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The Mets' system got a boost with their terrific Draft in April but took a serious hit when they traded pitching prospects Anthony Kay and Simeon Woods Richardson to the Blue Jays for Marcus Stroman. Here's how the top prospects are performing...
Andres Gimenez, SS, Double-A Binghamton -- ETA 2020
The 20-year-old Gimenez has just three hits in his last 17 at-bats.
Overall, he is hitting just .244/.305/.367 in 83 games this season with five homers, five triples, and 14 doubles. Gimenez, who can be a staple for the Mets at either shortstop or second base, was recently profiled by MetsBlog contributor Joe DeMayo here.
Ronny Mauricio, SS, Low-A Columbia -- ETA 2022
Mauricio, who we recently profiled here, is a switch-hitter who the Mets gave $2.1 million in 2017 as an international free agent.
The 18-year-old has been hot over his last seven games, with 11 hits in his last 26 at-bats, including two doubles and a triple. Overall, he is hitting .283/.324/.383 with three homers, four triples, and 20 doubles in 91 games this season.
Mauricio, who is roughly three years younger than the average player in his league, is the No. 45 prospect in baseball, according to Baseball Prospectus.
Ronny Mauricio can flat out hit! 💥 pic.twitter.com/Rpg30f72ck- Mets Farm Report (@MetsFarmReport) July 28, 2019
Mark Vientos, 3B, Low-A Columbia -- ETA 2021
After a really cold stretch, Vientos has hits in each of his last three games, including a pair of doubles. Overall, he is hitting .257/.305/.411 with 10 homers and 22 doubles in 91 games.
With the Mets needing a long-term answer at third base, the 19-year-old Vientos could be the guy.
"With bat speed and strength, Vientos produces exit velocities that are among the best in the system, up there with the likes of slugger Peter Alonso," MLB.com notes in their scouting report.
Shervyen Newton, SS, Low-A Columbia -- ETA 2022
Newton was hitting just .078 roughly three weeks into the season, had basically crawled all the way out the early hole he dug but is again in a rut -- with just three hits in his last 30 at-bats.
Overall, he is hitting .214/.280/.327 with six homers, 12 doubles and one triple in 66 games.
The 20-year-old Newton -- who we recently profiled here -- shows "a very advanced approach at the plate for a prospect his age," according to MLB.com's scouting report. He hit .280/.408/.449 with with five homers, 16 doubles, and two triples in 56 games last season for Rookie level Kingsport.
David Peterson, LHP, Double-A Binghamton -- ETA 2020
Peterson has been relatively sharp over the last month, but struggled during his last start, allowing four runs on eight hits while walking one and striking out two in 3.1 innings on July 16. After the start, he was placed on the 7-day IL.
The 23-year-old has a 4.43 ERA and 1.43 WHIP with 93 strikeouts in 87.1 innings (18 starts) this season.
Thomas Szapucki, LHP, High-A St. Lucie -- ETA 2021
Now recovered from Tommy John surgery, the 23-year-old Szapucki -- whose innings and pitch counts are being increased very slowly -- was recently promoted to High-A St. Lucie.
He tossed 5.0 shutout innings while striking out nine on July 22 during what was his longest outing of the season, and followed it up by allowing two runs on two hits while walking one and striking out six in 4.0 innings on July 27.
Overall this season, Szapucki has a 2.31 ERA and 1.13 WHIP with 51 strikeouts in 39.0 innings.
"His explosive fastball is electric with plus life, and he throws it in the 92-97 mph range," according to MLB.com's scouting report. "His power breaking ball can be a second plus pitch which freezes hitters and misses bats."
I dont know about you guys but this right here has sex appeal IMO. Mets pitching prospect Thomas Szapucki showing off this breaking ball all night last night for @stluciemets pic.twitter.com/i0YZtzTqKq- Ernest Dove (@ernestdove) July 17, 2019
Brett Baty, 3B, Rookie level Kingsport
Josh Wolf, RHP, Rookie level GCL
Matthew Allan, RHP, Rookie level GCL
The three most highly-regarded players the Mets took in the MLB Draft in June -- Baty (first round, No. 12 overall), Wolf (second round, 53rd overall), and Allan (third round, No. 89 overall) -- will all likely be on any future versions of the Mets' Top 10.
Baty, 19, hit .380/.480./.650 with one homer and three doubles for the GCL Mets before being promoted to Kingsport. For Kingsport, he has just 10 hits in 63 at-bats, but has homered three times.
Wolf, 18, has been assigned to the GCL Mets and made his debut on July 20, tossing a scoreless inning while allowing one hit, walking none and striking out two.
The 18-year-old Allan, who was rated by MLB.com as the 13th-best player in the MLB Draft and dropped due to signability concerns, is also with the GCL Mets.
He made his debut on July 28, tossing 1.0 scoreless frame while allowing one hit and striking out two.