No surprises here.
MLB Pipeline released a new list of the Mets' top 30 prospects ahead of the 2019 season, and the first two names should come as little surprise for Mets fans. They've been hearing plenty about Peter Alonso and Andres Gimenez over the last few months, so it makes sense the duo are the first- and second-ranked prospects in the system, respectively.
Alonso (51st overall on MLB's top 100 list) is closer to the Major Leagues than Gimenez (58th overall), who finished last season with Double-A Binghamton. Alonso is currently competing for a spot on the Opening Day roster, but the expectation is that he will begin the season in the Minors until the Super-2 deadline passes, which would give the Mets an extra year of control over the University of Florida product.
The 24-year-old first baseman broke out last season, posting a .314/.440/.573 slash line with Binghamton before heading to Triple-A Las Vegas. There, he clubbed 21 homers to finish with 36 on the season.
Another shortstop, Ronny Mauricio, checks in as the No. 3 prospect. 2017 second-rounder Mark Vientos is No. 4 after he showed power in his first full season in the Minors, and shortstop Shervyen Newton rounds out the top five. Former first-round picks David Thompson (sixth) and Anthony Kay (eighth), both of whom are left-handed pitchers, also made the list.
Gimenez, 20, also earned a Spring Training invite. The 20-year-old shortstop hit .282 with six homers and 30 RBI before his promotion to Binghamton toward the end of the season.