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  1. 1. Francisco Alvarez | C
    Francisco Alvarez
    Born: Nov 19, 2001
    Bats: R Throws: R
    Ht.: 5'11" Wt.: 220
    Drafted/Signed: Venezuela, 2018.
    Signed By: Andres Nuñez/Ismael Perez.
    Minors: .272/.388/.554 | 24 HR | 8 SB | 327 AB

    BA Grade: 65/High

    Track Record: When the Mets signed Alvarez for a franchise international amateur record $2.7 million in 2018, they knew they were acquiring a player with a high upside. They just might not have expected him to realize so much of his upside so soon. Alvarez moved quickly to the Rookie-advanced Appalachian League in his 2019 pro debut and put up a .916 OPS as a 17-year-old catcher. He made the most of his time at the Mets’ alternate training site in 2020 during the coronavirus shutdown, wowing scouts and emerging from it as the organization's clear-cut No. 1 prospect. Alvarez retains that standing following a powerful full-season debut in 2021. In a year spent primarily at High-A Brooklyn, he hit .272/.388/.554 with 24 home runs in 99 games and led all qualified 19-year-olds in full-season ball with a .941 OPS. His peer group included standout 2020 first-round picks Jordan Walker, Nick Yorke, Zac Veen and Robert Hassell. Alvarez shined at the Mets’ fall hitting camp after the season and participated in Dominican instructional league in November.

    Scouting Report: Alvarez combines rare hitting attributes at the plate with the tools, personality and motivation to develop into a championship catcher. At the plate, Alvarez has incredible awareness and shows no fear. He has plus offensive upside, both in terms of hitting for average and power. Alvarez makes adjustments within at-bats and has the sort of natural timing and ability to pick up spin to hit breaking pitches. His power is the product of good weight transfer and a short, fast bat path to crush baseballs, especially to right-center field. Alvarez is a motivated defensive catcher who should get to average overall. One reason the Mets promoted him out of Low-A St. Lucie after 15 games was that they wanted him to hone his framing with a human umpire, rather than the automated balls and strikes at Low-A Southeast. He receives the ball well but needs to fine-tune his presentation to buy strikes for his pitchers. His raw arm strength is plus but plays down to average because of inefficient throwing mechanics. He threw out 23% of basestealers in 2021. Alvarez dramatically improved his rate of passed balls but still has a tendency to use his hands more than his body when blocking pitches in the dirt. The Mets expect him to improve his defensive consistency because of his drive and passion to improve.

    The Future: Alvarez planned to spend the offseason in Miami to continue developing his game. He should spend the bulk of 2022 at Double-A as a 20-year-old, with an MLB debut possible in 2023 after some Triple-A seasoning. It’s rare for catchers as young as Alvarez to play regularly in the majors, but few young catchers have his precociousness. He has a chance to be a middle-of-the-order hitter and team leader behind the plate.

    Scouting Grades:
    Hit: 60. Power: 60. Speed: 30. Fielding: 50. Arm: 55

  2. 2. Brett Baty | 3B/OF
    Brett Baty
    Born: Nov 13, 1999
    Bats: L Throws: R
    Ht.: 6'3" Wt.: 210
    Drafted/Signed: HS--Austin, Texas, 2019 (1st round).
    Signed By: Harry Shelton.
    Minors: .292/.382/.473 | 12 HR | 6 SB | 332 AB

    BA Grade: 60/High

    Track Record: Baty was one of the best high school hitters in a loaded 2019 draft, but his age—he turned 20 in November of his draft year—pushed him down the board to the Mets at 12th overall. He showed impressive raw power in his pro debut but struck out enough to introduce skepticism. Baty got into better shape for 2020 and impressed the Mets at the alternate training site. A loud full-season debut in 2021, which included a .292/.382/.473 batting line with 12 home runs in 91 games as he reached Double-A, validated his hard work.

    Scouting Report: Baty is a disciplined hitter with feel for the barrel, incredible raw power and greater athletic ability than his physical 6-foot-3 frame suggests. While he will show double-plus raw power in batting practice, Baty focuses on making hard contact to all fields in games. He is unafraid to work deep counts and has a chance to hit for a high average with plus on-base ability. Scouts are optimistic that Baty can get to above-average and possibly plus power, despite a batting profile that was heavy on ground balls in 2021. That’s because he hits the ball hard consistently, and his doubles should turn into home runs as his batting approach continues to mature against advanced pitchers. Baty’s conditioning work paid off on defense, where he showed greater quickness at third base, a strong, accurate arm and an ability to throw from different angles. He tried his hand at left field and showed the potential to be playable there.

    The Future: Baty made a ton of progress in 2021 and looks like a future regular, potentially an impact one. His rise to Double-A and trial in left field indicate he is in the Mets’ plans for 2022, with an MLB debut possible in the summer.

    Scouting Grades:
    Hit: 60. Power: 55. Speed: 50. Fielding: 50. Arm: 60.

  3. 3. Ronny Mauricio | SS
    Ronny Mauricio
    Born: Apr 4, 2001
    Bats: B Throws: R
    Ht.: 6'3" Wt.: 166
    Drafted/Signed: Dominican Republic, 2017.
    Signed By: Marciano Alvarez/Gerardo Cabrera.
    Minors: .248/.296/.449 | 20 HR | 11 SB | 423 AB

    BA Grade: 55/High

    Track Record: The headliner of the Mets’ international signing class of 2017, Mauricio has wowed scouts with his bat speed and incredible raw power from day one. But that power hasn’t always played in games. Mauricio’s time in Low-A in 2019 and at the alternate training site in 2020 could best be described as uneven. His power manifested in 2021 in the form of 20 home runs, including 19 at High-A Brooklyn, a stingy park for home runs.

    Scouting Report: Mauricio has tantalizing power and an improving feel for the strike zone, but after hitting .248 in 2021 with a sub-.300 on-base percentage has clear areas for refinement. He’s a tall, long-levered hitter who doesn’t walk often, so that limits his OBP upside. Like most switch-hitters, Mauricio is stronger from the left side of the plate and makes more authoritative contact and chases less out of the zone from that side. Mauricio hit a wall in June, but the Mets challenged him to make better contact in the zone. His chase rate shrank from 52% in May to 33% in August, while his 90th percentile exit velocity climbed to 109.5 mph in August and 111.1 in September. Mauricio reads the ball well off the bat, has soft hands and a strong arm at shortstop. He doesn’t run well. Moving to third base or right field are possible outcomes if he outgrows shortstop.

    The Future: Mauricio’s questionable on-base ability will move him down the lineup, but his glove and power will keep him in the lineup. He should enter the MLB picture in 2023.

    Scouting Grades:
    Hit: 40. Power: 60. Speed: 40. Fielding: 55. Arm: 60.

  4. 4. Mark Vientos | 3B/OF
    Mark Vientos
    Born: Dec 11, 1999
    Bats: R Throws: R
    Ht.: 6'4" Wt.: 185
    Drafted/Signed: HS--Plantation, Fla., 2017 (2nd round).
    Signed By: Cesar Aranguren.
    Minors: .281/.352/.581 | 25 HR | 0 SB | 310 AB

    BA Grade: 55/High

    Track Record: Vientos spent two years in short-season ball after being the youngest player drafted in 2017. He flashed power indicators at pitcher-friendly Low-A Columbia in 2019, but not until 2021 did he reach his extra-base upside. That’s when Vientos slugged 25 home runs in 83 games, most of them at Double-A Binghamton, and his .300 isolated slugging ranked second only to the Yankees’ Anthony Volpe among 21-or-younger players who batted at least 300 times.

    Scouting Report: Vientos has massive raw power and can reach the deepest recesses of left field. His swing is geared to do damage in the air and he can take the ball out to all fields. The majority of his 2021 home runs were hit to right field. Vientos has improved his pitch recognition, especially against breaking stuff from righthanders, and after catching up to the speed of Double-A he compiled a 1.043 OPS in his final 60 games. He doesn’t flinch at velocity and could become a near-average hitter with plus power. Drafted as a shortstop, Vientos shifted to third base as a pro. He is playable there and has a plus arm. Some scouts believe his thick lower half could force him to first base, but Vientos has shown a renewed focus on conditioning this offseason. He tried his hand at left field, but rival scouts are unconvinced.

    The Future: Vientos is a competitive player who carries a chip on his shoulder for not being widely viewed in the same tier as the Mets’ other top position prospects. He has a chance to change perceptions, because his MLB debut is on deck for 2022 if he hits at Triple-A. He could become a fixture on an infield corner.

    Scouting Grades:
    Hit: 45. Power: 60. Speed: 30. Fielding: 45. Arm: 60.

  5. 5. Matt Allan | RHP
    Matt Allan
    Born: Apr 17, 2001
    Bats: R Throws: R
    Ht.: 6'3" Wt.: 225
    Drafted/Signed: HS--Sanford, Fla., 2019 (3rd round).
    Signed By: Jon Updike.

    BA Grade: 60/Extreme

    Track Record: The top high school pitcher in the 2019 draft, Allan slid to the Mets in the third round and signed for $2.5 million, the equivalent of late first-round money. Allan made a handful of brief appearances in his pro debut before truly shining at the Mets’ alternate training site in 2020. He carried that progress into 2021 spring training but had Tommy John surgery in May, right before the minor league season began. He missed the entire season and will be out for at least half of 2022.

    Scouting Report: While Allan’s timeline has been adjusted by elbow surgery, he has the repertoire, physicality and determination to pitch in a big league rotation one day. Prior to surgery, he sat in the mid 90s and touched higher with a four-seam fastball with riding life. Allan’s curveball was the best among preps in the 2019 draft. It’s a high-70s breaking pitch with tight spin and at least plus potential. He commands his curve but was frustrated that he lost feel for the pitch at spring training when he tried to get a tighter break. Allan improved his changeup at the alt site in 2020 by mastering his hand and wrist position at release. That addition gave him three pitches with plus potential.

    The Future: Allan took his Tommy John rehab slowly in 2021 and probably will not be ready before July 2022. With just 10 official pro innings under his belt, he’s going to need a long runway to build endurance and work toward his MLB debut.

    Scouting Grades:
    Fastball: 60. Curveball: 60. Changeup: 50. Control: 50

  6. 6. J.T. Ginn | RHP
    J.T. Ginn
    Born: May 20, 1999
    Bats: R Throws: R
    Ht.: 6'2" Wt.: 200
    Drafted/Signed: Mississippi State, 2020 (2nd round).
    Signed By: Jet Butler.
    Minors: 5-5 | 3.03 ERA | 81 SO | 22 BB | 92 IP

    BA Grade: 55/High

    Track Record: Ginn made it to campus at Mississippi State despite being the 30th overall pick out of high school by the Dodgers in 2018. He won Southeastern Conference freshman of the year honors in 2019 but didn’t get a chance for an encore after having Tommy John surgery early in 2020, before the pandemic canceled the college season. The Mets drafted Ginn in the second round in 2020 as an eligible sophomore and signed him for $2.9 million, which was late first-round money. After rehabbing elbow surgery, Ginn made his first pro start for Low-A St. Lucie on June 3.

    Scouting Report: As Ginn regained feel and shape on his pitches, his upside came into sharper focus. He works fast, throws strikes and keeps the ball on the ground. He allowed just three home runs and 22 walks in 18 starts, while his 62% groundball rate ranked second in the minors for pitchers with at least 90 innings. Ginn pitched in the low 90s with plus sink and boring action to break bats. He reaches back for 95 mph when motivated. Ginn is able to work inside against hitters on both sides of the plate from his extreme first base setup. He is a strong athlete with good feel for a low-80s slider he can land for strikes or expand off the plate for chases. The pitch has heavy vertical movement and can be used to back-foot lefthanded batters. Ginn needs to develop more conviction in his changeup, because when he executes it he gets swings and misses.

    The Future: Ginn’s average velocity trended up in his final starts of 2021 as he moved farther away from surgery. Armed with three pitches and plus control, he projects as a No. 3 or 4 starter, and one who could be MLB ready late in 2022 or early 2023.

    Scouting Grades:
    Fastball: 55. Slider: 60. Changeup: 50. Control: 60

  7. 7. Alex Ramirez | OF
    Alex Ramirez
    Born: Jan 13, 2003
    Bats: R Throws: R
    Ht.: 6'3" Wt.: 170
    Drafted/Signed: Dominican Republic, 2019.
    Signed By: Gerardo Cabrera/Fernando Encarnacion.
    Minors: .258/.326/.384 | 5 HR | 16 SB | 302 AB

    BA Grade: 55/Extreme

    Track Record: The Mets made Ramirez their top international target in 2019 and signed the Dominican center fielder for $2.05 million. Like all players in his signing class, he had his pro debut pushed back a season by the pandemic. Ramirez played so well at extended spring training in 2021 that the Mets challenged him with an assignment to Low-A St. Lucie on June 1. As a result, he gained more game experience than more famous prospects from his signing class, including the Yankees’ Jasson Dominguez and the Dodgers’ Luis Rodriguez.

    Scouting Report: Ramirez combines dynamic tools, quick wrists, solid pitch recognition and an overall easiness to his game to project as a future regular—but only if he can clean up his hit tool. He has a loose whippy swing, but his moves to the ball are too exaggerated. Top prospect Francisco Alvarez, showcasing his leadership ability, worked with Ramirez at the Mets’ October hitting camp to be more direct to the ball. The Mets are heartened that Ramirez makes contact in the zone and hits the ball hard. He also narrows his zone with two strikes, but like many young players, he simply chases too much. He has the upside to reach near-average as a hitter with above-average power. Tall and twitchy, Ramirez has added lots of good weight since signing. He is an average runner who might be able to hold down center field but faces a possible move to right, where his plus arm would play.

    The Future: Ramirez was one of three players age 18 or younger to bat at least 300 times in 2021. Both his upside potential and extreme youth were evident, and like Ronny Mauricio he has longer levers to contend with while hitting. If everything clicks, Ramirez could be the Mets’ right fielder of the future.

    Scouting Grades:
    Hit: 40. Power: 55. Speed: 50. Fielding: 55. Arm: 60.

  8. 8. Khalil Lee | OF
    Khalil Lee
    Born: Jun 26, 1998
    Bats: L Throws: L
    Ht.: 5'10" Wt.: 192
    Drafted/Signed: HS—Oakton, Va., 2016 (3rd round).
    Signed By: Jim Farr (Royals).
    Minors: .274/.451/.500 | 14 HR | 8 SB | 292 AB

    BA Grade: 45/Medium

    Track Record: Drafted by the Royals out of high school in 2016, Lee had reached Double-A by the time the pandemic struck. The Royals traded him to the Mets following the lost 2020 minor league season, acquiring Andrew Benintendi from the Red Sox as part of a three-team deal. Lee advanced to Triple-A Syracuse in 2021 and led all qualified players at that level with a .451 on-base percentage and 18.3% walk rate. His .951 OPS ranked eighth.

    Scouting Report: Injuries pressed Lee into emergency big league duty in May. He wasn’t ready and went just 1-for-18 with 13 strikeouts. The Mets were encouraged by how he recovered at Triple-A and by how his aggressiveness ticked up late in the season. In his final 30 games he hit .311/482/.600 with 13 extra-base hits. Lee has bat speed and above-average raw power to his pull side but faces questions about his overall feel for hitting. He tended toward passivity at Triple-A and swung at just 37% of pitches, placing him in the 1st percentile in terms of aggressiveness for the level. Lee runs well but is not the burner his past stolen base totals suggest. He is capable in center field but better in right, where his plus arm is an asset.

    The Future: Lee offers more floor than ceiling and could serve as an extra outfielder as soon as 2022. His window to playing time opens wider if he can prove himself in center field or get to more power by attacking pitches he can damage.

    Scouting Grades:
    Hit: 45. Power: 45. Speed: 55. Fielding: 55. Arm: 60.

  9. 9. Joel Diaz | RHP
    Joel Diaz
    Born: Feb 26, 2004
    Bats: R Throws: R
    Ht.: 6'2" Wt.: 200
    Signed By: Moises de Mota/Oliver Dominguez.

    BA Grade: 50/Extreme

    Track Record: The Mets emphasized volume during the 2020-21 international signing period, preferring to spread their bonus pool money around rather than focusing large sums on few players. They might have unearthed a gem in Diaz, a 6-foot-2 Dominican righthander whose fastball velocity jumped in the period leading up to his signing in January 2021. He made a loud pro debut in the Dominican Summer League, allowing three earned runs in 50.1 innings. Diaz’s 0.54 ERA was the fourth lowest by a qualified pitcher in the DSL since at least 2006 and the lowest by a 17-year-old in that time.

    Scouting Report: Diaz is a strike thrower with three pitches, good velocity and the projectable, athletic frame to add even more. His fastball ranges from 92-96 mph after sitting more in the high 80s when other teams were scouting him as an amateur. Diaz was reaching his peak velocity more often later in the season. Life on the pitch was evident from the 11.3 strikeouts per nine innings, .163 opponent average and zero home runs he allowed in 15 starts. Diaz is a strong, fluid pitcher who has uncommon feel for his secondary pitches for such a young pitcher. His changeup with late fade played as above-average to plus in his debut, and he threw it 20% of the time. He tended to introduce his high-70s curveball the second time through the order, but if he struggled to control it or get chases he would ditch it in favor of his change.

    The Future: Diaz’s starts were appointment viewing for Mets player development staff, who would make a point to tune in to the internal livestream of DSL games to watch him pitch. They should be able to watch him in person in 2022, when an assignment to Low-A St. Lucie is possible. With so much distance to cover, Diaz is a boom or bust pitching prospect with a wide range of possible outcomes.

    Scouting Grades:
    Fastball: 60. Curveball: 50. Changeup: 55. Control: 50

  10. 10. Calvin Ziegler | RHP
    Calvin Ziegler
    Born: Oct 3, 2002
    Bats: R Throws: R
    Ht.: 6'0" Wt.: 205
    Signed By: Jon Updike/John Kosciak.

    BA Grade: 50/Extreme

    Track Record: Ziegler is an Ontario prep who took unusual measures to be seen by scouts after not being drafted in 2020. With Canada on tighter Covid restrictions in 2021, Ziegler traveled south to pitch in tournaments for TNXL Academy, a Florida charter school, and later the Ohio Warhawks travel team. He hit his stride late in the spring and appealed to the Mets in the second round, both for his upside and asking price. He signed for $910,000, and the Mets planned to channel the $710,000 in bonus pool savings to first-rounder Kumar Rocker, who ultimately did not sign.

    Scouting Report: The top Canadian pitcher drafted in 2021, Ziegler delivers quality stuff from a powerful, athletic delivery. In his best outings before the draft, he pitched at 93-95 mph and topped out at 97 with a fastball featuring armside run. His curveball has plus potential at 78-84 mph with tight break and top-to-bottom shape. He threw more strikes with his curve as the spring unfolded. Ziegler will need to develop his firm mid-80s changeup that shows tail and sink when executed. Improved control, location and mound presence helped Ziegler put everything together in 2021. Other clubs indicated that Ziegler would not have gotten to the Mets with their pick in the third round.

    The Future: Ziegler did not pitch for a Mets affiliate after signing because he had to clear up visa issues, but he threw a few bullpen sessions when he got to the complex in Port St. Lucie, Fla. The Mets will have a better idea of what they have in Ziegler in 2022 when he gains his first pro experience.

    Scouting Grades:
    Fastball: 60. Curveball: 55. Changeup: 45. Control: 45.

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