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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 -- is viewed by most minor league experts as one of the best 50 or so prospects in baseball.
After opening the season by hitting .283/.345/.453 over his first 12 games, Gimenez has been streaky as he has alternated between hot stretches and really cold snaps. He is in one of those cold snaps right now, with just three hits in his last 23 at-bats as his line for the season has dipped to .232/.293/.366.
Ronny Mauricio, SS, Low-A Columbia (No. 2) -- ETA 2022
The 18-year-old Mauricio, a switch-hitter who the Mets gave $2.1 million in 2017 as an international free agent, has been struggling to get on track -- not a huge surprise for a player who is roughly three years younger than the average player in Low-A ball.
Mauricio is hitting .266/.316/.306 with three doubles and one triple in 31 games (124 at-bats). Mauricio is the No. 68 prospect in baseball, according to FanGraphs. If he performs well this summer, look for his name to be on most Top 100 lists.
Mark Vientos, 3B, Low-A Columbia (No. 3) -- ETA 2021
Vientos, 19, is hitting .219/.306/.324 with two homers and five doubles in 31 games (105 at-bats) this season after having a breakout season in 2018 for Rookie-level Kingsport.
"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 (No. 4) -- ETA 2022
The 19-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. Newton has struggled mightily so far this season, hitting .078/.203/.098 in 16 games (51 at-bats).
David Peterson, LHP, Double-A Binghamton (No. 5) -- ETA 2020
After getting tattooed on April 29 (allowing seven runs on six hits in just 1.2 innings), Peterson has rebounded over his last two starts, allowing just two runs in 10.2 innings while walking four and striking out 12.
#Mets top pitching prospect David Peterson bounced back from his worst pro outing with a season-high nine strikeouts yesterday for Binghamton.- Jacob Resnick (@Jacob_Resnick) May 5, 2019
Did allow nine hits, but there was a ton of BABIP unluckiness involved. pic.twitter.com/KDWAgnB81T
Simeon Woods Richardson, RHP, Low-A Columbia (No. 6) -- ETA 2022
After the 18-year-old opened the season in dominant fashion, posting a 1.23 ERA and 0.75 WHIP while striking out 22 batters and walking none in 14.2 innings (five starts), Woods Richardson has struggled over his last three starts, allowing 15 runs in a combined 8.2 innings.
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.
Anthony Kay, LHP, Double-A Binghamton (No. 7) -- ETA 2020
Kay kept the dominance going and had his longest outing of the season on May 7, allowing one run in 7.0 innings while walking one and striking out four. He has been utterly brilliant this season, with a 1.47 ERA and 0.93 WHIP with 37 strikeouts in 36.2 innings -- while allowing just 19 hits.
The 24-year-old Kay has moved up the ladder along with David Peterson. And like Peterson, he profiles as a mid-rotation starter.
Kay could potentially help the Mets later this season, and was recently profiled by SNY contributor Joe DeMayo here.
A first-round draft pick of the @Mets in 2016, Anthony Kay is finally feeling healthy again and putting up consistent numbers with the @RumblePoniesBB. The question, how long will we see the former @UConnBSB pitcher in Binghamton?@Mets_Minors pic.twitter.com/rIRPmU94ZF- Kiley Farrell (@KileyFarrellTV) May 1, 2019
Thomas Szapucki, LHP, Low-A Columbia (No. 8) -- ETA 2021
Now recovered from Tommy John surgery, the 22-year-old Szapucki -- whose innings are being increased very slowly -- tossed two scoreless, hitless frames while walking one and striking out two on May 11.
Szapucki, who has a 1.23 ERA and 1.23 WHIP with eight strikeouts in 7.1 innings this season, is further away than David Peterson and Anthony Kay because of the delay due to Tommy John surgery -- but he arguably has more upside than either.
"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."