The Mets' top two prospects -- 1B Peter Alonso and SS Andres Gimenez -- are repping the team in the Arizona Fall League, the October-November league run by MLB featuring many of the top prospects in the game.
Alonso is expected to be promoted to the Mets at some point after next May, after which calls by fans for Gimenez will begin to grow in volume.
According to MLB.com, Gimenez is considered the Mets top' prospect, followed by Alonso, with both checking in on the site's Top 100 at No. 55 and No. 58 respectively.
In eight at-bats during this year's Arizona Fall League, which began earlier this month, Gimenez has one hit (a home run), while drawing two walks and striking out twice. Meanwhile, Alonso is continuing to crush the ball, as he's gone 10-for-23 with a .500 OBP and 1.283 OPS, two doubles, two homers and six RBI, further demonstrating that he's ready to hit for the Mets as soon as next season.
Gimenez, who is still just 20 years old, has repeatedly been one of the youngest players in his league, be it during his debut or when promoted to Single-A and Double-A. In the month before he signed with the Mets during July, 2015, MLB.com ranked Gimenez the 19th-best international prospect on the open market. The Mets eventually inked him to a $1.2 million deal, after which he led the Dominican Summer League in on-base percentage and finished second in batting average and third in OPS.
In the years following, during his young professional career, Gimenez has developed a reputation for being an aggressive, old-school type player, be it in the field, on the bases or in the batter's box.
"He's young, but advanced, sort of a throwback to the classic middle infielder," a scout currently watching Gimenez recently told me. "He has a strong approach for Double-A, but he's going to have too be more aggressive in Triple-A and the big leagues or guys are going to carve him up. I wouldn't worry about him, though. He has repeatedly shown instincts and skills to overcome whatever is thrown at him."
The second scout I talked with predicted Gimenez may struggle with batting average, but he'll have no trouble quickly banging out 20 doubles and 20 stolen bases in his first season or two with the Mets.
Gimenez will likely continue to play primarily shortstop in 2019, the same position occupied on the Mets this past season by Amed Rosario, who in 2017 was considered the game's top prospect by MLB.com.
The New York Post reported in July that the Mets had been considering whether to get Rosario work in center field. He played all of his games at shortstop this past season and played seven games at third base during his five-year minor league career, while playing 429 games at shortstop. Similarly, while Gimenez played three games at second base this past season, he has played 119 games at shortstop since joining the organization.
The point is, someone is going to have to move, be it to a new position or a new team in trade. That said, a second scout I talked with said he would advise the Mets to keep Gimenez where he's at, while shifting the less-swift Rosario to third base...
"I don't see the kid as a second baseman, he's way too natural at short and he reads the ball off the bat about as well as anyone I've seen here," the scout added. "He's not the biggest, quickest, most powerful kid either, but he's sound and sure-handed. He's exactly what a pitching-rich team like the Mets need up the middle."
The scout later noted that, reminiscent of Omar Vizquel and Derek Jeter, the young Gimenez has an innate ability to be in the right place at the right time when the ball is put in play.
The two scouts also praised his quick and compact swing, but they again worry that he may be prone to falling behind in the count when facing advanced pitching.
"His swing is an indication that he knows he's never going to be a big power guy, but he absolutely has in-the-gap drive that, with his speed, will generate more than enough extra base hits," the first scout explained.
In the end, Gimenez could prove to be an instant 2-3 WAR shortstop during his zero-to-three years in the big leagues, at least according to projections made by one NL team that scouted Gimenez this past summer.
Meanwhile, the same team viewed Alonso as being able to hit 20-30 home runs during his first full season in the big leagues, though they worry that his long, power swing will result in a lot of frustrating strikeouts.
"He has the eye to balance those K's with walks, though," the team executive said. "If he does that, he'll join the long line of guys in this league with a lot of home runs, a high OBP and no batting average."
In terms of the developing lineup dynamic for the Mets, I'd gladly add the above two players to the team's batting order as soon as next summer. The idea of a 25-homer guy like Alonso joining the power I expect to be generated by Michael Conforto is enticing, especially if someone can motivate the team to sign Manny Machado to play third base. Similarly, the eye and gap hits from Gimenez would be a welcomed complement to Rosario and Brandon Nimmo at the top of the order.
The reality is it will be more of a struggle than smooth sailing, because that's the nature of promoting and regularly playing prospects. However, based on what the above talent evaluators are saying, not to mention reports by MLB.com, Baseball America and others, I think it's fair to imagine Alonso and Gimenez soon joining the bevy of head-turning twenty-somethings that are taking over the NL East.
By the way, also in the AFL this October is Mets outfield prospect Desmond Lindsay, who hit a pair of home runs late last week in a 6-2 win for his team.
"I've been working on a new swing," Lindsay told MLB Pipeline last week. "Today was the first day doing it, and I think it's safe to say I liked it."
According to the report, after hitting just .223 this past minor-league season, Lindsay's approach now includes a slight leg kick that's helping to create more rhythm in his his swing.
Due to multiple injuries, ranging from his legs to his elbow, the 21-year-old Lindsay has played in just 192 games since being drafted with the team's second pick in 2015.
"My past two years haven't been ideal, haven't been what I wanted, so I'm here to show what I can do and show that I still have it," he concluded.
MLB.com currently ranks Lindsay as the organization's 11th-best prospect and second-best outfielder.
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