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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 Nunez/Ismael Perez.
    Minors: .270/.401/.505 | 11 HR | 4 SB | 200 AB

    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, take-charge 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 and at instructional league, where he called his own game. He was slated to head to the Australian Baseball League in the offseason, but when Venezuela opened its borders in the fall, the 19-year-old asked to return home to see family. The young catcher was also feeling worn down after what equated to his first full season. 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. The wait will be worth it.

  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: .284/.373/.470 | 8 HR | 4 SB | 232 AB

    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.

  3. 3. Kumar Rocker | RHP
    Kumar Rocker
    Born: Nov 22, 1999
    Bats: R Throws: R
    Ht.: 6'5" Wt.: 245

    Rocker was one of the top high school pitching prospects in the loaded 2018 prep pitching class that included lefthanders Matthew Liberatore and Ryan Weathers and righthanders Ethan Hankins and Carter Stewart, among others. Despite ranking as the No. 13 player in the class and a consensus first-round talent, Rocker made it to campus at Vanderbilt where he was the highest-ranked player in Baseball America’s college recruiting rankings history. He delivered on the hype and became the 2019 Freshman of the Year after posting a 3.25 ERA in 16 starts and 99.2 innings with 114 strikeouts to just 21 walks. Because of Rocker’s pedigree and collegiate track record, he entered the tumultuous 2021 draft cycle as the de facto No. 1 player in the 2021 class and remains in the top tier of players despite a lack of consensus on any standout 1-1 player in this year’s group. Rocker has a large, 6-foot-5, 245-pound frame befitting a workhorse big league starter that leaves no doubt about his professional bloodlines. Rocker’s father, Tracy, played football at Auburn and briefly in the NFL. He has power stuff out of that powerful frame, headlined by a fastball up to 99 mph at his best and a devastating slider in the low-to-mid 80s that grades out as a double-plus offering at its best and is one of the better breaking balls in the 2021 class. Rocker has dealt with inconsistent velocity this spring, sitting in the 89-93 mph range at times before getting back to his usual mid-90s stuff. He’s still succeeded and overwhelmed SEC hitters even without his best velocity, but scouts question how that pitch will play at the next level, especially due to the fact that his fastball has played down at times dating back to high school. Rocker experimented with a cutter in the 88-91 mph range this season and has also thrown a firm changeup with slight fading action. Both offerings could give him something to keep lefthanders off his fastball at the next level, and his changeup in particular has shown upside in the past, but both need more refinement and usage before teams will feel confident projecting plus grades. While some teams think Rocker has reliever risk thanks to inconsistent fastball command at times, his pure stuff, pedigree and track record give him significant upside.

  4. 4. 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: .246/.287/.454 | 13 HR | 6 SB | 260 AB

    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.

  5. 5. Mark Vientos | 3B/1B
    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: .269/.341/.596 | 20 HR | 0 SB | 223 AB

    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.

  6. 6. Pete Crow-Armstrong | OF
    Pete Crow-Armstrong
    Born: Mar 25, 2002
    Bats: L Throws: L
    Ht.: 6'1" Wt.: 180
    Drafted/Signed: HS--Los Angeles, 2020 (1st round).
    Signed By: Rusty McNamara.
    Minors: .417/.562/.500 | 0 HR | 2 SB | 24 AB

    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.

  7. 7. 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.

    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.

  8. 8. 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: 3-1 | 2.44 ERA | 41 SO | 10 BB | 45 IP

    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.

  9. 9. Tylor Megill | RHP
    Tylor Megill
    Born: Jul 28, 1995
    Bats: R Throws: R
    Ht.: 6'7" Wt.: 230
    Drafted/Signed: Arizona, 2018 (8th round).
    Signed By: Brian Reid.
    Minors: 2-1 | 3.35 ERA | 59 SO | 12 BB | 41 IP

    TRACK RECORD: The Mets snagged Megill as an eighth-round senior sign in 2018 after he spent his junior and senior seasons in the University of Arizona bullpen. He has the weapons, physicality and endurance to start, so the Mets began the process of stretching him out in the rotation in 2019.

    SCOUTING REPORT: Megill came to instructional league in 2020 firing bullets. He reached 98 mph with apparent ease and sat in the mid 90s. Megill has a giant 6-foot-7 frame and very high arm slot but throws strikes and flashes average with three secondary pitches. His mid-80s slider has abrupt action but not a lot of depth, while his curveball has short, sharp break in the same velocity band. Megill has added depth to both breaking pitches as he has developed. His changeup plays as average and helps limit damage from lefthanded hitters.

    THE FUTURE: Megill has the wide repertoire of average to near-average secondary pitches to keep hitters off-balance. If he can learn to command them, he could be dangerous, most likely as a reliever.

  10. 10. 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.

    TRACK RECORD: The Mets signed Ramirez out of the Dominican Republic for $2.05 million as the headliner of the club's 2019 international class. He was deprived the chance to make his pro debut in 2020 after the coronavirus pandemic canceled the minor league season. Ramirez spent the spring and summer back home before participating in the Mets' instructional league in October.

    SCOUTING REPORT: Ramirez is tall with an athletic build and absolutely looks the part of five-tool center fielder. While an optimistic scout could grade Ramirez's power, speed, fielding and arm as future plus tools, his ability to hit will determine whether he realizes his overall potential. His swing features a lot of moving parts, which hinders his timing and could take several years of repetitions to iron out. Ramirez flashes plus power in batting practice and projects as a plus runner, but he must prove himself as a hitter first. His instincts in center field are strong and so is his arm.

    THE FUTURE: Ramirez was often overmatched by pitchers at instructs--which is understandable given that he was 17 and had zero games of pro experience--but the Mets were encouraged that he never gave away at-bats. A likely scenario in 2021 includes time in extended spring training before embarking on a half-season in Rookie ball.

  11. 11. Carlos Cortes | OF
    Carlos Cortes
    Born: Jun 30, 1997
    Bats: L Throws: B
    Ht.: 5'7" Wt.: 197
    Drafted/Signed: South Carolina, 2018 (3rd round).
    Signed By: Daniel Coles.
    Minors: .257/.324/.502 | 12 HR | 0 SB | 245 AB

    TRACK RECORD: The Mets signed Cortes for a tick more than $1 million, one of just three seven-figure bonuses in the third round of the 2018 draft. He hit at an above-average rate in the short-season New York-Penn and high Class A Florida State leagues, which both favor pitchers to a large degree, in his first two pro seasons. At instructional league in 2020, he started slow but rebounded and hit a 452-foot drive, the longest in any of the Mets’ games.

    SCOUTING REPORT: Cortes doesn’t fit a traditional profile. He doesn’t have prototype power for an outfield corner or the defensive chops to play second base, the position at which he was drafted. What he does have is big bat speed and a twitchiness at the plate that could make him a major league extra one day. Cortes has the capability to hit .270 to .280 with a disciplined approach and gap power. The Mets gave up on playing Cortes at second base. He is ambidextrous but much more comfortable throwing with his left hand, which limits him to the outfield or first base. He looked smooth around the first base bag at instructs, but his 5-foot-7 stature makes him non-playable there.

    THE FUTURE: Cortes’ future potential could be tied whether the DH becomes permanent in the National League. His best role would probably be an outfield reserve who could serve as a club’s dedicated pinch-hitter.

  12. 12. 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.
    Minors: .252/.437/.408 | 4 HR | 3 SB | 147 AB

    Hitting: 40. Power: 55. Running: 60. Fielding: 55. Arm: 70.

    TRACK RECORD: The Royals have pushed Lee aggressively since they drafted him in the third round in 2016, including sending him to Double-A as a 20-year-old. Lee was set to spend the 2020 season at Triple-A, but he instead spent the summer at the alternate training site and finished up with the instructional program at Kauffman Stadium.

    SCOUTING REPORT: Lee is an impressive athlete whose biggest need is to reduce his strikeout rate. He struck out 154 times in 129 games in 2019 and has a 34% strikeout rate in his career. He made strides at the alternate training site by hunting specific pitches and staying out of two-strike counts. Lee hasn’t been able to get to his above-average raw power because of his swing-and-miss issues, but he has enough thump to reach double-digit home runs. Lee worked with Royals outfield coach Mitch Maier to improve his instincts and jumps in the outfield and take better advantage of his above-average speed. Even if he can’t stay in center field, his plus arm will be enough for an outfield corner. Lee is an aggressive and instinctive baserunner who stole 53 bases in 65 attempts in his last full season.

    THE FUTURE: Lee has a chance to become part of the Royals’ outfield, but only if his contact improvements hold.

  13. 13. Calvin Ziegler | RHP
    Calvin Ziegler
    Born: Oct 3, 2002
    Ht.: 0'0"

    The 18-year-old hard-throwing righthander is likely to be the first Canadian high schooler off the draft board this year, though he spent his entire spring playing south of the border to get in some time on the mound while his home province remained under strict pandemic protocols. Ziegler has consistently added velocity to his fastball, getting it up to 97 mph this spring, sitting in the low-to-mid 90s. His curveball is solid-average, and he’s flashed a consistent top-to-bottom breaker with the potential to be a plus pitch. His mid-80s changeup has been good, though Ziegler hasn’t always had a chance to get to it because of his inconsistency with his strike throwing. His stuff has always been there, and he took a step forward with his control earlier this year but recent looks indicate that there might have been some regression. He’s shown an ability to make significant progress in a short timeframe, and has had an improved presence on the mound this year. There’s not a lot of projection left in his 6-foot, 205-pound frame.

  14. 14. Junior Santos | RHP
    Junior Santos
    Born: Aug 16, 2001
    Bats: R Throws: R
    Ht.: 6'8" Wt.: 230
    Drafted/Signed: Dominican Republic, 2017.
    Signed By: Anderson Taveras/Gerardo Cabrera.
    Minors: 3-3 | 5.16 ERA | 49 SO | 29 BB | 60 IP

    TRACK RECORD: Santos signed for $275,000 about six weeks after turning 16 in 2017. His 6-foot-8 frame helped him stand out instantly in the Dominican Summer League and then again when he jumped to the Rookie-level Appalachian League in 2019, where he struck out 36 in 40.2 innings as a 17-year-old. Santos broke his foot preparing for the 2020 season and spent the year working on strength and conditioning rather than working off a mound.

    SCOUTING REPORT: Santos' height helps create extension in his delivery that aids him in terms of perceived velocity, but it hinders him when it comes to syncing his delivery, throwing strikes and holding baserunners. He pitches at 90-94 mph and hits 95, but his body has room to fill out and carry greater velocity. Santos needs to develop a trusted secondary pitch. His slurvy high-70s breaking ball has aboveaverage spin and could become a weapon if he learns to stay on top of the pitch. Learning to repeat his delivery will help Santos realize better fastball command and consistency with his breaking ball.

    THE FUTURE: Santos' injury precluded him from being considered for the alternate training site, and he spent the fall working out at Dominican instructional league. His tantalizing combination of height and projectability make him a rotation prospect, but high-leverage relief is a possibility if he doesn't learn to throw more strikes. He could be ready for low Class A.

  15. 15. Jaylen Palmer | UTL
    Jaylen Palmer
    Born: Jul 31, 2000
    Bats: R Throws: R
    Ht.: 6'4" Wt.: 195
    Drafted/Signed: HS--Flushing, N.Y., 2018 (22nd round).
    Signed By: John Kosciak.
    Minors: .279/.378/.392 | 2 HR | 23 SB | 240 AB

    TRACK RECORD: Palmer grew up in Flushing, N.Y. and played high school ball in the shadow of Citi Field. Drafted in the 22nd round in 2018, he hit .310 in his pro debut in the Rookie-level Gulf Coast League and put himself on the prospect map in 2019, when he ranked among the Rookie-level Appalachian League leaders with 63 hits and 31 walks.

    SCOUTING REPORT: Palmer does many things well but lacks an outstanding tool to put him over the top. His biggest area for improvement in 2020 was simply pitch recognition after striking out 39% of the time the year before. To correct that, Palmer made two adjustments. First, he made use of a portable virtual reality machine to help with pitch recognition. Second, he made his swing more effective by working through the ball rather than diving at it. Palmer hits the ball hard consistently and could grow into average power, especially if his recognition gains hold. Drafted as a shortstop, he projects more as an average third baseman. The Mets had him playing outfield at instructional league to increase his versatility. His above-average speed will play there once he becomes more practiced.

    THE FUTURE: Palmer has the work ethic and drive to improve, which could be his separating tool. Barring a huge surge in offensive upside, he profiles as a multi-positional player who could play infield and outfield.

  16. 16. Jose Butto | RHP
    Jose Butto
    Born: Mar 19, 1998
    Bats: R Throws: R
    Ht.: 6'1" Wt.: 160
    Drafted/Signed: Venezuela, 2017.
    Signed By: Hector Rincones.
    Minors: 1-4 | 4.41 ERA | 77 SO | 17 BB | 70 IP

    TRACK RECORD: Butto signed at age 19 in 2017 and worked his way to low Class A Columbia in 2019. He finished strong to rank among the South Atlantic League top 10 with a 3.62 ERA and 1.17 WHIP. Butto was one of the most impressive pitchers at the Mets' instructional league in 2020, throwing strikes at a high rate, limiting hard contact and striking out a batter per inning.

    SCOUTING REPORT: Butto throws the best changeup in the Mets' system. He uses a circle-change grip and sells the low-80s pitch with identical arm speed and tunnel as his fastball. His changeup fades to his arm side and features as much as 13 mph of separation from his fastball. Butto can reach the mid 90s in short outings but parks at 91-94 mph in starts. His fastball has plus spin and plus ride, making the pitch difficult to pick up when located up in the zone. Butto used his time at the alternate training site and instructs to gain confidence in his below-average curveball. The Mets challenged him to up his curve usage from 10% to 20% and spin the pitch straight up and down to complement his riding fastball. He developed enough trust to use it as more than a show-me pitch.

    THE FUTURE: While on the short side for a righthanded starter, Butto is solidly built and throws three pitches. He is the Mets' most under-the-radar future starter, probably in a No. 5-type capacity.

  17. 17. Dominic Hamel | RHP
    Dominic Hamel
    Born: Mar 2, 1999
    Ht.: 0'0"

    Hamel was draft-eligible last year, but after two years at Yavapai (Ariz.) JC and just four starts (two good and two poor) for Dallas Baptist, teams decided they didn’t have enough to pick him in a five-round draft. There will be no such concerns this year. Hamel was Dallas Baptist’s ace in 2021, ranking among the nation’s top 10 in strikeouts (129) and top 20 in strikeout rate (13.4 K/9). He reached double digits in strikeouts in six of his first 15 starts in 2021. Hamel has shown the consistent ability to elevate his plus 90-94 mph fastball for swings and misses. It has the vertical movement that frustrates hitters, although he could still improve his command of it. Right now when hitters do catch up to it, they have done damage—all 14 of his home runs allowed came on his fastball. He spins an average low-80s slider with modest depth and some sweep, but it shows the potential to sharpen into an above-average pitch. It’s currently effective when he works it on the edge of the strike zone. He also throws a below-average changeup. Hamel’s steadily improving consistency, feel for spin and track record of success make for an alluring combination. Hamel has a good build (6-foot-2, 206 pounds), fast arm and gets good extension in his delivery. His fastball/slider combination presents options both as a starter and power reliever.

  18. 18. Thomas Szapucki | LHP
    Thomas Szapucki
    Born: Jun 12, 1996
    Bats: R Throws: L
    Ht.: 6'2" Wt.: 181
    Drafted/Signed: HS--Palm Beach Gardens, Fla., 2015 (5th round).
    Signed By: Cesar Aranguren.
    Minors: 0-4 | 4.10 ERA | 41 SO | 28 BB | 42 IP

    TRACK RECORD: Szapucki missed 2018 while recovering from Tommy John surgery but returned in 2019 to throw a career-high 61.2 innings and reach Double-A for one start. Added to the 40-man roster after the 2019 season, he spent 2020 at the Mets' alternate training site.

    SCOUTING REPORT: Szapucki pitched with diminished velocity in 2020, clouding his timetable to reach the big leagues unless he recovers that zip on his fastball. He sat at 88 mph at the alternate site after averaging 92 mph the year before and peaking at 95. Szapucki's fastball features plus ride and spin up in the zone, while his curveball shows deep breaking action and high spin in the low 80s. His changeup shows promise and has fringe-average potential as he gains confidence in the pitch. Szapucki is still trying to mentally get through the injury and workload restrictions that have plagued him. The Mets are hopeful his velocity will return after a commitment to strength and conditioning.

    THE FUTURE: As a lefthander who can land three pitches for strikes, and whose pitch attributes on his fastball and curveball are promising, Szapucki has a major league future if he recovers his velocity. He is further away than he appeared in 2019 and could require a full minor league season before reaching the majors in 2022.

  19. 19. Jordany Ventura | RHP
    Jordany Ventura
    Born: Jul 6, 2000
    Bats: R Throws: R
    Ht.: 6'0" Wt.: 162
    Drafted/Signed: Dominican Republic, 2018.
    Signed By: Andres Nunez.

    TRACK RECORD: The Mets signed Ventura when he was 17 in 2018 and sent him straight to the Dominican Summer League, where he made three brief appearances. He began to showcase his ability at three levels in 2019, particularly in the Rookie-level Gulf Coast League, where he struck out 34 and walked eight in 33 innings, blending bat-missing ability and an ability to throw strikes with a varied repertoire.

    SCOUTING REPORT: Ventura has an athletic delivery and three promising pitches, but it's really the potential of what he could become that intrigues evaluators. He has an athletic delivery, a quick arm and notable shoulder mobility. He pitches at 91-92 mph and tops at 94 as a teenager, but as he matures and gains strength he could sit a few ticks higher based on his ease of operation. Ventura relies on his fastball, throwing it more than 90% of the time in 2019, but has a nascent feel for his secondaries. His curveball shows occasional late snap, while his changeup is thrown with convincing arm speed. Ventura is a responsive learner and shows aptitude for development. The Mets want him to focus on loading his back side better in his delivery and better incorporating his lower half.

    THE FUTURE: Ventura throws enough strikes to project to a rotation role if his pitches come up with growth and experience. He is one of the organization's more intriguing lower-level arms.

  20. 20. Josh Walker | LHP
    Josh Walker
    Born: Dec 1, 1994
    Bats: L Throws: L
    Ht.: 6'6" Wt.: 225
    Minors: 8-2 | 3.13 ERA | 74 SO | 15 BB | 78 IP

    Drafted in the 37th round in 2017 out of New Haven, Walker had struggled with injuries, including a nerve issue in his arm sustained in a vehicle collision in 2019, until this season at Double-A Binghamton. The 6-foot-6 lefty has long levers but strong control of fringe to average stuff, headlined by a fastball up to 93 mph that he moves around well.

  21. 21. Patrick Mazeika | C/1B
    Patrick Mazeika
    Born: Oct 14, 1993
    Bats: L Throws: R
    Ht.: 6'3" Wt.: 208
    Minors: .288/.359/.477 | 5 HR | 0 SB | 111 AB
  22. 22. Travis Blankenhorn | 2B/OF
    Travis Blankenhorn
    Born: Aug 3, 1996
    Bats: L Throws: R
    Ht.: 6'2" Wt.: 235
    Drafted/Signed: HS--Pottsville, Pa., 2015 (3rd round).
    Signed By: Jay Weitzel.
    Minors: .228/.347/.468 | 5 HR | 2 SB | 79 AB

    A Twins’ third-round pick in 2015, Blankenhorn rode the waiver merry-go-round this spring before settling with the Mets. He’s a bat-first utility type who handles second base and corner outfield.

  23. 23. Hayden Senger | C
    Hayden Senger
    Born: Apr 3, 1997
    Bats: R Throws: R
    Ht.: 6'1" Wt.: 210
    Signed By: Chris Hervey.
    Minors: .307/.375/.500 | 4 HR | 0 SB | 150 AB

    Senger had previously flashed offensive upside in the second half of 2019, but he put up consistently solid numbers as he climbed to Double-A in 2021. He has average defensive potential at catcher with an above-average arm.

  24. 24. Michel Otanez | RHP
    Michel Otanez
    Born: Jul 3, 1997
    Bats: R Throws: R
    Ht.: 6'3" Wt.: 215
    Drafted/Signed: Dominican Republic, 2016.
    Signed By: Marciano Alvarez.
    Minors: 2-0 | 5.40 ERA | 33 SO | 30 BB | 25 IP

    TRACK RECORD: Otañez signed out of the Dominican Republic at age 18, missed his age-19 season after having Tommy John surgery and didn't pop on the radar until he was 21 in 2019. Otañez finished that year with short-season Brooklyn and lost a chance to build on that momentum in 2020 when the season was canceled. He did not participate in instructional league because of an unspecified Covid-related issue.

    SCOUTING REPORT: Otañez is tall, long-limbed and capable of pumping 97 mph heat with plus vertical ride on his fastball. The Mets love his arm strength--he averages around 95 mph--and work ethic, but he will need to develop his secondary weapons to have a major league future. Otañez increased the power of his curveball from the mid 70s to the low 80s, but his arm swing is stiff and inconsistent, lending more horizontal break than vertical snap to the pitch. Thus, his breaking ball tends to get slurvy. The Mets have pushed Otañez to use his below-average changeup more often, but it makes rare appearances in games.

    THE FUTURE: With a more consistent breaking ball, Otañez would profile as a reliever with a north-south attack. His below-average control is also befitting of a bullpen role.

  25. 25. Ryley Gilliam | RHP
    Ryley Gilliam
    Born: Aug 11, 1996
    Bats: R Throws: R
    Ht.: 5'10" Wt.: 170
    Drafted/Signed: Clemson, 2018 (5th round).
    Signed By: Daniel Coles.
    Minors: 2-4 | 9.88 ERA | 25 SO | 13 BB | 28 IP

    TRACK RECORD: Gilliam led the Atlantic Coast Conference with 11 saves as Clemson's closer in 2018. He has remained a reliever since the Mets drafted him in the fifth round after that year and appeared in 29 games in 2019, including 10 for Triple-A Syracuse. Gilliam has struck out 14 batters per nine innings as a pro but has walked 5 per nine and allowed opponents to hit .250, resulting in a 1.50 WHIP.

    SCOUTING REPORT: Gilliam's pitch attributes jump off the page. His performance in pro ball has not. Gilliam sits in the mid 90s with his plus, high-spin fastball. He loves to bury his plus, high-spin curveball for swings and misses. He runs into trouble because his command is poor. He wastes too many pitches and doesn't locate his curve in the zone enough, meaning that experienced hitters just eliminate spin and focus on his fastball. He has worked to develop a mid-80s slider to give him an east-west weapon he can throw for strikes.

    THE FUTURE: Gilliam's short stature and twitchy, tightly wound actions consign him to the bullpen. His upside remains high because of the caliber of his fastball and curveball, but he needs to locate both in the zone more often to make progress.

  26. 26. Luke Ritter | 2B
    Luke Ritter
    Born: Feb 15, 1997
    Bats: R Throws: R
    Ht.: 5'11" Wt.: 187
    Minors: .241/.312/.476 | 11 HR | 1 SB | 166 AB

    Ritter garnered a reputation as a versatile gamer at Wichita State, and that trend has continued following his seventh-round selection in 2019. While he’s already 24, Ritter has proved capable at second base and first base for High-A Brooklyn while flashing power with 11 home runs—10 of which were hit away from his pitcher-friendly home park.

  27. 27. Shervyen Newton | SS/2B
    Shervyen Newton
    Born: Apr 24, 1999
    Bats: B Throws: R
    Ht.: 6'4" Wt.: 180
    Drafted/Signed: Curacao, 2015.
    Signed By: Sendly Reina/Hector Rincones/Harold Herrera/Chris Becerra.
    Minors: .190/.312/.293 | 2 HR | 1 SB | 116 AB

    TRACK RECORD: Newton jumped on the prospect map in 2018, his fourth pro season, when he led the Rookie-level Appalachian League with 16 doubles and ranked second with 46 walks. He struggled mightily at low Class A Columbia in 2019, giving away at-bats and generally playing down to the competition as he shared the same infield with shortstop Ronny Mauricio and third baseman Mark Vientos.

    SCOUTING REPORT: Tall and rangy when he signed, Newton has continuously added muscle to his frame and stands out among his middle infield peers at 6-foot-4. He shows plus power in batting practice and posts high exit velocities, but pitch recognition and a high swing-and-miss rate limit his impact in games. Those attributes make him a poor bet to hit for average, though he does draw his share of walks. Newton has made the greatest strides on the defensive side, which he showcased at instructional league with his strong fundamentals and leadership. He is a smooth fielder at shortstop with average range and reliable hands. His strong arm makes him a candidate to move around the infield as needed.

    THE FUTURE: For a second straight offseason, Newton went unprotected and unselected in the Rule 5 draft. His combination of defensive know-how and power potential make him a possible future reserve infielder, but he is years away from realizing that potential.

  28. 28. Joander Suarez | RHP
    Joander Suarez
    Born: Feb 27, 2000
    Bats: R Throws: R
    Ht.: 6'3" Wt.: 181
    Drafted/Signed: Venezuela, 2018.
    Signed By: Carlos Perez.
    Minors: 0-3 | 7.66 ERA | 26 SO | 16 BB | 25 IP

    TRACK RECORD: Suarez signed out of Venezuela at age 18 and spent two years in Rookie complex leagues. He tied for fourth in the Rookie-level Gulf Coast League with 47 strikeouts in 2019 and was poised to break camp with a full-season club in 2020 before the minor league season was canceled.

    SCOUTING REPORT: Suarez doesn't have a knockout pitch, but batters struggle to square him up. He allowed a .191 opponent average in the GCL in 2019. Suarez pitches at 93 mph with the above-average vertical break the Mets emphasize. His high-80s changeup flashes plus and is his best pitch, more notable for his repeatable arm action. Suarez's straight changeup doesn't feature much sink or movement and is separated by just 4 mph from his fastball. Yet it has played against inexperienced hitters. Suarez has feel for a loopy, below-average curveball that is more of an early-count pitch.

    THE FUTURE: Suarez has deception that can't be taught. If the Mets can teach him to develop sink and separation on his changeup, he will become a sleeper for back-of-the-rotation work.

  29. 29. Jake Mangum | OF
    Jake Mangum
    Born: Mar 8, 1996
    Bats: B Throws: L
    Ht.: 6'1" Wt.: 179
    Drafted/Signed: Mississippi State, 2019 (4th round).
    Signed By: Jet Butler.
    Minors: .237/.287/.394 | 6 HR | 8 SB | 236 AB

    TRACK RECORD: The son of former NFL defensive back John Mangum, Jake turned down two chances to turn pro so that he could chase history. With a 108-hit senior season at Mississippi State in 2019, he set the Southeastern Conference all-time hits record. The Mets drafted Mangum in the fourth round in 2019 but signed him for just $20,000 as part of a strategy to save bonus pool money for higher draft picks.

    SCOUTING REPORT: Mangum looked largely overmatched as a 23-year-old slap hitter in the short-season New York-Penn League in his 2019 pro debut. That drove him to retool his swing by altering his hand position and setup to help boost his exit velocity and improve his attack angle. With two strikes, Mangum reverts to his spread-out stance he used to great effect in college to poke the ball to the opposite field. He could become an average major league hitter, albeit with well below-average power. Mangum is capable at all three outfield spots as a plus runner with an above-average arm. He is most proficient on the corners.

    THE FUTURE: Mangum's feel for hitting, discipline, speed and versatility make him a potential fourth outfielder. He'll make his full-season debut in 2021.

  30. 30. Nick Meyer | C
    Nick Meyer
    Born: Feb 18, 1997
    Bats: R Throws: R
    Ht.: 6'1" Wt.: 200
    Minors: .273/.349/.364 | 3 HR | 4 SB | 165 AB

    One of the finest defensive catchers in the 2018 draft when he was coming out of Cal Poly, Meyer had not distinguished himself offensively in pro ball. That changed in 2021 thanks to a swing adjustment that helped him reach Triple-A.

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