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Double-A Binghamton 1B Peter Alonso (No. 73), recently-drafted OF Jarred Kelenic (No. 96), and High-A St. Lucie SS Andres Gimenez (No. 103) are the Mets represented on FanGraphs new Top 131 Prospects list.
The Yankees, whose farm system is viewed as one of the best in baseball, have four players on the list.
Absent from the FanGraphs list is Mets LHP prospect David Peterson, who dominated for Low-A Columbia before getting promoted to High-A St. Lucie a few days ago. The 22-year-old Peterson is No. 58 on Keith Law of ESPN's Top 100 Prospects list.
The 23-year-old Alonso is hitting .310/.441/.567 with 15 HR and 50 RBI in 62 games (210 at-bats) this season for Binghamton. Ben Badler of Baseball America wrote earlier this season that Alonso is becoming a more complete hitter who doesn't strike out a lot and is displaying more patience at the plate. And a look at his numbers -- 43 walks and 49 strikeouts -- bears that out.
This year isn't a fluke for Alonso, who has hit 301/.390/.548 with 38 HR between three minor league levels over three seasons (185 games). The Mets promoted Michael Conforto directly from Double-A in 2015 when he was at a similar point in his development as Alonso is now, but are reportedly not planning a similar jump for Alonso.
The 18-year-old Kelenic, who was tabbed by the Mets with the No. 6 overall pick during last week's MLB Draft, has high offensive upside and is viewed as a plus defender in center field.
"He's universally considered one of the best pure hitters in the class, with good feel for the strike zone and a mechanically-sound swing that he repeats well," John Sickels wrote recently for Minor League Ball. "His hitting skills are quite polished, especially for a cold-weather bat."
Kelenic was ranked as the sixth-best Draft prospect by ESPN's Keith Law, eighth-best by Fangraphs, 10th-best by MLB.com, and 12th-best by Baseball America.
''Kelenic is the one prep position player who has separated himself from the pack over the past 10 months," Law wrote, "showing a broad mix of tools and several plus, including power, speed and arm strength.''
The 19-year-old Gimenez is hitting .274/.341/.431 with four HR, 13 doubles, three triples, and 21 stolen bases in 55 games this season.
What makes Gimenez's line even more impressive is the fact that he's putting up those numbers while playing in a league where he's roughly three years younger than the average player.
Gimenez, who is viewed as a smooth-fielding shortstop who should stay at the position, has "excellent bat control," is "a potential plus hitter," and "should develop at least average pop," John Calvagno of Scouting The Sally wrote after last season.