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Every Monday, we'll be taking a look at how the Mets' top prospects (their MLB.com Mets Top 10 rankings are in parenthesis) are faring.
Andres Gimenez, SS, Double-A Binghamton (No. 1) -- ETA 2020
The 20-year-old Gimenez -- who is the Mets' No. 1 prospect now that Pete Alonso's prospect status has expired -- has hits in 10 of his last 12 games, including five multi-hit games in that span.
Overall, he is hitting just .243/.309/.364 in 71 games this season with four homers, four triples, and 13 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 (No. 2) -- 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 is hitting .276/.313/.372 with three homers, three triples, and 17 doubles in 81 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.
Anthony Kay, LHP, Triple-A Syracuse (No. 3) -- ETA Late-2019
After dominating for Double-A Binghamton earlier this season, the 24-year-old Kay took it on the chin a bit during his first four Triple-A starts, but was strong on July 12, allowing one run on five hits in 5.2 innings while walking none and striking out three.
Due to his incredible display before being promoted, Kay has risen from the club's eighth-ranked preseason prospect to the the third-best.
Mark Vientos, 3B, Low-A Columbia (No. 4) -- ETA 2021
Vientos had a huge weekend, going 6-for-11 with two homers (including an inside-the-parker) and four RBI as he raised his triple slash for the season to .267/.317/.422. He has hit nine homers and 19 doubles in 80 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.
Mark Vientos, the #Mets' No. 4 prospect, went with an inside-the-parker as he collected his eighth homer of the year for @ColaFireflies.- MLB Pipeline (@MLBPipeline) July 13, 2019
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Shervyen Newton, SS, Low-A Columbia (No. 5) -- ETA 2022
Newton was hitting just .078 roughly three weeks into the season, but he has almost crawled all the way out of the early hole he dug. Newton has been on absolute fire over his last eight games, with 16 hits in 33 at-bats, including two homers and three doubles.
Overall, he is hitting .225/.291/.335 with four homers, 12 doubles, and one triple in 66 games.
The 20-year-old Newton 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.
Shervyen Newton consecutive multi-hit games:- Mets Farm Report (@MetsFarmReport) July 11, 2019
Newton is now batting .545 over his last five games. 🤯 pic.twitter.com/rd1W7ellJb
David Peterson, LHP, Double-A Binghamton (No. 6) -- ETA 2020
Peterson had a strong start on July 11, allowing two runs (one earned) on four hits while walking two and striking out five in 5.2 innings.
The 23-year-old has a 4.18 ERA and 1.38 WHIP with 91 strikeouts in 84.0 innings (17 starts) this season.
Simeon Woods Richardson, RHP, Low-A Columbia (No. 7) -- ETA 2022
Woods Richardson hasn't allowed more than two runs in any of his last seven starts. In his start on July 11, he allowed one run on two hits while walking one and striking out six in 5.0 innings.
Overall this season, the 18-year-old -- who had a rough four-start stretch in May that has skewed his overall numbers, has a 4.63 ERA and 1.28 WHIP with 82 strikeouts in 68 innings (18 starts).
The Mets' second-round pick (No. 48) in the 2018 draft, Woods Richardson has one of the most electric arms in the system, with a fastball that reaches as high as 97 MPH and had Mickey Callaway raving during Spring Training.
Similar to Ronny Mauricio, look for Woods Richardson to get some love on Top 100 Prospect lists later this season if he excels.
Thomas Szapucki, LHP, High-A St. Lucie (No. 8) -- 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 allowed one run on four hits while walking one and striking out three in 3.1 innings on July 9, during what was his second start for St. Lucie.
Overall this season, Szapucki has a 2.13 ERA and 1.14 WHIP with 29 strikeouts in 25.1 innings.
Aside from perhaps Simeon Woods Richardson, it can be argued that Szapucki has the highest upside of any starting pitcher in the Mets' farm system.
"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."
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 updated 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 four hits (including two homers and one double) in 26 at-bats.
Wolf, 18, has been assigned to the GCL Mets and has not yet made his debut.
The 18-year-old Allan, who was rated by MLB.com as the 13th-best player in the Draft and dropped due to signability concerns, is also with the GCL Mets and has also not yet made his debut.