18-year-old Mets prospect Ronny Mauricio, who is more than holding his own this season as one of the youngest players in Low-A ball, is listed as the No. 48 prospect in baseball on Keith Law of ESPN's midseason Top 50 prospects list.
Mauricio landed on the Baseball Prospectus Top 50 prpsoect list earlier this week, checking in at No. 45.
Noting how aggressive the Mets were by placing Mauricio with Low-A Columbia to start the season, Law adds that Mauricio still looks young relative to the league and "even runs like he's still learning his own body."
"But he has very good plate coverage and controls the barrel much better than you'd expect from his age and gangly appearance," Law explains. "He's a true shortstop with a chance to be an elite defender there, and we're probably three years from seeing his power potential come out. There is some good news on the farm, Mets fans, I promise."
While no other Mets made Law's Top 50, he did list Triple-A Syracuse LHP Anthony Kay among a handful of other players in his "Honorable Mention" section.
Mauricio, who the Mets signed for $2.1 million as an international free agent in 2017, is hitting .276/.314/.373 with three homers, three triples, 16 doubles, and four stolen bases in 77 games this season for Columbia.
"He has outstanding hitting ability, and we're trying to get him to become a more complete hitter," Columbia manager Pedro Lopez told MILB.com's Rob Terranova last month. "So while he does have some power, it's probably going to be the last tool he is going to develop. We see it in BP, but right now he and [hitting coach Luis Rivera] are working on narrowing his strike zone, staying away from chasing outside of that, and using the whole field."
Mauricio could open next season back at Columbia, but will likely find himself with High-A St. Lucie at some point in 2020.
While he might not be in Flushing until 2022 or so, Mauricio has true star potential.