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TRACK RECORD: Mauricio ranked as the No. 3 prospect in the 2017 international signing class— Rays shortstop Wander Franco was No. 1—and signed for $2.1 million. That set a franchise bonus record for a Latin American amateur that was surpassed by Venezuelan catcher Francisco Alvarez a year later. Mauricio shined in his pro debut in the Rookie-level Gulf Coast League in 2018. The Mets pushed him to the low Class A South Atlantic League in 2019, where he, Phillies shortstop Luis Garcia and Mariners outfielder Julio Rodriguez were the only 18-year-old regulars on Opening Day. Mauricio impressed scouts enough to rank as the league's No. 5 prospect. SCOUTING REPORT: Mauricio has the potential to impact games with his bat and as a left-sideof- the-infield defender, though his rosiest outlook is predicated on projection. Mauricio is lanky and long-limbed, and it's an open question as to whether his narrow, 6-foot-3 frame will add significant mass. The good news is that he is an elite athlete who can stay on the dirt and already stands out for making loud contact with an easy swing from both sides of the plate. The bad news is that his long levers create unavoidable length to his swing that could impact his batting average down the line. Mauricio uses an all-fields hitting approach and adjusts well to breaking and offspeed stuff, but he tends to be overaggressive and puts too many pitchers' pitches in play. That contributed to him having one of the highest groundball rates in the SAL. He has no problem dropping the bat head on inside pitches for deep power to his pull side when he's locked in on a pitcher. Scouts came away pleasantly surprised by Mauricio's defensive play. He has the plus arm, body control and quick first step to make all the plays required at shortstop. He won't be a factor on the basepaths because he's a fringe runner who figures to slow down. THE FUTURE: Scouts who like Mauricio see at least an average hitter with plus power who has the grace and hands of a major league shortstop or possibly a third baseman. The hot corner is probably the position for which he's destined with the Mets, who have pure shortstops Amed Rosario and Andres Gimenez ahead of him. Mauricio should spend the bulk of 2020 at high Class A St. Lucie and begin to enter the big league picture in 2022.
TRACK RECORD: The Mets loved Alvarez's combination of tools when they signed him, but they were equally enamored of his work ethic and grinding mentality. Rival scouts mirrored the Mets' praise after getting a look at the 17-year-old catcher at a pair of Rookie-level stops in his 2019 pro debut. Alvarez hit .462 during a week in the Gulf Coast League before his manager implored the Mets to promote him. He continued to hit as the youngest player in the Appalachian League, ranking as the circuit's No. 1 prospect. SCOUTING REPORT: Alvarez has the potential to be a franchise catcher. He handles velocity and stays on breaking balls, while showing elite bat-to-ball ability and power straightaway and to the opposite field. Alvarez has special potential with the bat and could be a plus overall hitter with power. He has all the ingredients behind the plate to start for a winning team, including a high energy level and the massive hands and forearms of a big league backstop. He receives well and keeps the running game in check with a plus arm. On his to-do list are fine-tuning his pitch-framing and game-calling. THE FUTURE: Alvarez desires to be great and has put in the work to learn English and condition his body. Look for him to make a splash in full-season ball in 2020 and get on the big league radar in 2023.
TRACK RECORD: Baty played basketball and football at Lake Travis High but shone brightest in baseball, where he was Gatorade player of the year as a junior and then even more prolific as a senior. He hit .624 with 19 homers in 93 at-bats in his draft year and was recognized by scouts as one of the top hitters, top power hitters and most disciplined hitters in the 2019 high school draft class. The complicating factor for Baty was his age—19 and a half on draft day—which dropped him to the Mets at No. 12. He signed for $3.9 million and showed power and patience in a 51-game pro debut focused at Rookie-level Kingsport. SCOUTING REPORT: Baty's value is concentrated in his lefthanded bat, and he is a better athlete than his physical 6-foot-3 frame suggests. He might have fielded Division I offers as a quarterback had he not dropped football as a sophomore and he can dunk a basketball. His prodigious power plays to both his pull side and the opposite field and is supported by high-end exit velocities and a swing geared for loft. Baty can handle velocity, doesn't often chase out of the zone and takes his walks, so the Mets expect him to be a solid-average hitter or better. He is a notoriously hard worker who handled third base better than expected in his pro debut, showing average potential and a plus arm that once fired 92 mph heat off the mound in high school. THE FUTURE: Baty turned 20 in November and because of his age doesn't have the typical grace period of a prep pick. He needs to hit the ground running at low Class A Columbia and move up at least one level during the season.
TRACK RECORD: Allan ranked as the top high school pitching prospect in a 2019 draft class regarded by scouts as thin on prep arms. A mid-first round talent, Allan fell to the third round because he priced himself at $4 million in a draft in which only Quinn Priester, taken 18th overall by the Pirates, cleared $3 million. Allan signed for $2.5 million, the second-highest bonus for a high school pitcher in the draft and the most the Mets could offer after signing first-rounder Brett Baty and second-rounder Josh Wolf for a combined $6.05 million of their $8.225 million bonus pool. Allan signed in late June and made six brief appearances, mostly in the Rookie-level Gulf Coast League. SCOUTING REPORT: The Mets viewed Allan as the best pitcher in the 2019 draft because of his combination of stuff, physicality, competitive makeup and a sound, repeatable, low-effort delivery. He already looks like a major league starter, and while that may preclude projection to the same degree as other teen pitchers, his present stuff is plenty good. He topped out at 97 mph in his pro debut and pitched at 93-96 with a plus fastball. His attention-getting 77-82 mph curveball has double-plus potential and a consistent spin rate in excess of 2,500 revolutions per minute. He locates his curve well but needs to fine-tune command of the pitch. Allan will receive a crash course in changeup usage in pro ball, but the pitch projects as solid-average. THE FUTURE: Allan's stuff is firm and plays in the strike zone, giving him an absolute ceiling of a No. 2 starter and the chance to move quickly for a high school pitcher. He should have no trouble opening 2020 at low Class A Columbia.
TRACK RECORD: The No. 2 prospect in the 2015 international signing class, Gimenez shot to Double-A as a 19-year-old in 2018 but stalled offensively in a return to the Eastern League in 2019. He hit just .235 in the first half before showing signs of life in the second half, hitting .261/.306/.406 in 70 games with six of his nine home runs. He hit .358 with a .970 OPS in the Arizona Fall League, where he focused on keeping his upper and lower halves synced, trusting his hands and using all fields. SCOUTING REPORT: Gimenez is a heady player who will flash all five tools but impacts games mostly with his glove, arm and plus speed. He is one of the best defensive shortstops in the minors and commands the infield at a tender age. He minimizes mistakes with reliable hands and a plus, accurate arm. Gimenez tinkered with his swing early in 2019 in an effort to generate more power, but it didn't take. At his best he is a disciplined, line drive-oriented hitter who should grow into double-digit power to go with an average overall bat. He has improved his speed to plus and tuned up his basestealing aggressiveness. THE FUTURE: Gimenez is athletic, but a lack of physicality limits his offensive upside. His defensive acumen will afford him opportunities to develop his bat in the big leagues, where outlooks range from a starting middle infielder to a utility role.
TRACK RECORD: Following an encouraging 2018 season in Rookie ball that included 11 homers and nearly as many walks as strikeouts, Vientos didn't have much to show through his first month at low Class A Columbia in 2019. A struggle to pick up spin on breaking pitches from righthanders led him to a .233 average and .100 isolated slugging through 35 games. Vientos picked up the pace afterward and produced a .205 ISO over his next 65 games before tailing off in mid-August. SCOUTING REPORT: Power is going to be Vientos' ticket to advancement, and making the best possible swing decisions will be the key to reaching that goal. He sees lefthanders well and can impact a pitch with plus bat speed, strong hand-eye coordination and loft power. He lacks the natural feel for barrel manipulation and fluidity to be anything more than an adequate hitter for average. Drafted as a shortstop, Vientos shifted to third base in 2018. He throws well and his hands work, but below-average speed, mobility and footwork limit his defensive upside. THE FUTURE: Vientos is physically mature for his age and faces a possible move to first base down the line, but the thunder in his bat is real and could make him an attractive corner masher.
TRACK RECORD: Szapucki burst on the scene in 2016 when he struck out nearly 15 batters per nine innings at a pair of short-season stops. He failed to build on that success in 2017, when he had Tommy John surgery in July that knocked him out for all of 2018. Szapucki returned in 2019 and cruised through two Class A stops on tight pitch counts before making one Double-A start to close the season. SCOUTING REPORT: Szapucki has experienced the highs and lows of professional baseball. Likewise, his pitches explore the highs and lows of the strike zone, and his high-spin rate arsenal makes him a prototype pitcher for baseball today. Szapucki's sneaky fastball sits 91-93 mph with carry up in the zone and he can reach 95 when needed. His curveball is the best in the system and features deep breaking action in the low 80s to change hitters' eye levels. He has good feel for a near-average changeup and began throwing it with more conviction as his comfort level grew in his return. THE FUTURE: Szapucki has a major league arm, though it remains to be seen if it fits in the rotation or bullpen. His time table will be accelerated in 2020, his first year on the 40-man roster. His focus will remain building arm strength and gaining reps, most likely at Double-A.
TRACK RECORD: Wolf improved his velocity as a high school senior to sit in the mid-90s and occasionally reach 97 mph after he had ranged from 88-92 on the 2018 showcase circuit. Scouts took immediate notice of his velocity spike as well as his continued ability to throw strikes, making Wolf one of the more prominent pop-up prospects for the 2019 draft. The Mets selected him in the second round and went nearly $800,000 over slot to sign him. Wolf made five appearances in the Rookie-level Gulf Coast League, where he struck out 12 and walked only one in eight innings. SCOUTING REPORT: Wolf throws two plus pitches, shows an aggressive mound demeanor that endears him to scouts and is a twitchy athlete with a quick arm and projectable frame. He pitched at 94 mph with life in his pro debut and ranged from 91-96 while continuing to throw strikes. Wolf shows aptitude for spinning a 79-83 mph curveball that projects as a plus pitch once he develops the command to shape it consistently. Like most high school righthanders, he doesn't have a lot of experience throwing a changeup but has the ingredients to develop an average one. THE FUTURE: Wolf needs to add about 15 pounds to his frame, but his athleticism and presence give him a mid-rotation ceiling. He should be ready for low Class A in 2020.
TRACK RECORD: The Mets had a good feeling about Smith in 2018, when they drafted him in the seventh round and watched him dominate New York-Penn League competition with a 0.76 ERA in 23.2 innings. He looked even better in 2019, when he reached Double-A in July of his full-season debut while striking out 10 and walking 3 per nine innings and allowing six home runs in 23 starts. He earned the Mets' minor league pitcher of the year award. SCOUTING REPORT: The athletic, 6-foot-5 Smith has firm stuff but leans on deception and angle to succeed. He pitches at 90 mph from a slightly low three-quarters arm slot with plus arm speed and tailing life on his fastball. His low-80s slider features wide angle and high spin. The pitch is death on lefthanded hitters, who managed just .207 with three extra-base hits—all doubles—in 116 at-bats in 2019. Smith has developed a near-average changeup in pro ball. THE FUTURE: Smith is one of the hardest workers and fiercest competitors in the system. He met the challenge of Double-A a year into his pro career and should be ready for Triple-A—and beyond—by the second half of 2020. He profiles as a No. 5-type starter or quality bullpen arm.
TRACK RECORD: Drafted 20th overall in 2017, Peterson spent the entirety of his third pro season in Double-A and made a career-high 24 starts. He ranked fifth in the Eastern League with 122 strikeouts while placing among the Double-A leaders in groundball rate (52.6 percent) and swinging-strike rate (13.7 percent) among pitchers with 100 innings. SCOUTING REPORT: Peterson offers proof that looks can be deceiving. At 6-foot-6, 240 pounds, he looks like a power pitcher but instead relies on working ahead, location and sequencing. Peterson is a strike-thrower who generates late swings and mis-hits thanks to the extension in is delivery that makes his 87-92 mph fastball look faster. His swing-and-miss slider has been his primary weapon dating back to college. The pitch has slurvy shape, late break and plus depth. Peterson's below-average changeup is not a significant factor and is more of a show-me pitch. THE FUTURE: Peterson's lack of fine command and sometimes questionable body language turn off some scouts, but he's lefthanded, throws strikes and has a plus slider. He could begin getting looks at the back of the rotation beginning in 2020.
TRACK RECORD: The Mets love to throw darts at Florida high school pitchers in the later rounds of the draft. Humphreys is one of their more notable hits. He led the Rookie-level Appalachian League in strikeouts in 2016 and really began to pop at low Class A Columbia in the first half of 2017, when he went 10-1, 1.42 in 11 starts and earned a promotion to high Class A St. Lucie. After two Florida State League starts his season was over and he had Tommy John surgery that August. SCOUTING REPORT: Those two FSL appearances were the last the Mets saw of Humphreys until a pair of 2019 rehab starts in the Rookie-level Gulf Coast League, followed by 12 innings in the Arizona Fall League. Humphreys succeeds more with command than pure stuff but has the ability to dot the corners and also pitch north-south effectively thanks to the spin and ride on his fastball. He pitches in the low 90s with a high near 94 mph and works both sides of the plate effectively. Humphreys' high-spin, high-70s curveball pairs well with his fastball and has average depth. His average changeup has action to his arm side. He began regaining feel for the pitch after the layoff in the AFL. THE FUTURE: Despite missing nearly two and a half seasons, Humphreys showed enough in the AFL to convince the Mets to add him to the 40-man roster to shield him from the Rule 5 draft. He has the ceiling of a No. 4 starter and is probably two years away.
TRACK RECORD: Mets international scouts don't typically recommend signing 16-year-old pitchers for large bonuses, but they made an exception for Santos, a 6-foot-8 righthander from Santiago in the mountainous northern region of the Dominican Republic. He signed for $275,000 in 2017 and two years later was impressing scouts and managers as an 18-year-old in the Rookie-level Appalachian League. The teenager worked on tight pitch counts, never topping 73 pitches or 4.1 innings in a start for Kingsport. SCOUTING REPORT: Santos embodies all the positive and negative attributes that come with a pitcher of his extreme height. He gets over his front side well and releases the ball closer to home plate than most pitchers thanks to the plus extension in his delivery. Syncing his long levers, repeating his arm action and holding baserunners are challenges for Santos, as they are for most extra tall pitchers. Santos is a strong, flexible athlete who easily generates 90-94 mph velocity and peaks at 95. His frame has room to add weight, giving him the potential to hold and possibly add velocity. Santos throws a slurvy breaking ball in the high 70s that has above-average spin and swing-and-miss potential, especially as he learns to stay on top of the ball more consistently. He needs to fine-tune his fastball command and develop his changeup. THE FUTURE: Both the Mets and outside observers rave about Santos' work ethic and coachability, which coupled with his ease of operation gives him at least a chance to remain in the rotation. If control and command shortfalls force him to the bullpen, he has the potential to be a high-leverage reliever. Santos won't turn 19 until mid-August of 2020, so his Opening Day assignment is up in the air.
TRACK RECORD: The Mets exchanged veteran second baseman Asdrubal Cabrera for Kilome at the 2018 trade deadline in a deal with the Phillies. He made seven starts for Double-A Binghamton after the trade but had Tommy John surgery in October and didn't appear in a game in 2019. Before his lost year, the tall, lean Kilome had recently turned a corner in his development and had spent a full season at Double-A. SCOUTING REPORT: Keeping his long levers in sync has been a challenge for Kilome, but when he throws strikes his power arsenal is well suited to today's game. He fires high-spin, mid-90s fastballs that top out near 97 mph. The extension in Kilome's delivery helps the ball get on hitters quickly. His curveball is a strikeout weapon that combines velocity and top-to-bottom spin. He began to command the pitch with greater frequency in 2018 to lock up hitters with called strikes. Kilome also throws a distinct slider and has feel for a changeup but tends to rely on his top two pitches. He has tended to work with traffic on the bases because of higher than average walk rates and elevated hit rates. THE FUTURE: Kilome lacks the type of command to be a front-of-the-rotation starter, but the quality of his top two pitches would make him at attractive relief option. He should be ready for Triple-A in short order in 2020 and could factor for the big league team if things go according to plan.
TRACK RECORD: Otañez signed as an 18-year-old in 2016 and then missed the 2017 season while recovering from Tommy John surgery. He didn't begin to pop on scouts' radars until 2019, when he dominated the Rookie-level Appalachian League on his way to short-season Brooklyn in late July. In 14 starts total he recorded a 3.14 ERA in 63 innings with 70 strikeouts and a 1.27 WHIP. SCOUTING REPORT: Otañez is tall, physical and long-limbed and appears to be a late bloomer after breaking out at age 21, in his fourth pro season. His 95-98 mph velocity stands out as does his threepitch repertoire and durability. His fastball has good life to his arm side that he uses to work inside on righthanded hitters and set up a slider that projects as a plus pitch. Otañez also throws an above-average changeup that he locates away from lefthanded hitters. He can locate all his pitches for strikes but doesn't hide the ball well, which inhibits his deception. THE FUTURE: Otañez has one of the more electric arms on the Mets' farm. Given his outstanding fastball/ slider combination, it's easy to envision him as a future high-leverage reliever—but the quality of his changeup argues otherwise. Otañez has promise but a long climb ahead of him.
TRACK RECORD: A 16-year-old Dominguez didn't draw much attention in his native Venezuela in the 2018 international signing class. A move to the Dominican Republic to train completely reversed his fortune. Dominguez's velocity spiked to 97 mph during his two-month program in the Dominican after he made mechanical adjustments. The Mets signed him in November 2019, a few days before he turned 18. SCOUTING REPORT: Dominguez topped out at 99 mph toward the end of Dominican instructional league and is one of the hardest-throwing 18-year-olds in the world. His sturdy 6-foot-4 frame, elite velocity and feel for a breaking ball him an exciting rotation prospect. Dominguez's curveball flashes average with late action and depth and could be developed as a plus pitch. He doesn't have much feel yet for a changeup. THE FUTURE: Dominguez stands as one of the best pitching prospects in the 2019 international signing class, but like any teenage pitcher, he is a complete wild card. The Mets don't invest heavily in teen Latin pitchers, but the ones they have signed began their pro careers in the Dominican Summer League.
TRACK RECORD: The Mets awarded their highest international bonus in 2019 to Ramirez, a 16-year-old Dominican outfielder who signed for $2.05 million. He signed a 2020 contract but made his first U.S. appearance at the Mets' instructional camp in the fall, where he showed off the physicality, athleticism and raw tools that excite scouts, particularly his chance to hit for impact power. SCOUTING REPORT: Tall and athletic, Ramirez is a potential power-speed threat in center field. That projection hinges on his ability to remain light on his feet, but his frame has plenty of room to add strength without becoming bulky and sacrificing his plus speed. Ramirez shows present pull-side power and has the bat speed to impact velocity. Scouts are divided on his feel to hit. Ramirez has long arms, a lengthy swing and timing issues at the plate, which could inhibit his feel for hitting. The Mets like his barrel control and don't share those concerns. Ramirez tracks the ball well in the outfield and can be an above-average defender with an average arm. THE FUTURE: Ramirez is a raw but exciting talent whose career could unfold in many different ways. His career will begin in Rookie ball in 2020.
TRACK RECORD: Newton spent two seasons in the Dominican Summer League before bursting on the prospect scene at Rookie-level Kingsport in 2018, when the shortstop led the Appalachian League with 16 doubles. He fell flat in his follow up at low Class A Columbia in 2019, hitting .209 with one of the highest strikeout rates (33 percent) in the South Atlantic League and a .613 OPS that ranked ninth worst. SCOUTING REPORT: Newton missed time in spring training with a shoulder injury and never seemed to get into a groove. He made hard contact when he connected and had no trouble catching up with velocity, but breaking pitches gave him fits and led to a compromising swinging-strike rate. A 6-foot-4 switchhitter, Newton shows easy plus power from the left side and has a chance to develop into a power-over-hit infielder. Newton spent most of his time at second base while playing on the same Columbia infield as shortstop Ronny Mauricio and third baseman Mark Vientos. Newton's height and physicality stand out at second base, where he has the requisite athleticism, sure hands and arm strength. Some scouts envision him settling in at third base or possibly an outfield corner. THE FUTURE: The Mets left Newton unprotected in the Rule 5 draft, gambling that his rough edges would leave him without the skills needed to survive a season on the major league roster. They were right. He will need a big year with the bat to vault back into the Mets' plans.
TRACK RECORD: The Mets signed Valdez, a powerful righthanded-hitting corner outfielder, for $1.4 million in 2018. He embarked on his pro debut in the Dominican Summer League in 2019, where he clubbed 23 extra-base hits to rank in the 85th percentile for isolated slugging among DSL batters. SCOUTING REPORT: The 6-foot-3 Valdez is physically mature for a 17-year-old, but his thin ankles and athletic bloodline are positive indicators that he won't become too thick. His present strength and quick swing translate to plus-plus raw power with a chance to reach plus game power. His flyball-oriented hitting approach will help him maximize power, as will his above-average plate discipline for a teen slugger. Valdez should hit for a respectable average but is definitely a power-over-hit profile. He is a solid defensive right fielder with a plus arm but below-average speed. THE FUTURE: With a corner profile, Valdez will go as far as his bat takes him. His next step will be Rookie ball in the U.S. and he will require at least four seasons of development.
TRACK RECORD: Butto signed as a 19-year-old out of Venezuela in 2017 and spent two seasons in shortseason leagues before being assigned to low Class A Columbia in 2019. He rounded into shape after a rocky start and ranked inside the South Atlantic League top 10 with a 3.62 ERA and 1.17 WHIP. SCOUTING REPORT: Butto throws the best changeup in the Mets' farm system. It elicits swings and misses from both lefthanded and righthanded batters with its diving action, coupled with Butto's convincing arm speed. That plus pitch allowed him to record the sixth highest swinging-strike rate in the SAL. Butto pitched in the low 90s early in the season but gained steam as the season progressed and he shifted to a two-inning role. He sat mid-90s and topped out at 98 mph late in the season, that extra velocity making his changeup even more devastating as batters geared up for heat. His below-average curveball shows slurve action and suffers from poor command. THE FUTURE: Butto is primed to move quickly as a fastball/changeup reliever if the Mets want to pursue that route. He would need to make dramatic progress with his curve to profile in the rotation.
TRACK RECORD: Palmer grew up in Flushing and played high school ball a few miles from Citi Field. The Mets liked what they saw and signed him for an over-slot $200,000 as a 22nd-round pick in 2018. Palmer hit .310 in his pro debut in the Rookie-level Gulf Coast League and continued to surpass expectations at Rookie-level Kingsport in 2019, when he ranked among the Appalachian League leaders with 63 hits, 31 walks and 100 total bases. SCOUTING REPORT: Palmer is a twitchy athlete whose power potential is his most promising tool. He has grown to 6-foot-4 in the past few years, while his long limbs and broad shoulders suggest the potential for continued muscle gain. Palmer went deep seven times in the Appy League and hits the ball hard consistently when he connects. Making contact is an area for improvement after he registered a 39 percent strikeout rate and league-leading 108 whiffs. He tends to pull off the ball while trying to get to his power. Palmer split his time evenly between third base and shortstop and is projected by scouts to stay on the infield. He probably fits best at third because of his frame, average arm and fringe-average speed that figures to diminish. THE FUTURE: Palmer shares some similarities with Shervyen Newton as a physical infielder with enticing power and high strikeout totals. He should get a crack at low Class A in 2020.
TRACK RECORD: Nuñez signed at age 20 in October 2016 and spent two seasons in Rookie ball before becoming more of a known commodity in 2019, when he pitched at two Class A levels. He didn't take the mound after July 11 because of a right shoulder injury, but when healthy he showed swing-and-miss stuff with 10.6 strikeouts per nine innings against just 2.6 walks per nine. SCOUTING REPORT: Nuñez stands out most for his fastball, which he throws 92-96 mph with an elite spin rate in excess of 2,600 revolutions per minute. The pitch averages 93 mph and has natural cutting action that makes it difficult for opponents to square up. Nuñez's slurvy breaking ball averages about 80 mph and grades as an average pitch. He shows some feel for a changeup that grades near average. While Nuñez throws three pitches at or near average, he lacks a true out pitch, which puts his upside potential in doubt. His ability to execute pitches effectively is also hampered by a wrist wrap and wandering release point. THE FUTURE: Nuñez turned 23 during the 2019 season and ended it on the injured list with a shoulder injury, so he is a wild card. His most likely big league outcome is medium- or low-leverage relief work.
TRACK RECORD: Drafted by the Padres in 2012, Lockett missed most of his first three pro seasons with injuries. He then weathered two in-season demotions in 2015 before beginning his pro career in earnest in 2016. Two seasons later, Lockett had climbed to the big leagues, where he tossed 15 innings for San Diego. The Padres traded him to the Indians after the 2018 season, and Cleveland traded him to the Mets two months later as part of the return for Kevin Plawecki. SCOUTING REPORT: Lockett reached the majors for a second straight season in 2019, only to be hit hard once again. He allowed 21 runs and 39 baserunners in 22.2 innings. Despite this, scouts regard Lockett as an intriguing young arm with a three-pitch mix who might find more success if he de-emphasized his fastball. He pitches at 92-93 mph and tops out at 96 with sinking, running action on his fastball and average extension. His low-80s slider has above-average spin and is his preferred second pitch, but his high-80s changeup actually produced more swinging strikes in the majors. Lockett throws strikes and keeps his pitches low in the strike zone, but he's not overpowering and requires weak contact to succeed. THE FUTURE: Lockett, who turns 26 early in 2020, won't be the Mets' first choice as No. 5 starter or middle reliever, but he will be on hand if the club needs that role filled.
TRACK RECORD: A year after leading the South Atlantic League in strikeouts, Dibrell advanced to high Class A St. Lucie in 2019 and shined in the Florida State League until a mid-July promotion to Double-A. He found the going more difficult in the Eastern League, where he ran up a 9.31 ERA in 39 innings. SCOUTING REPORT: Dibrell throws four pitches from a tall, lean frame and with a loose, easy arm stroke. He sits in the low 90s and dials up 95 mph occasionally. His standout tool is his plus changeup which generates swings and misses and plays up because of his command of the pitch. Dibrell throws an average slider and curveball, the latter of which is notable for its depth and spin, if not its power. He locates his fastball up in the zone and changes eye levels with his changeup and curveball. THE FUTURE: Dibrell has the upside of a No. 4 starter, but first he must figure out how to tame Double-A. He will get another crack at them at the outset of 2020.
TRACK RECORD: Acosta signed just shy of his 18th birthday in 2016 and spent three years in short-season leagues. He breezed through the short-season New York-Penn League in 2019, recording an 0.98 ERA in 18 innings while striking out 25 and walking six to move to low Class A Columbia in early July. SCOUTING REPORT: Acosta relies on a fastball and breaking ball that both have interesting characteristics. His fastball sits in the low 90s but plays up because of its spin and sinking life. Acosta's slider is his go-to strikeout pitch. It sweeps across the plate and has high spin, eliciting swings and misses. His changeup grades a distant third. Acosta's long arms help create unique angles but also inhibit his ability to time his delivery and repeat arm slot, which has contributed to chronically poor walk rates. THE FUTURE: Acosta has swing-and-miss stuff and now a little success under his belt. He has the pitch profile of a future No. 5 starter or medium-leverage reliever.
TRACK RECORD: Cortes received one of just three seven-figure bonuses in the third round of the 2018 draft when he signed for $1 million. He advanced straight to high Class A St. Lucie in 2019 and put together a productive season in the Florida State League. SCOUTING REPORT: The 5-foot-7, stocky Cortes bats lefthanded but is fully ambidextrous in the field, where he throws lefthanded in the outfield and righthanded at second base. He focused his time in the FSL at second base, where his fluidity has improved even though he lacks classic first-step quickness or arm strength. The batter's box is where Cortes shines. His picturesque swing and outstanding bat-to-ball skills give him average overall batting potential with the chance for a dozen home runs or more. THE FUTURE: Cortes doesn't have a prototype body type or speed for the middle infield, but the Mets are convinced he will hit.
TRACK RECORD: The Mets were attracted to Gilliam in the fifth round of the 2018 draft because of his electric arm speed and high-spin breaking ball. He served as a closer at Clemson and continued in a bullpen role in pro ball, beginning his first full season at high Class A St. Lucie and reaching Triple-A Syracuse in June. His season concluded with seven appearances in the Arizona Fall League. SCOUTING REPORT: Gilliam is a 5-foot-10 reliever with a chance for two plus pitches. His 93-96 mph fastball has good riding life up in the zone and gets on hitters quick because of how well he hides the ball in his delivery. His top-to-bottom curveball has 78-80 mph velocity and dramatic late break and spin. If Gilliam learns to command the pitch for called strikes he can be a high-leverage reliever. THE FUTURE: Gilliam has advanced weaponry but a stuff-over-feel pitching profile. By finishing 2019 in the AFL, he has a chance to earn a major league look in 2020.
TRACK RECORD: Sanchez is a gifted defensive catcher who signed in 2013 but didn't reach full-season ball until 2017 because his bat was so light. His batting line ticked up near average at Double-A Binghamton in 2019 and he reached Triple-A for the first time late in the season. SCOUTING REPORT: Sanchez impacts games while behind the plate, in both obvious and subtle ways. His plus arm plays up a grade because of his quick transfer and throwing accuracy. He threw out 44 percent of basestealers at the upper levels of the minors in 2019. Sanchez shines as a game-caller and pitch-framer, helping to win strikes for his pitchers. At the plate, Sanchez is a bottom-of-the-order hitter who uses all fields with an inside-out swing. He has 20-grade power but has shown greater skill at hitting for average and drawing walks in recent seasons. THE FUTURE: If major league rosters expand to 26 players in 2020, as expected, it would create an extra 30 big league jobs, some of which could go to defensive-oriented backup catchers like Sanchez. That played a role in the Mets' decision to protect him from the Rule 5 draft.
TRACK RECORD: Drafted as a lefthanded pitcher out of high school, Brodey played both ways early in his college career before settling in as an outfielder. After two unremarkable seasons to begin his pro career, he had a brush with success at high Class A St. Lucie in the first half of 2019. SCOUTING REPORT: Depending on one's viewpoint, Brodey is either a future fourth outfielder or a tweener who lacks a carrying tool. The lefthanded hitter makes hard line-drive contact and posts good exit velocity numbers with plus bat speed. His level stroke produces more doubles than home runs, but his balance and timing at the plate as well as a low chase rate mark him as at least an average hitter. He is a good baserunner and efficient basestealer. Brodey can play all three outfield positions because he gets good reads and jumps. His above-average arm plays up thanks to accuracy and a quick release. THE FUTURE: Brodey has modest upside but a well-rounded set of skills that could carry him to the major leagues in a complementary role. He will spend another season in the upper minors before perhaps getting a big league look in 2021.
TRACK RECORD: Ota ranked 15th in Division I by hitting 20 home runs as an Illinois-Chicago senior. He had the best pro debut of any Mets draft pick, ranking fourth in the Rookie-level Appalachian League with a .519 slugging percentage and fifth with an .874 OPS SCOUTING REPORT: Ota takes a professional approach to hitting that helps him produce at a level above his average overall tool set. He has a disciplined approach and puts the ball in play with gap power to all fields. He uses a small leg lift and barred arm in his swing to emphasize contact over power. Ordinary power and speed make Ota's most likely career path that of an extra outfielder. He is a sound defender in right field who makes good decisions and has an average arm. THE FUTURE: What Ota lacks in terms of a carrying tool he makes up for with his baseball IQ and allaround play. He will have to keep proving himself as he advances up the minor league ladder.
TRACK RECORD: Regarded as a glove-first catcher in college, Senger hit .344 as a junior but didn't make much of a ripple in the draft when the Mets took him in the 24th round. In his pro debut, he served as backup to sixth-rounder Nick Meyer at short-season Brooklyn before drawing the starting assignment at low Class A Columbia in 2019 as Meyer moved to high Class A.
SCOUTING REPORT: Senger gained valuable experience about the value of perseverance and the grind of a full minor league season in 2019. He hit just .185 in the first half but improved dramatically in the second, hitting .271 with 18 of his 26 extra-base hits. Senger is at his best when focused on taking the ball the other way. Because of that approach, his home run output is minimal. The Mets value Senger's leadership qualities and ability to receive, frame pitches and block balls in the dirt. His above-average arm plays up thanks to his accuracy, and he threw out 38 percent of basestealers in his full-season debut.
THE FUTURE: Senger presents the outline of a future backup catcher candidate, but he risks being passed on the depth chart by catchers with more offensive proficiency. He should move to high Class A St. Lucie in 2020.
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