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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: .260/.374/.511 | 27 HR | 0 SB | 411 AB

    Track Record: Alvarez grew up working for his father's construction company in Venezuela. After signing with the Mets for $2.7 million in 2018, he quickly constructed a case as one of the top prospects in baseball. Alvarez hit his way to the Rookie-advanced Appalachian League as a 17-year-old in his 2019 pro debut. The lost 2020 minor league season did nothing to slow him. Alvarez shined at the Mets' alternate training site that summer and emerged as the organization's clear-cut No.1 prospect. When minor league baseball returned in 2021, he was ready. Alvarez popped 24 home runs--only one teenager hit more--in a season spent primarily at High-A. He made further offensive gains in 2022, hitting .260/.374/.511 in 112 games and tallying career highs with 27 homers and 70 walks. Alvarez spent July, August and September with Triple-A Syracuse, but he missed nearly three weeks with a right ankle injury late in the season. He returned from the injured list to hit .362 with three homers and a 1.079 OPS in 13 games to earn his first big league callup on Sept. 30. With New York, a 20-year-old Alvarez popped his first big league homer, caught his first game and made the Mets' postseason roster. He was the youngest player in MLB in 2022.

    Scouting Report: Few prospects can match Alvarez's raw power. Built like a fire hydrant at a listed 5-foot-10, 233 pounds, he unleashes a compact, powerful swing that inflicts damage and earns double-plus power grades. Alvarez's average exit velocity in the minors in 2022 was 90 mph and his 90th percentile EV checked in at nearly 108 mph, an elite reading. Alvarez has good feel for the strike zone, but like many young hitters will expand his zone and chase. He should be an average hitter in MLB but can improve that grade slightly with better swing decisions and more zone contact. While he clears the offensive bar at catcher, Alvarez has work to do behind the plate. He receives well and has an average arm he used to throw out 29% of 108 minor league basestealers. He emphasized learning English and conducted meetings in his second language in 2022, underscoring his leadership initiative. Alvarez has a large frame and must remain flexible and strong in his ankles to weather a long season. Game-calling and understanding situations is the final hurdle in his development. With time, he has the potential to develop into a near-average defensive catcher.

    The Future: The Mets have long been enamored of Alvarez's work ethic, composure and competitive makeup. He has that 'it' factor to become a star on baseball's biggest stage. Alvarez has already reached the summit of his climb in pro ball, and he is poised to hit in the middle of the Mets' order for a long time. It just might require a bit more Triple-A time to shore up his hitting approach and gain more reps behind the plate. After the season, Alvarez had surgery on his right ankle to remove a loose body and repair damaged cartilage. He is expected to be ready for spring training and will spend most of 2023 with the big club.

    Scouting Grades: Hitting: 50. Power: 70. Speed: 30. Fielding: 45. Arm: 50.

  2. 2. Brett Baty | 3B
    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: .315/.410/.533 | 19 HR | 2 SB | 362 AB

    Track Record: Baty stood out for his feel to hit, power and discipline as a high school senior in a loaded 2019 draft class. But his age--he turned 20 in November of his draft year--turned off many teams. The Mets drafted Baty 12th overall and watched him hit his way to MLB as a 22-year-old in 2022. He earned his first big league callup on Aug. 17 after a dominating minor league season that included a .950 OPS for Binghamton, highest among Eastern League qualifiers and third-highest at Double-A. His MLB debut season was cut short by surgery to repair a torn thumb ligament he suffered on Aug. 28.

    Scouting Report: Baty homered in his first big league at-bat, a validation of the work he had put in to hit the ball in the air more often in 2022. He lowered his groundball rate from 56% in 2021 to 44% a year later even as he climbed to the upper levels. Baty hit all batting benchmarks in 2022. He hit the ball hard with regularity--near 92 mph average exit velocity with a 90th percentile reading of 107 mph--he didn't chase out of the zone often and he made contact when he swung at pitches in the zone. Baty takes his walks and should be a high on-base hitter with above-average power. Baty has improved his defensive play at third base, where his plus arm plays but his range and release grade as more capable than outstanding. He started 11 games in left field in the minors and is athletic enough to play there to get his bat in the lineup.

    The Future: Baty is a good hitter with power and will bat toward the middle of the Mets' lineup at his peak. He projects to be playable at third base, but a stronger defender could push him to left field.

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

  3. 3. Kevin Parada | C
    Kevin Parada
    Born: Aug 3, 2001
    Bats: R Throws: R
    Ht.: 6'1" Wt.: 197
    Minors: .275/.455/.425 | 1 HR | 0 SB | 40 AB

    Track Record: A top draft prospect in 2020 out of high school in Los Angeles, Parada was not selected in the truncated five-round draft because of his strong commitment to Georgia Tech. He ably continued the Yellow Jackets' rich catcher tradition that includes first-round picks Jason Varitek, Matt Wieters and Joey Bart. Parada took his game to a new level as a sophomore after offseason strength gains. He hit .361/.453/.709 with 26 home runs, 30 walks and 32 strikeouts in 60 games. Ranked as the No. 6 draft prospect, Parada slipped to the Mets at No. 11 and signed for $5,019,735, or 5% over slot value. He joined Low-A St. Lucie for 10 games and helped the club win the Florida State League championship by going 6-for-15 with two walks in four playoff games.

    Scouting Report: Parada is a disciplined hitter who makes steady, hard contact to all fields. His swing features some pre-pitch movement, but he gets into launch position consistently. When Parada swings, he tends to make contact, and his 10.5% strikeout rate in college was easily the lowest among Division I hitters with at least 25 homers. He struck out just twice in four FSL playoff games. Parada did not show crazy exit velocities in his pro debut but has demonstrated power that is at least above-average. Parada is regarded as a fringe-average defensive catcher with a fringe arm, but he is committed to improving. He bought a house in Port St. Lucie, Fla., in order to spend his offseason around Mets instructors. He also spent time at Cressey Sports Performance to work on lateral movement and flexibility. Like most young catchers, he must improve his game-calling and situational awareness.

    The Future: The Mets were thrilled to land Parada, a potential first-division catcher, when he fell to the 11th pick. He will begin challenging for MLB at-bats in 2024.

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

  4. 4. 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: .281/.346/.436 | 11 HR | 21 SB | 498 AB

    Track Record: Members of the 2019 international free agent class had it tough. Players who signed that July were deprived of a 2020 minor league season by the pandemic, effectively pushing their pro debuts to 2021. That list includes Ramirez, who made his pro debut for Low-A St. Lucie in June 2021, nearly two years after signing. He gained valuable reps in the pitcher-friendly Florida State League that summer and returned there to begin 2022. Ramirez earned a July 4 bump to High-A Brooklyn after he cut his chase rate nearly in half from May to June.

    Scouting Report: Ramirez is the top athlete in the system and has raw tools few Mets prospects can approach. It's going to come down to how much he hits. Ramirez has an exaggerated load to his swing that includes a bat wrap, but up through High-A he has been able to get into launch position on time. From that point, his swing mechanics are fluid and his bat speed exceptional. Ramirez's overall numbers in 2022 were strong for a teenager, and he backed up that production by working deeper counts and hunting his pitch more often as the season progressed. Further growth in his chase rate and in terms of swinging less often could key a breakout. A key offseason goal for Ramirez will be adding strength to his 6-foot-3 frame. The Mets want to begin to turn his doubles--just four teenagers had more than his 30 two-baggers--into home runs as he embarks on his age-20 season. Ramirez is an above-average runner and graceful defender in center field. His plus arm would play in right field if he outgrows center. Ramirez tends to play on cruise control and could show more urgency.

    The Future: Ramirez scuffled at times at High-A, and the Mets believe he will be better for the challenge. He is on track to reach Double-A as a 20-year-old at some point in 2023.

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

  5. 5. Jett Williams | SS
    Jett Williams
    Born: Nov 3, 2003
    Bats: R Throws: R
    Ht.: 5'8" Wt.: 175
    Minors: .250/.366/.438 | 1 HR | 6 SB | 32 AB

    Track Record: The Mets were linked to Williams throughout the 2022 draft season. The club had been dialed in on him since the 2021 Area Code Games and viewed drafting the Dallas-Fort Worth metroplex product with the 14th overall pick as an ideal outcome. Williams signed for $3.9 million, which was about 8% under slot value. He reported to the Florida Complex League after signing and was not fazed by the assignment. He continued to make quality contact while exercising good swing decisions and going 6-for-6 on stolen base attempts in 10 games.

    Scouting Report: 'Unafraid' may be the best adjective to describe the 5-foot-8 Williams. He plays with a chip on his shoulder similar to short middle infielders like Dustin Pedroia or Alex Bregman. Time will tell if Williams' skills measure up to those all-stars, but he was a scout's favorite on the high school showcase circuit for his bat-to-ball skill, plus speed and overall exciting style of play. The Mets have little doubt Williams will develop into a plus hitter with on-base ability that would fit at the top of the lineup. Because he does such a good job hitting his pitch, he could approach average power in his peak seasons, but below-average is the more likely outcome. He is a skilled basestealer who also runs well enough to have played center field as an amateur. The Mets like Williams on the middle infield, most likely at second base in the big leagues because his range and overall efficiency at shortstop are light. His average arm will fit at the keystone.

    The Future: It may take four years to manifest, but Williams projects to be the Mets' second baseman of the future and potential leadoff hitter. He is a strong bet to open 2023 as the shortstop for Low-A St. Lucie.

    Scouting Grades: Hitting: 60. Power: 40. Speed: 60. Fielding: 50. Arm: 50

  6. 6. Mark Vientos | 3B
    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: .280/.358/.519 | 24 HR | 0 SB | 378 AB

    Track Record: The youngest player drafted in 2017, Vientos took a few seasons to find his footing in pro ball before breaking out at the upper levels in 2021. He hit 25 home runs that season and then hit 24 more for Syracuse in 2022 as one of just 10 qualified 22-year-olds at Triple-A. He ranked fifth in the International League with an .877 OPS. That performance earned Vientos his first big league callup on Sept. 11. He picked up a handful of starts at DH versus lefthanded starters down the stretch but did not make the Mets' postseason roster.

    Scouting Report: Vientos' game is predicated on power, as is his future role. He shows plus raw power to all fields and even hit his first MLB home run the other way, but he doesn't get to that power as much as he could because of his approach. Vientos chases too much and misses in the zone too much to hit for a high average, though he showed a healthy walk rate at Triple-A and in MLB. He struggled to impact righthanded pitchers in 2022, giving up nearly 375 OPS points at Triple-A. If it persists it could point to more of a platoon or part-time role. Drafted as a shortstop, Vientos moved to third base early in his pro career but will struggle to stick there in the big leagues. He throws well but has a thick lower half, below-average speed and substandard range. First base is his most likely position.

    The Future: The Mets struggled to get production at DH versus lefthanders in 2022, as J.D. Davis and then Darin Ruf floundered. If that trend continues, a door opens for Vientos to earn MLB playing time. Given his youth and the Mets' competitive window, he will likely enter the season as plan B as he sees more time at Triple-A.

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

  7. 7. 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: .259/.296/.472 | 26 HR | 20 SB | 509 AB

    Track Record: Mauricio headlined the Mets' 2017 international signing class and was playing full-season ball as an 18-year-old in 2019. He hit just four home runs in 116 Low-A games that season, but his fast hands and developing body suggested more power was in the tank. That turned out to be the case. When Mauricio emerged from the lost 2020 season, he hit 19 home runs for High-A Brooklyn in 2021 and 26 more for Double-A Binghamton in 2022. He also stole 20 bases in 2022, making him one of just 27 minor leaguers to go 20-20.

    Scouting Report: With easy plus raw power and an average exit velocity north of 90 mph, Mauricio impacts the ball about as well as organization-mates Francisco Alvarez or Brett Baty. He just doesn't do it as frequently because of poor swing decisions. Mauricio swings too often to work favorable counts and chases too much off the plate. He has compiled a combined .296 on-base percentage in 2021 and 2022, making him one of just 12 minor leaguers with a sub-.300 mark and at least 800 plate appearances in that span. Mauricio is a reliable fielder at shortstop who made a large number of his 25 errors for Binghamton on throws. His glove could play as average at shortstop and perhaps plus at third base. His plus arm would also fit on an outfield corner as needed, though he has not appeared at a position other than shortstop as a pro.

    The Future: Mauricio will be a 22-year-old at Triple-A in 2023, with a chance to earn MLB time if he makes better swing decisions or if an infielder is needed in New York. With a low-on-base, high-slugging profile, he would fit as a bottom-third-of-the-order hitter whose position value helps keep him in the lineup.

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

  8. 8. Blade Tidwell | RHP
    Blade Tidwell
    Born: Jun 8, 2001
    Bats: R Throws: R
    Ht.: 6'4" Wt.: 207
    Minors: 0-1 | 1.93 ERA | 11 SO | 7 BB | 10 IP

    Track Record: Tidwell was teammates with Padres 2018 first-round lefthander Ryan Weathers at Loretto (Tenn.) High before heading to college. He shined as a Tennessee freshman in 2021, going 10-3 with a 3.74 ERA in 18 starts. His 90 strikeouts ranked top 20 in the Southeastern Conference and set him up as one of the top college pitching prospects for the 2022 draft. Tidwell fell out of the first-round conversation when he missed the first two months of the season with shoulder soreness, but his stuff looked firm when he returned in late March. The Mets drafted him at No. 52 overall in the second round and signed him for $1.85 million, or 25% over slot value.

    Scouting Report: Tidwell made just five regular-season appearances after signing, but he made enough of an impression to rank as the organization's top pitching prospect. He helped Low-A St. Lucie win the Florida State League championship by pitching 9.2 scoreless innings over two playoff starts with 13 strikeouts and two walks. Tidwell delivers mid-90s fastballs that peak at 99 mph from a high arm slot. The pitch showed more efficient spin axis in his pro debut as Tidwell focused on working up in the zone and inside to batters, as contrasted with his college game plan of working low and away. Tidwell throws the best slider in the Mets' system. It's a mid-80s breaker with high spin and plus potential. Tidwell's fastball command wavers, and he needs to throw his changeup more often after it got good results in college. Refining command and developing a third pitch will be developmental focal points in 2023.

    The Future: Tidwell has the 6-foot-4 build of a big league starter and the type of competitive edge, electric stuff and confidence that top starters have. He should see Double-A at some point in 2023, and how he fares there will help determine his MLB timeline.

    Scouting Grades: Fastball: 60. Curveball: 40. Slider: 60. Changeup: 45. Control: 50

  9. 9. Calvin Ziegler | RHP
    Calvin Ziegler
    Born: Oct 3, 2002
    Bats: R Throws: R
    Ht.: 6'0" Wt.: 205
    Signed By: Jon Updike/John Kosciak.
    Minors: 0-6 | 4.44 ERA | 70 SO | 35 BB | 47 IP

    Track Record: Ziegler knows all about the pandemic making it difficult for Canadian high school prospects to be scouted. He went undrafted in 2020 and had to play tournaments for a Florida charter school and pitch for an Ohio travel team in 2021 to be seen for the draft. The Mets liked Ziegler's power arsenal and signed him for $910,000 as a second-round pick, expecting to apply the bonus pool savings to first-rounder Kumar Rocker, who did not sign. Because of Ziegler's long layoff, the Mets deployed him cautiously at Low-A St. Lucie in 2022, keeping him on tight pitch counts and having him sit out roughly six weeks at midseason with general soreness.

    Scouting Report: Ziegler missed bats at a rate few teenage pitchers could match in 2022. The issue for him will be not missing the strike zone as much after he walked 35 in 46.2 innings. Ziegler's 35.2% strikeout rate ranked sixth among teens with more than 12 starts. His fastball averages 94 mph touches 96 with plus ride up in the zone. Ziegler's curveball has top-to-bottom shape at 78-84 mph and can be a plus pitch for him if he learns to command it for strikes. Ziegler didn't throw a changeup as an amateur, so he added a splitter in 2022 to give him a usable third pitch. His north-south attack is highly effective on young, inexperienced hitters. Improving his overall command will help the strategy play as he advances. Ziegler has a long arm stroke and tends to catapult toward the hitter. Adding strength to help him repeat his mechanics will help him throw more strikes and stay in the rotation. Ziegler has a fiery, competitive demeanor and always seems to be in motion.

    The Future: Ziegler has velocity and feel to spin, if not much physical projection. A mid-rotation outcome is possible in three or four years, but first he moves to High-A Brooklyn in 2023.

    Scouting Grades: Fastball: 60. Curveball: 60. Splitter: 40. Control: 45.

  10. 10. 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.

    Track Record: The top high school righthander in the 2019 draft, Allan slipped to the Mets in the third round and signed for $2.5 million, the equivalent of late first-round money. He made six pro appearances that summer in preparation for a full-season assignment that had not yet materialized. Allan shined at the Mets' alternate training site in 2020 when the pandemic wiped out the minor league season and then looked sharp at 2021 spring training. He had Tommy John surgery that May and then ulnar transposition surgery in January 2022 that kept him off a mound for both seasons. Allan was throwing side sessions for most of the 2022 season. By the fall he was throwing all pitch types off flat ground, with a goal to get on a mound in the winter.

    Scouting Report: Allan flashed top-shelf stuff when healthy. The Mets are hopeful he can recover his mid-90s fastball with vertical life and his high-70s curveball with tight spin and plus potential. He made big strides with his changeup at the alternate site in 2020, but the pitch is largely untested in game situations. Allan has worked to overcome the mental block associated with pitching through scar tissue in his elbow and getting used to normal ligament soreness. The followup elbow surgery he had in 2022 is not uncommon for Tommy John patients. Jacob deGrom, Steven Matz and Zack Wheeler all had it when they pitched for the Mets. Like Allan, Matz and Wheeler also missed the equivalent of multiple seasons while rehabbing.

    The Future: In four short years, Allan has experienced the ups and downs of pro ball. But what he hasn't experienced is a full season. That should change in 2023. Health permitting, he has the type of repertoire and cerebral approach to occupy a spot in the middle of a big league rotation.

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

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