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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

    BA Grade/Risk: 65/Medium

    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. Kodai Senga | RHP
    Kodai Senga
    Born: Jan 30, 1993
    Bats: L Throws: R
    Ht.: 6'0" Wt.: 202

    BA Grade/Risk: 55/Medium

    Track Record: A Nippon Professional Baseball developmental draft selection by Fukuoka in 2010, Senga blossomed into one of Japan's top pitchers and broke out on an international stage at the 2017 World Baseball Classic when he struck out Eric Hosmer, Andrew McCutchen, Buster Posey, Giancarlo Stanton and Christian Yelich in the semifinals at Dodger Stadium. He became one of Japan's most highly-desired pitchers following that showing and burnished his reputation with continued dominance. He pitched a no-hitter in 2019, led the Pacific League in wins, ERA and strikeouts in 2020, led Japan to a gold medal at the Tokyo Olympics in 2021 and posted a 1.89 ERA in 2022. He exercised an opt out in his contract after the 2022 season to become a free agent and signed with the Mets for five years and $75 million in early December.

    Scouting Report: Senga is a power pitcher with a ready-made big league arsenal. His fastball sits 94-97 mph as a starter and touches 100-101 in short bursts with high spin rates and late explosion. He holds his velocity through his starts and has a good feel for manipulating his fastball, alternately giving it ride, sink or armside bore. Senga's best pitch is a plus-plus, mid-80s forkball nicknamed the 'Ghost Fork' for how it disappears on hitters. It jumps out of his hand like a fastball before falling off the table with late fade and dive to get wild, off-balance swings and misses over the top. Senga mostly dominates with his fastball and forkball, but he has a deep arsenal like many Japanese pitchers. His 86-89 mph cutter is a darting pitch he uses to jam lefthanded hitters and his vertical, 83-85 mph slider has a chance to be an average pitch if he improves its shape. He gets around his 77-80 mph curveball to make it slurvy at times, but when he stays on top of it, it flashes plus with power, downward action. Senga modifies his tempo and delivery to add deception but sacrifices control when he does. He shows average control when he keeps his delivery simple and straightforward.

    The Future: Senga has the stuff to be a No. 3 starter and can reach that potential if he refines his breaking balls and control. Even if he doesn't, he should be a quality No. 4 starter who eats innings and occasionally dominates.

    Scouting Grades: Fastball: 60. Curveball: 50. Slider: 45. Cutter: 50. Splitter: 70. Control: 50

  3. 3. 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

    BA Grade/Risk: 55/Medium

    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

  4. 4. 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

    BA Grade/Risk: 60/High

    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.

  5. 5. 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

    BA Grade/Risk: 55/High

    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

  6. 6. 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

    BA Grade/Risk: 55/Extreme

    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

  7. 7. 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

    BA Grade/Risk: 45/Medium

    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

  8. 8. 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

    BA Grade/Risk: 50/High

    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

  9. 9. 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

    BA Grade/Risk: 50/High

    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

  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.
    Minors: 0-6 | 4.44 ERA | 70 SO | 35 BB | 47 IP

    BA Grade/Risk: 50/High

    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.

  11. 11. Dominic Hamel | RHP
    Dominic Hamel
    Born: Mar 2, 1999
    Bats: R Throws: R
    Ht.: 6'2" Wt.: 206
    Signed By: Gary Brown.
    Minors: 10-3 | 3.25 ERA | 145 SO | 54 BB | 119 IP

    BA Grade/Risk: 50/High

    Track Record: Hamel returned to Dallas Baptist for a fourth collegiate season when he went undrafted in the five-round 2020 draft. His fortune improved in 2021 after he ranked ninth in Division I with 136 strikeouts and was drafted 81st overall. Hamel earned Mets organization pitcher of the year honors in 2022, when he pitched his way to High-A Brooklyn and led the system with 10 wins, 145 strikeouts and a 1.15 WHIP.

    Scouting Report: Hamel pitches with a modern fastball. He releases the ball from a low attack angle with plus riding life. He throws a high rate of strikes with his low-90s four-seamer that topped at 95 mph and drew a high rate of swinging strikes from Class A hitters. He holds his velocity deep into starts and is mindful of baserunners, who attempted just eight stolen bases in 2022. Hamel's low-80s slider grades as above-average based on its tight spin, and he commands the pitch to both sides of the plate. He also throws a curveball that has shape but lacks power. Hamel has developed his changeup into a usable third pitch, which helped him push his strikeout rate from 26% in the first half to 33% in the second.

    The Future: Hamel will be 24 as he embarks on his first season in the upper minors. With continued health and performance, he is an MLB debut candidate in 2023 or 2024. Unless he finds more velocity, he probably fits best as a No. 5 starter or quality reliever.

    Scouting Grades: Fastball: 60. Curveball: 40. Slider: 55. Changeup: 45. Control: 50.

  12. 12. Mike Vasil | RHP
    Mike Vasil
    Born: Mar 19, 2000
    Bats: L Throws: R
    Ht.: 6'5" Wt.: 225
    Signed By: Daniel Coles.
    Minors: 4-2 | 3.53 ERA | 85 SO | 26 BB | 72 IP

    BA Grade/Risk: 50/High

    Track Record: An arm injury shut down Vasil as a Boston high school senior in 2018, so he withdrew from the draft and headed to Virginia. He never really launched in three collegiate seasons but attracted the Mets' interest in the eighth round in 2021. Vasil logged just 71 innings in 2022 as he dealt with bone spurs in his elbow, though he returned for the Arizona Fall League and looked sharp in 15.1 innings.

    Scouting Report: Vasil throws four pitches for strikes and used them to stymie Class A hitters in 2022, drawing whiff rates of 25% or better with all four. No individual pitch type grades as plus, but he mixes and matches to good effect. Vasil sits 94 mph and topped out at 98, using his four-seamer up in the zone and his secondary pitches down. His low-80s curveball is his best pitch and features 12-to-6 bite and good depth. His slider has average potential and is thrown in the high 80s with more break and up to 92 mph as more of a cutter. He made strides commanding his mid-80s changeup that flashes average. Vasil is a fierce competitor who relies on control more than true command, leading some scouts to project him to high-leverage relief.

    The Future: The Mets are excited that prospects like Vasil and others will give them upper-levels pitching depth in 2023 that had been lacking in recent seasons. Ultimately he probably fits as a No. 5 starter or quality reliever.

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

  13. 13. Jesus Baez | SS
    Jesus Baez
    Born: Feb 26, 2005
    Bats: R Throws: R
    Ht.: 5'10" Wt.: 180

    BA Grade/Risk: 50/Extreme

    Track Record: Baez's plus raw power enticed the Mets to sign the 17-year-old for $275,000 out of the Dominican Republic in 2022. He made a memorable pro debut in the Dominican Summer League, hitting five home runs and slugging .648 in his first 14 games. While Baez's pace slowed after that, he finished with seven homers, a total topped by just five 17-or-younger hitters in the 49-team DSL. The Mets rewarded him with the organization's DSL player of the year award.

    Scouting Report: Baez has plus-plus bat speed and hits the ball very hard for his age. His average exit velocity in the DSL bordered on 88 mph and his 90th percentile reading of 104 mph puts him in good company. Baez's swing has some adjustability and he draws his share of walks, but his 27% chase rate will need to improve against more advanced pitchers. His 5-foot-10 frame is filled out but not totally mature. In the field, Baez has a plus-plus arm that gives him greater margin for error and allows him to play deep at shortstop. His range, hands and actions may be light for the position, especially as he physically matures, and he faces a likely move to third base. He is an average runner who figures to slow a tick or two.

    The Future: Baez plays with swagger and has a chance to back it up with impact power. A big spring could propel him to Low-A at some point early in 2023.

    Scouting Grades: Hit: 40. Power: 55. Speed: 45. Fielding: 40. Arm: 70.

  14. 14. 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.
    Minors: 3-2 | 5.86 ERA | 51 SO | 25 BB | 56 IP

    BA Grade/Risk: 50/Extreme

    Track Record: Diaz's velocity jumped in the period leading up to the opening of the international signing period in January 2021. He signed with the Mets and quickly asserted his prospect status in the Dominican Summer League by allowing three earned runs in 50.1 innings while striking out 63. Diaz recorded an 0.54 ERA that was the lowest for a qualified 17-year-old DSL pitcher since at least 2006. The Mets assigned Diaz to Low-A St.Lucie in late May 2022 and he took his lumps in the Florida State League as the only 18-year-old starting pitcher to toss 50 innings.

    Scouting Report: Diaz is an athletic 6-foot-2 righthander who pitches at 93 mph and tops out at 97. He throws strikes at a high rate with his fastball and generates a good rate of swing-and-miss due to a low vertical approach angle and riding life. His secondary pitches proved to be less advanced in a full-season setting. Low-A hitters were less tempted to swing at Diaz's 75-77 mph curveball, though he added power to the pitch as the season progressed. It is his favorite pitch and could become average or better. His changeup is a third pitch that requires better command and more conviction to reach average. The automated ball-strike system in the FSL did Diaz no favors in terms of getting borderline calls.

    The Future: Diaz finished on a strong note in the FSL, recording a 3.33 ERA and allowing a .212 opponent average in his final six starts, and still has upside he can reach as his secondary pitches develop. He has starter upside but a long way to go to reach it.

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

  15. 15. 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/Risk: 50/Extreme

    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 has 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 had a third elbow surgery in January--this time UCL revision surgery--that will sideline him for the 2023 season.

    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. Having a Tommy John surgery revision, as Allan had in 2023, is rare but is becoming more common.

    The Future: Allan has experienced the ups and downs of pro ball, but what he hasn't experienced is a full season. That will have to wait until at least 2024. A study conducted by Orthopaedic Journal of Sports Medicine found that 77% of UCL revision surgery patients studied returned to play, with roughly half returning to previous form.

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

  16. 16. 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.
    Minors: 0-0 | 4.15 ERA | 13 SO | 2 BB | 9 IP

    BA Grade/Risk: 50/Extreme

    Track Record: Ventura signed as a 17-year-old out of the Dominican Republic in 2018 and began to vault up the Mets' organizational depth chart with a strong showing at the alternate training site in 2020. He continued to look good at spring training in 2021 but had Tommy John surgery and missed all of that season plus the first half of 2022. Ventura got on the mound for Low-A St. Lucie on June 12 and made three brief starts before he injured his pectoral muscle and missed the rest of the season.

    Scouting Report: Ventura has a sleeper vibe and could break out and assert himself as part of the organization's future in 2023. He is an athletic, 6-foot righthander who is lauded for his competitiveness and for how he attacked his rehab. Ventura's velocity returned intact from Tommy John surgery--he ranged from 92-97 mph and sat about 94--and he showed encouraging feel for his secondary pitches. He focused on throwing his mid-80s changeup in his 2022 return, executing it with arm speed and late diving action frequently enough to project as at least above-average. He gets swings and misses with his power 79-80 mph curveball, though command of the pitch proved fleeting in 2022. Ventura throws enough strikes to stay in the rotation.

    The Future: With the potential for three average-or-better major league pitches, a strong work ethic and an athletic build, Ventura looks like a future No. 4 or 5 starter.

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

  17. 17. Layonel Ovalles | RHP
    Layonel Ovalles
    Born: Jun 16, 2003
    Bats: R Throws: R
    Ht.: 6'3" Wt.: 175
    Minors: 1-3 | 4.05 ERA | 66 SO | 17 BB | 47 IP

    BA Grade/Risk: 50/Extreme

    Track Record: The Mets signed Ovalles out of the Dominican Republic when he was 16 in 2019. Because of the pandemic, nearly two years passed before he made his pro debut in the Dominican Summer League in 2021. Ovalles opened the 2022 season as a reliever in the Florida Complex League but quickly opened eyes--striking out 16 of 17 batters at one point--to become a priority prospect. In August he moved to Low-A St. Lucie, where three of his five Florida State League appearances were starts.

    Scouting Report: Ovalles opened the season pitching at 89-90 mph, but his velocity climbed steadily over the summer. By the end he was sitting 94 mph and had touched 97. Ovalles unleashes three pitches from a physically mature 6-foot-3 frame and a high three-quarters arm slot. He pours in four-seam fastball strikes at an above-average rate and gets his share of swing-and-miss thanks to the cutting action on the pitch. Ovalles' 81-84 mph slider is his best whiff pitch with about a foot of sweep and late drop. He developed greater feel for his low-80s changeup the more he threw it. The 10 mph separation alone makes the pitch stand out.

    The Future: Ovalles has a promising pitch mix and control. If he can hold his velocity deep into starts and succeed against more advanced competition, he has breakout potential.

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

  18. 18. 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: 7-6 | 3.56 ERA | 138 SO | 44 BB | 129 IP

    BA Grade/Risk: 40/Medium

    Track Record: Butto signed at age 19 in 2017 and surged forward during the canceled 2020 season. He was one of the most impressive pitching prospects at the Mets' alternate training site. Butto reached Double-A in 2021 and then Triple-A in 2022 before making his big league debut with an Aug. 21 spot start. He led the Mets' system with 129 innings and ranked among the leaders with 138 strikeouts, a 17.5 K-BB% and a 3.56 ERA.

    Scouting Report: Butto has worked almost exclusively as a starter in the minors, but his repertoire would probably be best suited to the bullpen in the big leagues. His four-seam fastball tops out at 96 mph and sits closer to 93. The pitch rides to the top of the strike zone and has good shape. Butto throws an outstanding changeup with armside fade and 10 mph or more of separation off his fastball. The pitch enhances his effectiveness against lefthanded hitters. Butto doesn't have the same type of differentiating weapon against righthanded hitters. His high-70s curveball and low-80s slider lack the type of power and late bite associated with dominant breaking pitches. He is a flyball pitcher susceptible to the longball when he misses his spots.

    The Future: Based on the strength of his two primary pitches and solid-average control, Butto has a chance to fill a swingman role for a contending team.

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

  19. 19. Luis Rodriguez | LHP
    Luis Rodriguez
    Born: Dec 3, 2002
    Bats: L Throws: L
    Ht.: 6'3" Wt.: 190
    Signed By: Kelvin Dominguez.

    BA Grade/Risk: 50/Extreme

    Track Record: Rodriguez burst on the scene in 2021 when he pitched his way to Low-A St. Lucie as an 18-year-old after dominating Florida Complex League competition. He had signed for little fanfare in 2019 and had his debut delayed by the pandemic in 2020. Rodriguez didn't get a chance for an encore in 2022 because he had Tommy John surgery in March and missed the entire season.

    Scouting Report: As Rodriguez has filled out his 6-foot-3 frame, he has added velocity and was pitching in the mid 90s from a low three-quarters arm slot when healthy in 2021. He topped out at 97 mph. Rodriguez's low-80s slider has peaked at 86 mph and has wipeout potential thanks to impressive horizontal break to his glove side. He was throwing a changeup in side sessions in 2021 and had encouraging arm speed, but he lacks feel for the pitch overall and didn't throw it much in games. The tall lefthander stood out for his athletic ability and physicality.

    The Future: Barring a setback, Rodriguez was on target to return to action around midseason. Given his raw stuff and throwing hand, he has major league potential and plenty of time to realize it.

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

  20. 20. 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: 8-13 | 4.47 ERA | 105 SO | 44 BB | 117 IP

    BA Grade/Risk: 45/High

    Track Record: The Mets don't typically splurge on international amateur pictures, but they made an exception for the 6-foot-7 Santos, signing him for $275,000 out of the Dominican Republic when he was 16 in 2018. He eased into a pro workload in his initial pro seasons and missed the alternate training site in 2020 with a broken foot, but in the past two seasons only Jose Butto has thrown more innings in the Mets' system. Santos spent 2022 in the High-A Brooklyn rotation, where his fielding-independent numbers look much better than his 4.47 ERA.

    Scouting Report: Santos uses his height to his advantage to drive his 93-95 mph sinker--up to 98--down in the strike zone with tailing life to his arm side. Just two minor league pitchers with at least 100 innings had a higher groundball rate than Santos' 59% mark. Just three allowed fewer home runs per nine innings. He throws a mid-80s slider that flashes plus and accounts for a majority of his swings and misses. He has less conviction in a high-80s straight changeup that has some sinking life. Santos has a loose arm but below-average athleticism and control.

    The Future: If Santos moves to the bullpen, it's possible his velocity could spike to triple digits. Many see relief as his future role as he approaches the big leagues.

    Scouting Grades: Fastball: 65. Slider: 55. Changeup: 40. Control: 45.

  21. 21. Nick Morabito | OF
    Nick Morabito
    Born: May 7, 2003
    Bats: R Throws: R
    Ht.: 5'10" Wt.: 185
    Minors: .091/.167/.136 | 0 HR | 1 SB | 22 AB

    BA Grade/Risk: 50/Extreme

    Track Record: Morabito did not play at the major high school showcases as a rising senior but popped onto radars in 2022 with a big spring at Gonzaga High in downtown Washington, D.C. Mets area scout Joe Raccuia pegged Morabito as a second-round talent early in the spring, and New York ultimately drafted him 75th overall, using the compensatory pick after the second round it gained when Noah Syndergaard signed with the Angels. The Mets signed Morabito for an over-slot $1 million to steer him away from a Virginia Tech commitment. He looked overmatched--going 2-for-22 with 14 strikeouts--in his pro debut in the Florida Complex League.

    Scouting Report: Morabito has a short, compact build and explosive raw power and speed, but his pro debut demonstrates that work is required to realize his potential. Morabito has premium bat speed and is quick to the ball with short levers, but he simply swings and misses in the zone too much. His swing tends to be a bit one-piece and rotational, so the Mets will work to correct his lower-half hitting mechanics. If the development takes, then he could hit about .250 with above-average power output. Morabito's best tool is his speed, with double-plus being the most common grade. He played shortstop in high school and second base at the draft combine, but the Mets are developing him as a center fielder. His high-end speed gives him upside in the outfield, while his quick first step makes him a basestealing threat. His arm is below-average.

    The Future: Morabito's promising power-speed combination gives him upside to unlock if he can adjust his swing. His development will take time.

    Scouting Grades: Hit: 45. Power: 55. Speed: 70. Fielding: 55. Arm: 40.

  22. 22. Dangelo Sarmiento | SS
    Dangelo Sarmiento
    Born: Jan 4, 2005
    Bats: R Throws: R
    Ht.: 6'2" Wt.: 160

    BA Grade/Risk: 50/Extreme

    Track Record: The Mets made Sarmiento one of their bigger-ticket international amateur acquisitions in 2022, signing him for $700,000 out of Venezuela about a week after he turned 17. He made a successful pro debut in the Dominican Summer League in which he hit .295, got on base and used his speed to rack up nine stolen bases.

    Scouting Report: Sarmiento has a lean, 6-foot-2 frame that is twitchy but underdeveloped at this stage. He has a contact-oriented righthanded swing and a good eye for the strike zone. His power is almost nonexistent but should improve as he adds strength to his frame. Sarmiento's well above-average speed, overall athleticism and strong defensive ability at shortstop are his headlining attributes. He is energetic in the field, with sure hands, a quick first step and a plus arm capable of throwing out runners from the shortstop hole.

    The Future: As a glove-first shortstop with bat-to-ball skill and command of the strike zone, Sarmiento has a strong foundation to build on. If his hitting ability can come up to par with his glove, he has intriguing upside.

    Scouting Grades: Hit: 50. Power: 40. Speed: 70. Fielding: 60. Arm: 60.

  23. 23. Jacob Reimer | 3B
    Jacob Reimer
    Born: Feb 22, 2004
    Bats: R Throws: R
    Ht.: 6'2" Wt.: 205
    Minors: .261/.414/.478 | 1 HR | 0 SB | 23 AB

    BA Grade/Risk: 45/High

    Track Record: Reimer hails from rural California power Yucaipa High and starred on the showcase circuit as a rising senior. He caught the attention of decision-makers with his hitting ability and swing decisions at the 2022 National High School Invitational. Still, questions about his maxed-out physique and performance against velocity pushed Reimer to the fourth round, where the Mets drafted him and went over-slot to sign him for $775,000. He got into seven Florida Complex League games and showed bat-to-ball skill, discipline and encouraging power.

    Scouting Report: The Mets stayed on Reimer all spring, even as many other teams lost interest, and came away convinced that improvements he made were real. Reimer has a physical 6-foot-2 frame, large hands and present strength. He puts on a show in batting practice and did not look fazed in his brief pro debut. Area scouts dinged him for a stiff, uphill swing that goes in and out of the hitting zone quickly, but he counteracts that with a discerning eye and raw power that grades at least plus. A shortstop in high school, Reimer will develop as a third baseman and to stick there will have to improve his range, mobility and ability to throw on the run. He is a below-average runner who is not a factor on the bases.

    The Future: It all comes down to the bat for Reimer. He faces the potential for further moves down the defensive spectrum but has a chance to stand out in the batter's box.

    Scouting Grades: Hit: 45. Power: 55. Speed: 40. Fielding: 45. Arm: 50.

  24. 24. Luis Moreno | RHP
    Luis Moreno
    Born: May 29, 1999
    Bats: R Throws: R
    Ht.: 6'2" Wt.: 170
    Minors: 8-7 | 2.84 ERA | 107 SO | 43 BB | 118 IP

    BA Grade/Risk: 45/High

    Track Record: The Mets signed Moreno out of the Dominican Republic when he was 20 in 2019. He got in one season in the Dominican Summer League before the pandemic wiped out the 2020 minor league season. When play resumed in 2021, Moreno made the jump to Low-A St. Lucie. He started 2022 back in the Florida State League but quickly pitched his way to High-A Brooklyn in early June.

    Scouting Report: Moreno has added velocity to a two-seam fastball that now sits 92-94 mph and touches 96. He gets fair sink and good armside run on his two-seamer he used to generate a 57% groundball rate that ranked fifth in the minors among pitchers with at least 100 innings in 2022. Moreno has always had feel to spin the baseball and throws a slurvy 79-81 mph slider as his money pitch. The pitch has sweeping 10-to-4 action and average depth. He throws a curveball that often blends with his slider. Moreno wears out righthanded hitters with his above-average breaking stuff, which he throws for strikes frequently. He throws a fringy changeup to lefthanded hitters that is not a featured pitch.

    The Future: Moreno's control took a big step forward in 2022, giving him a chance to continue starting. He has No. 5 starter or swingman upside.

    Scouting Grades: Fastball: 50. Curveball: 45. Slider: 55. Changeup: 45. Control: 45.

  25. 25. Javier Atencio | LHP
    Javier Atencio
    Born: Nov 26, 2001
    Bats: L Throws: L
    Ht.: 6'0" Wt.: 160
    Signed By: Andres Nunez.
    Minors: 2-0 | 2.06 ERA | 56 SO | 25 BB | 44 IP

    BA Grade/Risk: 45/High

    Track Record: Atencio's development has been a slow burn since he signed out of Venezuela at age 16 in 2018. He spent 2019 and 2021 in the Dominican Summer League, sandwiched around the lost 2020. Atencio flashed promise in his second DSL summer, ranking second with 76 strikeouts. He made his U.S. debut in 2022 when he joined Low-A St. Lucie on May 24, but his season was limited to 43.2 innings by a bout with Covid.

    Scouting Report: Atencio is an athletic lefthander with solid velocity, feel for spin and a developing changeup. He pitches in the low 90s and tops at 95 mph with his four-seam fastball, using it to set up effective secondary weapons. His high-70s slider has slurvy shape and is his most reliable bat-missing pitch. Atencio used his changeup more often in 2022 and gained more confidence in the pitch.

    The Future: Evaluating Atencio was a difficult task because of all the missed time. Most see him as a future reliever or No. 5 starter if everything breaks right.

    Scouting Grades: Fastball: 55. Slider: 50. Changeup: 40. Control: 40.

  26. 26. Christian Scott | RHP
    Christian Scott
    Born: Jun 15, 1999
    Bats: R Throws: R
    Ht.: 6'4" Wt.: 215
    Minors: 3-3 | 4.45 ERA | 77 SO | 22 BB | 59 IP

    BA Grade/Risk: 45/High

    Track Record: Scott pitched mostly in relief in three years at Florida. He went undrafted as an eligible sophomore in the five-round 2020 draft but made the cut in 2021, when the Mets drafted him in the fifth round. Scott pitched at two levels of Class A in his 2022 full-season debut, working as a starter and bulk pitcher while averaging nearly 15 batters per appearance with a high of 23 in one start.

    Scouting Report: Scott is a 6-foot-4 righthander who stands out for his fastball/slider combo, good extension toward home plate and a lot of confidence on the mound. His fastball sits 92-94 mph and tops at 97 with running life to his arm side. Scott's slider is above-average with a chance to get to plus. He throws a changeup that he can use as a chase pitch against lefthanded hitters but it's below-average. Scott throws a lot of strikes with his fastball and slider but lacks the type of feel typically associated with major league starts.

    The Future: Scott has the goods to become a quality big league reliever with a fastball/slider mix that could get to plus. If he moves to the bullpen, he could pop on the MLB radar by 2024.

    Scouting Grades: Fastball: 55. Slider: 55. Changeup: 40. Control: 45.

  27. 27. William Lugo | 3B
    William Lugo
    Born: Jan 2, 2002
    Bats: R Throws: R
    Ht.: 6'3" Wt.: 215
    Signed By: Fernando Encarnacion/Gerardo Cabrera.
    Minors: .263/.347/.432 | 14 HR | 0 SB | 419 AB

    BA Grade/Risk: 45/High

    Track Record: When the 2018 international signing period opened in July, the Mets prioritized Francisco Alvarez--now the system's top prospect--and Freddy Valdez. They had bonus pool money left over to sign Lugo for $475,000 on Aug. 23 in what turned out to be former international director Chris Becerra's last major signing before leaving for the Red Sox when Brodie Van Wagenen took over as general manager. Sandwiched around the lost 2020, Lugo stumbled through the Rookie complex levels in 2019 and 2021 before emerging in 2022 with a solid hitting performance as a 20-year-old at two Class A levels.

    Scouting Report: Lugo is a bat-first prospect who is powerfully built at 6-foot-3, 230 pounds. What he lacks in future projection, he makes up for with impressive raw power and frequent quality contact. Lugo needs to do a better job staying in his strike zone after chasing too much in 2022, and he could unlock further power with experience by hunting pitches he can drive in the air. Lugo signed as a shortstop and has become more of a third baseman, where his above-average arm plays. He's a below-average athlete and a well below-average runner who will have to work to stay at the hot corner.

    The Future: With a maxed-out physique and questions surrounding his ultimate position, Lugo is not the type of prospect who is valued highly in the industry. But he has interesting power attributes with some hitting upside still to reach.

    Scouting Grades: Hit: 45. Power: 45. Speed: 30. Fielding: 40. Arm: 55.

  28. 28. Daiverson Gutierrez | C
    Daiverson Gutierrez
    Born: Sep 11, 2005
    Bats: R Throws: R
    Ht.: 6'2" Wt.: 206

    BA Grade/Risk: 50/Extreme

    Track Record: The Mets have had success scouting Venezuela in the past decade. Andres Gimenez was the key to the Francisco Lindor trade and has blossomed into an all-star for the Guardians. Francisco Alvarez is the Mets' top prospect after making his MLB debut as a 20-year-old last season. Like Alvarez, Gutierrez is an offensive-minded catcher whom the Mets signed out of Venezuela in January.

    Scouting Report: Gutierrez shows advanced hitting ability and power for a 17-year-old. His hand-eye coordination affords him strong contact skills. He controls the zone well for his age but is generally geared to swing the bat and think damage. Some scouts think he could get to above-average power. Gutierrez shows off an above-average arm behind the plate but must clean up his blocking and receiving.

    The Future: Gutierrez has the tools necessary to profile as a starting catcher but a long way to go to get there. His pro journey will begin this summer, probably with an assignment to the Dominican Summer League.

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

  29. 29. Cristopher Larez | SS
    Cristopher Larez
    Born: Jan 10, 2006
    Bats: R Throws: R
    Ht.: 6'0" Wt.: 190

    BA Grade/Risk: 50/Extreme

    Track Record: The Mets signed Larez in January, drawn to his 'now' hitting and power ability as one of the more advanced shortstops from Venezuela this year.

    Scouting Report: Larez has balanced ability across the board. He is a mature hitter who makes frequent contact, with the strength to do damage when he connects. His present gap power could manifest as average home run production at maturity. Larez is an above-average runner and thrower, but many scouts envision his thicker frame fitting better at second or third base.

    The Future: Larez will develop as a shortstop whose ultimate upside may be as an average MLB second baseman. Just 17 years old, he will require at least five seasons of minor league time. The first step will be an assignment to the Dominican Summer League in June.

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

  30. 30. Zach Greene | RHP
    Zach Greene
    Born: Aug 29, 1996
    Bats: R Throws: R
    Ht.: 6'1" Wt.: 215
    Minors: 9-0 | 3.42 ERA | 96 SO | 32 BB | 69 IP

    BA Grade/Risk: 40/Medium

    Track Record: The Yankees drafted Greene out of South Alabama in the eighth round in 2019 after he spent his junior and senior seasons there. He spent the entirety of his fourth pro season in 2022 at Triple-A, working as a reliever and opener. Greene was squeezed out of the Yankees' crowded 40-man roster picture and left exposed to the major league Rule 5 draft. The Mets selected him and must keep him on their active 26-man roster all season to retain his rights.

    Scouting Report: Greene throws four pitches but leans on his four-seam fastball and slider. His low-90s four-seamer has riding life and heavy cut from a low angle of release. He pairs his unique four-seam shape with a sweeping slider at 78-80 mph. The majority of his whiffs come from those two pitches. Greene will mix in a changeup and cutter as well, but his success is heavily driven from his ability to generate whiffs against his cut four-seam fastball. He misses bats but his control wavers, so he is not a candidate for late-inning, high-leverage work.

    The Future: Greene could be a serviceable low-leverage reliever for the Mets in 2023. If he doesn't make the Opening Day roster, he will be waived and offered back to the Yankees for $50,000 if not claimed.

    Scouting Grades: Fastball: 55. Slider: 50. Changeup: 40. Control: 40.

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