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Hitting: 50.Power: 60. Run: 30. Fielding: 50. Arm: 60.
TRACK RECORD: The Mets made Alvarez the headliner of their 2018 international class by signing the Venezuelan catcher for a franchise-record $2.7 million. He dazzled in his 2019 pro debut by quickly hitting his way to the Rookie-level Appalachian League as a 17-year-old. That is the same age and level progression traveled by Vladimir Guerrero Jr. in 2016 and Wander Franco in 2018. Alvarez didn’t get a chance to build on his breakout in 2020 because of the pandemic and canceled minor league season. Stranded in spring training in mid-March when Venezuela shut its borders, he headed from Port St. Lucie, Fla., to the Mets’ alternate training site in Brooklyn in July. He wowed teammates and staff as the most impressive hitter in camp.
SCOUTING REPORT: Alvarez developed exceptionally strong hands and forearms from working for his father’s construction company as a youth. He has incredible raw strength, double-plus raw power and he drives the ball to the opposite field exceptionally well. He is a confident two-strike hitter who can spoil pitches and put offspeed and breaking pitches in play with authority. He has the type of bat-to-ball skill, reflexes and flyball profile to deliver first-division offensive production at catcher. Alvarez’s defensive game requires maintenance, but he will stick at the position. He is a confident, poised defensive catcher with solid-average receiving ability and a plus arm. He allowed 15 passed balls in 27 games behind the plate in 2019, calling into question his blocking ability. But some of that is attributable to the one-knee catching technique he is learning. It helps him present pitches to the umpire to gain strikes for his pitcher but costs him lateral mobility on balls in the dirt and momentum on throws to second base. Alvarez tends to overthrow on stolen base attempts and needs to focus on making clean transfers and accurate throws to the bag. He has the type of outgoing, takecharge attitude to build rapport with pitchers. The next step is building conviction in his pitch calling. Alvarez has a thick build and mature body type even at age 19, but he is flexible enough for the position and determined to be a big league catcher.
THE FUTURE: Alvarez lost at-bats to the pandemic but gained valuable experience with veteran pitchers at the alternate site. He called his own game at instructional league and will head to the Australian Baseball League this winter to gain further game experience. Alvarez is the rare catching prospect who has middle-of-the-order offensive upside, though it will take at least two more full seasons in the minors for his glove to catch up.
Hitting: 50.Power: 50. Run: 40. Fielding: 60. Arm: 60.
TRACK RECORD: Mauricio ranked as the No. 2 prospect in the Rookie-level Gulf Coast League in 2018 and No. 5 in the low Class A South Atlantic League in 2019. He appeared in a pair of spring training games in 2020 before the coronavirus shutdown but didn’t get to the alternate training site until mid-August because of family issues.
SCOUTING REPORT: Mauricio is a switch-hitting shortstop with a lean, high-waisted frame and the type of looseness and bat speed that portend offensive growth. As his 6-foot-3 fame matures and he improves his pitch selection, his production should improve. Mauricio hit four home runs and had one of the highest groundball rates in the South Atlantic League in 2019, so continued strength gains and an improved attack angle are his main development objectives. His timing and efficient bat path suggest future above- average hitting ability with a chance for average power or better. Mauricio is a flashy but efficient shortstop with a quick first step and soft hands. He makes accurate throws from all angles with a plus arm.
THE FUTURE: If his physical development unfolds the way scouts think it will, Mauricio has a chance to be a first-division shortstop. He is slated for the Dominican League this offseason to gain at-bats.
Hitting: 50.Power: 40. Run: 70. Fielding: 60. Arm: 50.
TRACK RECORD: The prize of the Mets’ 2015 international signing class, Gimenez worked his way to Double-A as a 19-year-old in 2018. He didn’t blossom until after the 2019 season, when he hit .371 to win the Arizona Fall League batting title. Expanded 28- man rosters afforded Gimenez the chance to make the Mets’ Opening Day roster in 2020. He seized the opportunity and showed himself more than capable defensively and on the basepaths.
SCOUTING REPORT: Gimenez appeared unfazed by the big league spotlight. His strike-zone judgment was sound and he hit his first two home runs to the opposite field. Even if he never develops more than average hitting ability or power, Gimenez has the type of barrel control and speed that makes him difficult to defend. He stole eight bases in nine tries to put his double-plus wheels to good use. Gimenez has the soft hands, reflexes and plus arm of a true shortstop and the versatility to handle second base or third base. He made only one error as a rookie and ranked 10th among infielders with five outs above average, according to Statcast.
THE FUTURE: Gimenez wrested playing time from Amed Rosario, and his defensive ability and feel for the game give him a chance to be the club’s regular shortstop in 2021.
Fastball: 70. Changeup: 60. Curveball: 60. Control: 50.
TRACK RECORD: The top-ranked high school pitcher in the 2019 draft, Allan slipped to the Mets in the third round because of perceived signability concerns. He came to terms for $2.5 million, more than any prep pitcher in the draft except for the Pirates’ Quinn Priester, the 18th overall pick. Like all 2019 draft picks, Allan had his full-season debut placed on hold by the pandemic.
SCOUTING REPORT: The Mets rave about Allan’s combination of stuff, work ethic and understanding of analytics. He looked better than advertised at the alternate training site, armed with his primary two pitches but now abetted by feel for a third pitch. Allan pitches at 96 mph with riding life on his double-plus four-seam fastball. He took a bit off his high-70s curveball and locates the plus pitch for called strikes. His curve has power break and high-end spin at 2,800 to 2,900 rpms. Allan rounded out his arsenal by gaining feel for a mid-80s changeup with fading life. He worked hard to master his hand and wrist position at release, and his changeup was fooling even experienced hitters from both sides of the plate at the alternate site.
THE FUTURE: Allan already has a major league body, average control and the desire to be great. He fits the mold of a front-of-the-rotation starter.
Hitting: 50.Power: 40. Run: 60. Fielding: 60. Arm: 55.
TRACK RECORD: Crow-Armstrong knows the spotlight. Both of his parents are actors. He starred for USA Baseball’s national teams from the age of 12. He played for Harvard-Westlake, the Los Angeles-area high school that produced first-round pitchers Lucas Giolito, Max Fried and Jack Flaherty. The Mets drafted Crow-Armstrong 19th overall in 2020 and signed him for the slot value of $3.359 million.
SCOUTING REPORT: As a rising senior, Crow-Armstrong ranked as the best high school prospect in his class. He stumbled on the 2019 showcase circuit but regained his form the following spring before the amateur season was scuttled. Crow-Armstrong was the best defensive outfielder in the 2020 prep class and one of its best hitters and fastest runners. His grace and anticipation in center field give him Gold Glove upside, while his above-average arm is a separator at the position. Crow-Armstrong profiles as a top-of- the-order hitter who offers advanced bat-to-ball skills, a direct swing path and the above-average speed to leg out hits. He could mature into power but is expected to be a hit-over-power offensive player.
THE FUTURE: The Mets laud Crow-Armstrong’s competitive makeup, which helps make him the leading candidate to be the Mets’ center fielder of the future.
Hitting: 40.Power: 60. Run: 50. Fielding: 45. Arm: 60.
TRACK RECORD: Some teams regarded Baty as one of the most promising high school hitters in the 2019 draft. Others viewed his age—19 and a half on draft day—as a non-starter in the first round. The Mets drafted him 12th overall and signed him for $3.9 million, nearly $500,000 under slot. Baty drew walks and hit for power in his 2019 pro debut but struck out too frequently.
SCOUTING REPORT: Strike-zone discipline, hard contact and incredible raw power to all fields are Baty’s defining traits. He played power forward for his high school basketball team and is a deceptive athlete. Baty struggled to catch up with velocity in his pro debut because he was drifting and not hitting against a firm front side. Baty has made progress but needs to continue hitting through the ball and making more contact. He has impact power potential and is capable of launching no-doubters to the opposite field. Baty is a capable third baseman with a plus arm. He came to camp toned after an offseason of conditioning and is one of the organization’s hardest workers.
THE FUTURE: Baty hits the ball as hard as any Mets prospect, so getting his swing more connected will be the key to realizing his potential. He should make his full-season debut in 2021.
Hitting: 40.Power: 60. Run: 30. Fielding: 40. Arm: 50.
TRACK RECORD: The youngest player selected in the 2017 draft, Vientos is about a month younger than Brett Baty, the Mets’ first-round pick two years later. Vientos reached low Class A in 2019 and showed spurts of power as a 19-year-old, doing most of his damage away from pitcher-friendly Columbia.
SCOUTING REPORT: Vientos combines bat speed with a flyball-hitting approach to produce some of the best exit velocities in the system and an elite hard-hit rate. He can square up just about any fastball but has struggled to pick up and connect with spin from righthanders. That ability should come in time, because Vientos does a great job staying within himself and using the middle of the field. The Mets believe it’s only a matter of time before plus power manifests. Drafted as a shortstop, Vientos shifted to third base as a pro because of slow foot speed and sloppy footwork. He has a chance to stay at third as a below-average to fringy defender with an above-average but sometimes erratic arm.
THE FUTURE: Vientos can take the ball out to any part of the park, so his home run totals figure to only grow as he gains experience. Vientos, whose family is from the Dominican Republic, was lined up to play in the Dominican League.
Fastball: 60. Slider: 70. Changeup: 40. Control: 50.
TRACK RECORD: The Dodgers failed to come to terms with Ginn as the 30th overall pick in 2018 out of Brandon (Miss.) High. At Mississippi State he was recognized as the Southeastern Conference freshman of the year in 2019. Ginn lined up as a probable first-round talent again in 2020 as an eligible sophomore, but he had Tommy John surgery after three innings and missed the rest of the season. The Mets drafted him in the middle of the second round and signed him for $2.9 million, the equivalent of late first-round money.
SCOUTING REPORT: Ginn had his elbow surgery in March 2020, just before the coronavirus pandemic shut down the season. At his best, Ginn works with two plus or better pitches on the 20-80 scouting scale. His heavy sinker features outstanding armside life and premium velocity. The pitch operates in the low-to-mid 90s with a peak of 99 mph. Ginn’s slider has vicious two-plane life in the mid 80s and is a major swing-and-miss weapon. He had toyed with a changeup prior to his injury and will resume its development as a pro.
THE FUTURE: The Mets like Ginn’s physical 6-foot-2 frame and work ethic, giving them confidence he can make a full recovery. His rehab should be complete in time to break camp with a minor league affiliate in 2021.
Fastball: 50. Slider: 60. Changeup: 40. Control: 50.
TRACK RECORD: The Mets drafted Peterson 20th overall in 2017, the year he struck out 20 batters in a game for Oregon. Three years later they had a major league starter after Peterson received his first callup on July 28. He stayed in the rotation all season, missing two weeks with shoulder fatigue in August, and served as the club’s de facto No. 2 starter behind Jacob deGrom.
SCOUTING REPORT: Peterson’s height, extension and unique slider characteristics make him tough to square up when he’s working ahead in the count. Opponents hit just .119 and swung and missed 37% of the time against his sweeping, low-80s slider. Peterson previously sat in the high 80s with his fastball, but after dedicating to conditioning and nutrition he came to camp in 2020 sitting 92 mph and held that velocity all season. He also shifted his focus from sinking the ball to throwing four-seam fastballs to give him something competitive up in the zone. Peterson has shown increasing confidence in his fringe changeup, which shows good armside life and complements his sinker. He needs to improve his first-pitch strike rate.
THE FUTURE: Peterson profiles as a No. 4-type starter unless he develops plus fastball command or commits to becoming fully slider-forwar.
Fastball: 50. Slider: 60. Changeup: 45. Control: 50.
TRACK RECORD: Wolf blossomed as a high school senior in 2019 by showing a dramatic uptick in velocity and continuing to throw strikes at his newfound speed. The Mets drafted him in the second round that year and signed him for $2.15 million, nearly $800,000 over slot for the 53rd pick. Wolf made his pro debut in the Rookie-level Gulf Coast League in 2019, but had to work remotely until instructional league in 2020 after not being brought to the Mets’ alternate training site.
SCOUTING REPORT: Wolf has a chance to develop three average to above pitches with above-average control. Multiple scouts have likened his body type and athleticism to Walker Buehler when he was in high school. Wolf ranges from 91-96 mph with his fastball and throws strikes. He has potential to pitch in the mid 90s as he matures, with untapped physicality in his lean 6-foot-3 frame. Wolf shows an advanced feel for spin. He calls his breaking ball a curveball but its shape and late, abrupt break at 78-81 mph are more indicative of a slider or slurve. Given his ease of operation, Wolf should be able to pick up a usable changeup and continue throwing strikes.
THE FUTURE: It will take time, but Wolf has mid-rotation upside and could blossom with a season of regular work.
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