Catching up with Francisco Alvarez and the other top Mets prospects


When the trade deadline came and went without the Mets shopping any of their premiere minor leaguers for immediate MLB help, many fans questioned what Billy Eppler’s vision was. The general manager was kind enough to explain his thinking over Zoom on deadline day.

“There were a lot of inquiries at the front end of that group,” Eppler said of his prospects. He later noted that the team didn’t part with anyone they considered a “top 19 prospect” in their system.

“One of the things that we’ve talked about here is trying to maintain that organizational discipline to kind of crush any urge to make a snap or impulsive decision and give up large amounts of future World Series odds or expectation in exchange for just some marginal gains right now.”

That urge has been crushed, and with each of the club’s top five prospects (according to MLB.com) still employed by the Mets, let’s see how they’re faring in the minor leagues.

FRANCISCO ALVAREZ

The farm’s main attraction — and the one that the Mets were absolutely not going to trade — has shown why the organization cherishes him so much.

Alvarez began his year at Double-A. He is only 20 years old, meaning he is younger than many of the players who were drafted this summer. In 67 games for the Double-A Binghamton Rumble Ponies, Alvarez quickly proved that he was far too good for that level, earning a promotion to Triple-A. He hit .277/.368/.553 (.921 OPS) for the Ponies and was 45% more productive than the league’s average hitter.

In his brief stay at Double-A, Alvarez actually struck out a tick less and walked a tick more than he did at High-A. Both his K% and BB% trended a few decimal points in the right direction, and his batting average, on-base percentage and slugging percentage all got significant raises.

Through his first 20 games at Triple-A Syracuse, Alvarez is hitting just .191 but getting on-base (.360) and slugging (.471) at very intriguing rates. Five home runs in his initial 89 plate appearances for Syracuse showed that Alvarez’s power was not left behind. Also, not for nothing, Alvarez caught two legends of the game during their rehab periods. Both Max Scherzer and Jacob deGrom said nice things about the youngster’s defense, much to his delight.

To be abundantly clear, Alvarez is not going to be on the Mets’ big-league roster this year. His general manager said so very plainly.

“Right now there’s still some things, both defensively and offensively, that he’s working on,” Eppler said, noting that in Triple-A, pitchers are much better at messing with hitters. “I’d rather a young player get messed with in Triple-A than get thrown into a playoff race.”

BRETT BATY

Baty, the club’s first-round pick in 2019, is killing it in his second stint at Double-A. He finished the season with 40 games there last year, and in 87 this year the left-handed swinging third baseman is the current owner of a vaunted .300/.400/.500 slash line. He’s hitting .312, getting …read more

Source:: The Mercury News

      

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