The Mets' first season under general manager Brodie Van Wagenen had its ups and downs, as the club dug itself into an early hole by going 40-50 during the first half before surging to win 46 of 72 games after the All-Star break and finish with 86 wins. And while
The Mets' first season under general manager Brodie Van Wagenen had its ups and downs, as the club dug itself into an early hole by going 40-50 during the first half before surging to win 46 of 72 games after the All-Star break and finish with 86 wins. And while the Mets ultimately came up short in their quest to reach the postseason, there were enough bright spots along the way to warrant an optimistic outlook for the 2020 season.
TOP 5 PROSPECTS:
Ronny Mauricio (Kingsport 2018), SS (No. 80 on Top 100)
Brett Baty (Kingsport 2019), 3B (No. 81)
Andrés Giménez, SS (No. 92)
Matthew Allan, RHP
Francisco Alvarez (Kingsport 2019), C
HITTING PROSPECT OF THE YEAR
Mark Vientos (Kingsport 2017-18), 3B: The youngest player in the 2017 Draft, when the Mets took him in the second round, Vientos hit .255/.300/.411 with 12 home runs and 27 doubles in 111 games for Class A Columbia in his first full season. The 19-year-old was particularly good in the second half, slashing .271/.315/.462 with seven homers, 15 doubles and 37 RBIs over his final 52 contests.
Francisco Alvarez, C (No. 5): Signed for $2.7 million in July 2018, Alvarez was assigned to the Rookie Gulf Coast League for his pro debut and played all of seven games there before moving up to the Appalachian League where, at age 17, he batted .282/.377/.443 with five homers in 35 games. He ultimately hit .312/.407/.510 with seven homers between the two levels, showing an advanced right-handed bat with power potential and plate discipline to boot.
Draft: Brett Baty, 3B, 1st round (No. 2 on Top 30)
Waivers:Stephen Gonsalves (Elizabethton 2013-14), LHP (No. 23; from Twins)
The Mets brought in a haul during the Draft, as they landed one of the top hitters in the class in Baty with the No. 12 overall pick. The Mets claimed Gonsalves, a former Top 100 prospect and potential bounce-back candidate in 2020, off waivers from the Twins early in the offseason.
Power: Brett Baty
Arm:Shervyen Newton (Kingsport 2018)
Best athlete: Ronny Mauricio
Changeup:Jose Butto (Kingsport 2018)