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Track Record: The switch-hitting Mauricio wore down while showcasing for teams, but the Mets stuck with him and signed him for $2.1 million in 2017, when he ranked as the No. 3 prospect in his international signing class. He made his pro debut in the Rookie-level Gulf Coast League in 2018 and shined as the circuit's No. 2 prospect. He hit .322/.333/.510 before fading in August and then received a cameo in the Appalachian League. Scouting Report: Mauricio is uncommonly developed--physically and at the plate--for a player who played all season at 17. He grew two inches to 6-foot-4 after signing and filled out his once-skinny frame to profile as a future impact hitter. Mauricio has all the attributes to develop a plus bat with plus power. Both his hand speed and bat speed stand out on the Mets' internal metrics, and his timing and barrel frequency are impressive. Long limbs could make him susceptible to hard stuff up and in, and his aggressive approach could cut into his on-base ability. Mauricio has below-average speed out of the batter's box but he accelerates underway with long, gliding strides. His plus athleticism and 70-grade arm suit him at shortstop, where he compensates for average range with smooth actions and quick reads. The Future: Mauricio could jump to low Class A Columbia in 2019, along with the other high-end prospects from a loaded Rookie-level Kingsport team. His ability on both sides of the ball should make him a first-division regular, if not at shortstop then at third base.
Track Record: When international scouting director Chris Becerra left the Mets to join the Red Sox after the 2018 season, he left the organization stocked with high-upside shortstops. Gimenez succeeded Amed Rosario as the system's No. 1 prospect, and Ronny Mauricio has a chance to succeed Gimenez in a year or two. Gimenez ranked as the No. 2 prospect in the 2015 international signing class and three years later had reached Double-A Binghamton as a teenager. He accelerated his timetable in 2018 by taming the pitcher-friendly high Class A Florida State League and moving to the Eastern League in late July. All told, Gimenez set career highs with six home runs, 29 doubles and 38 stolen bases. Scouts regarded him as one of the top talents in both the Florida State and Eastern leagues, and at the Futures Game he struck a 106.5 mph ground ball--albeit for a double play--that was hit harder than all but five other fair balls at the exhibition. Scouting Report: Gimenez is proof positive that looks can be deceiving. His lean physique, baby face and smaller stature belie a quick-twitch athlete with well-rounded skills, a high baseball IQ and leadership qualities. Elite contact ability and a quick, loose lefthanded swing give him above-average--and possibly plus--hitting potential. A discerning batting eye will keep his walk rate and on-base percentage high. While Gimenez shows merely gap power now, he generates impressive torque with his hips, and as his body matures he will hit for average home run totals. He is an average runner who reads pitchers well and uses his knowledge of game situations to steal bases. Scouts project Gimenez as a plus defender at shortstop with a plus, accurate arm. A quick first step, sure hands and quick exchange from glove to hand make him a reliable defender. Intense focus and a strong work ethic tie the whole package together on both sides of the ball. The Future: Gimenez has the ceiling of first-division shortstop, but the presence of Rosario in New York might push him to second base, a position he played sporadically until starting there the majority of the time in the 2018 Arizona Fall League. Gimenez should reach Triple-A Syracuse in 2019 and could receive a late-season callup with an eye toward regular big league work in 2020.
One of the best pure hitters in the draft class, Baty brings 70-grade raw power to the table with impressive strength and plus bat speed. He also has an advanced approach at the plate and a feel for putting the barrel on the ball. In every batting practice Baty takes, his power stands out. The ease with which he’s able to send the ball out of the park, both to the pull side and to the opposite field, rivals nearly any player in the 2019 draft. A big, 6-foot-3, 218-pound third baseman, Baty has improved his body composition over the past few years, turning some of his baby fat into muscle, which has helped improve his game both offensively and defensively. Originally, most scouts believed that Baty was destined for a transition to first base in pro ball because of his below-average footwork, suspect hands and a plus throwing arm that had strength but was erratic with a slow exchange. He’s improved across the board defensively this spring, now giving himself a chance to stick at third base, but winding up at first base may still be the most likely outcome. He’s hit anything and everything thrown at him in a competitive area of Texas, but the biggest knock on Baty’s profile is his age. He’ll be just six months away from his 20th birthday at the time of the draft, and he is one of the oldest high school players in the class. Many teams operate with draft models that significantly penalize hitters for that, although at some point it’s hard to ignore Baty’s potential as a middle-of-the-order hitter—no matter his age or position. Baty is committed to Texas, but he is unlikely to make it to campus and could be drafted early on Day 1 of the draft.
Track Record: Alvarez's family owned a construction business in Venezuela, and Francisco took part in the family trade by handling 90-pound bags of concrete at age 10. That work ethic and raw strength serve him as a catcher, a position he took up at a young age. Alvarez's tools marked him as the No. 9 prospect in the 2018 international signing class, and the Mets signed him on July 2 when he was 16. Scouting Report: Alvarez has such large hands, wide forearms and intense grip strength that teammates have taken to nicknaming him "The Thing"from the Fantastic Four comic books. He is an intense competitor with the quick-twitch actions and toughness to become an everyday catcher. Alvarez hits for power in games with a short, explosive stroke, and he can drive the ball straightaway and to right field with above-average power. He has the barrel control, bath path and plate discipline to hit for a solid average. Alvarez's defensive ability and arm grade as above-average, though he needs to improve his lateral agility. He runs deceptively well despite his position and stocky frame. The Future: Alvarez faces a long trek to the big leagues, but he could be worth the wait. With a chance for an above-average bat and above-average defense to go with a grinding, win-at-all-costs mentality, he has first-division potential behind the plate.
Allan has been one of the most consistent prep pitchers in the 2019 class this spring. In fact, his consistency and continued improvement has helped vault the righthander into his current status as the top prep arm available in this year’s draft. Over the summer, Allan showed one of the better pure fastballs among prep pitchers, regularly sitting in the mid-90s. He paired his fastball with a true, 12-to-6 curveball, and both pitches could project as 70-grade offerings down the line. He’s shown the same quality of stuff this spring, but he’s improved his strike-throwing ability with both pitches while also cleaning up his strong, 6-foot-3, 210-pound frame. Allan has always had the look of a durable, innings-eating starter, but scouts had previously questioned how well he’d be able to maintain his physique. After his performances this spring, those concerns have quieted. Allan throws out of a slow windup and a three-quarter arm slot—a clean delivery and arm action that most teams are on board with. While Allan’s fastball/curveball combination is the bread and butter of his arsenal—and what will make him a first-round pick this June—he’s also shown a firm, upper-80s changeup that could become an average third offering. Like many amatuer pitchers, he doesn’t throw his changeup often, but scouts have seen it enough to think it could be a weapon for him as he furthers his development. Allan is committed to Florida, but he should be one of the first pitchers selected in this year’s draft.
Track Record: The youngest player in the 2017 draft, Vientos has spent two seasons in Rookie ball, but the time has not been spent idly. The high school shortstop shifted to third base in 2018 at Rookie-level Kingsport, while physical maturation has helped him develop his offensive game. Vientos ranked fourth in the Appalachian League with 11 home runs and third with 52 RBIs while drawing 37 walks against 43 strikeouts. Scouting Report: Vientos hits the ball hard consistently thanks to hand speed and bat speed that rank among the best in the system. His projectable frame should equate to further strength gains and power production. Vientos started slowly in the Appy League, hitting .230 through his first 25 games, which underscores how his timing at the plate can be disrupted. Because of this he might not be more than a fringe hitter, but his disciplined approach will prop up his on-base percentage. As any fielder new to third base, Vientos needs reps at third base to learn the footwork and associated angles at the hot corner, but his plus arm fits the prototype. The Future: Power production will be key to Vientos' future, and in that regard his early career has been a success. He profiles as a second-division regular or better as he embarks on full-season ball at low Class A Columbia in 2019.
Track Record: Peterson shined as an Oregon junior in 2017 and went to the Mets 20th overall. His pro workload has been interrupted by an ingrown toenail in his debut and then a tweaked knee at the outset of 2018. He struck out 8.1 per nine innings at two Class A levels in his full-season debut, but more notable was his contact management. He allowed just two home runs in 22 starts to go with a groundball rate of nearly 65 percent that ranked third in the minors among minor league starters with at least 100 innings. Scouting Report: Peterson is a physical, 6-foot-6 lefthander with ample starter traits if not necessarily a huge ceiling. His fastball sits 89-91 mph and tops out 93 but looks a few ticks faster to batters because his elite extension boosts his effective velocity. His fastball runs to his arm side. Peterson's best pitch is a slurvy, swing-and-miss slider at 78-81 mph that he commands as a chase pitch against lefthanders, a back-foot equalizer against righthanders and as a get-me-over pitch for called strikes. The unique angles he creates from his height and three-quarters arm slot help him leverage the ball down in the strike zone and limit hard contact. Peterson shows some feel for a fringy changeup that he will need to refine to work away from the barrels of righthanders. The Future: Peterson has the best control and best slider in the system, with both grading as plus for some scouts. He and will rely on those attributes to prop up the rest of an arsenal befitting of a No. 4 starter.
Track Record: Smith floated between starting and relieving in three years at Georgia, but the Mets see enough starter traits to envision the lefthander in that role in pro ball--at least initially. He cruised through the short-season New York-Penn League in his debut, recording an 0.76 ERA in 23.2 innings while striking out 28, walking six and allowing just 12 hits. Scouting Report: Smith doesn’t pitch with big stuff, but he knows how to get the most out of his three pitches and low arm slot. His 6-foot-5 stature, long arm action and plus extension in his delivery afford him deception that helps his stuff play up. Smith pitches at 88-92 mph with a high-spin fastball that runs in on the hands of lefthanded batters, while his big-breaking slider features late break as it sweeps across the strike zone. Same-side hitters managed to go just 2-for-24 (.083) against Smith in his pro debut. He also throws a fringy changeup on occasion. The Future: Given his low arm slot, slider-oriented approach and early indicators against lefthanded batters, Smith might ultimately fit best as a matchup reliever. He has a chance to move quickly in that role.
Track Record: Szapucki struck out nearly 15 batters per nine innings in a pair of short-season assignments in 2016, but a pair of injuries compromised his 2017 encore. First he dealt with a shoulder impingement at low Class A Columbia that forced him out of action in April in May, then he had Tommy John surgery in July that knocked him out for the entire 2018 season. Scouting Report: Szapucki threw two electrifying pitches when healthy and had obvious major league impact potential. His stabbing arm action has been described by scouts as being more typical of a reliever, but he repeats his low three-quarters arm slot and generates power and high spin on his fastball and breaking ball. Szapucki sits 93 mph and bumps 96 with electric life out of his lower arm slot. His high-spin curveball reaches home plate at 76-80 mph with sweeping, two-plane break. Below-average feel for his changeup and below-average control headline his to-do list. The Future: Health permitting, Szapucki is a near lock to pitch in the big leagues. On the high end of his forecast, he could be a potential No. 3 starter or high-leverage reliever. But first he must navigate a complete minor league season, which he will attempt to do in 2019.
Track Record: Born in the Netherlands, Newton trained in Curacao at the same facility as Jonathan Schoop and Jurickson Profar. The Mets signed him for just $50,000 as part of the same 2015 signing class that also included system No. 1 prospect Andres Gimenez. Newton didn't make his U.S. debut until 2018, when he thrived at Rookie-level Kingsport. He led the Appalachian League with 16 doubles and ranked second with 46 walks and 50 runs. Scouting Report: Newton is a tall, athletic middle infielder with wicked bat speed and room to fill out and add power. He's a switch-hitter who can drive the ball deep to his pull side while batting lefthanded with quick hands he uses to keep his bat on plane through the hitting zone. Some scouts see potential 70-grade power down the line as his 6-foot-4 frame matures. Newton works deep counts and collects lots of walks and strikeouts, which will depress his average but boost his on-base percentage. He is a below-average runner who some scouts project to third base or possibly even an outfield corner. The Mets think Newton has the range, hands and plus arm to stay on the dirt, possibly at second base. The Future: Newton speaks multiple languages and translates for teammates, and that maturity will serve him as he advances to low Class A Columbia in 2019. His bat could be special if he keeps developing.
Track Record: Signed by the Phillies for just $40,000 a few months shy of his 18th birthday, Kilome developed into one of the system's best pitching prospects as he added weight to his tall, skinny frame and tweaked his mechanics. Philadelphia traded him to Mets at the 2018 trade deadline for Asdrubal Cabrera. Kilome turned in three quality starts in seven tries for Double-A Binghamton after the trade but had Tommy John surgery in October and will miss all of 2019. Scouting Report: Kilome's work ethic and track record for durability--he had never missed a start or bullpen session for the Phillies--attracted the Mets, so his injury was surprising. He embodies the pitcher type the Mets have sought to acquire in recent seasons. Kilome is a 6-foot-6, power-oriented righthander with a 93-95 mph fastball that peaks at 97 mph and plays up thanks to a high spin rate and plus extension in his delivery. His curveball is a power spinner in the mid-to-high 70s that plays as plus. Kilome rounds out his arsenal with a fringy slider and changeup. His entire four-pitch arsenal is undermined by fringe-average control and high walk rates. The Future: If he doesn't improve his fastball command, Kilome has the raw stuff to dominate out of the bullpen. He should assume a rotation role when he returns to the mound in 2020 and could be ready for Triple-A in short order.
After showing solid stuff but topping out in the low 90s for most of last summer, Wolf entered the spring solidly out of Day 1 consideration and behind a number of other Texas prep pitchers. That evaluation quickly changed, as Wolf came out this spring with added strength—he’s listed at 6-foot-2, 165 pounds but is likely heavier than that now—and started pitching consistently in the mid-90s and touched as high as 97 mph. In addition to his much-improved fastball velocity, Wolf spins a nasty curveball that looks like a big league breaking ball and is a surefire plus offering. The pitch settles in the mid- to upper 70s, while Wolf also throws a mid-80s changeup that could use some refinement. While there are still some command questions with Wolf, he has also improved in that regard. Those who know him are impressed with his dedication to his craft on the mound and his understanding of what he’s trying to accomplish when he’s on the rubber. Previously, Wolf would have been a safe bet to reach campus at Texas A&M, and he is expected to be a reasonably tough sign. But now, he’s pitching at a clip that might push him into Day 1 consideration and making a jump straight into pro ball more likely.
Track Record: The Mets don't typically invest heavily in 16-year-old international pitchers, but they made an exception for Santos, who they viewed as the steal of the 2017 international signing class when they inked him in September of that year for $275,000. He pitched effectively in the Dominican Summer League in 2018 as a 16-year-old in his pro debut. Scouting Report: Santos was 6-foot-6 when he signed but quickly grew another two inches. Despite his height, he shows the plus body control and athleticism to throw consistent strikes. He pitched at 93-95 mph for much of 2018 before wearing down late and pitching more at 91-93, albeit with plus extension and spin. He muscled up to 97 mph in side sessions and could sit in the mid-90s consistently when he matures. Santos needs to improve the power and break on his high-70s slider by keeping his fingers on top of the ball as he delivers it. The pitch features promising spin and movement. He also throws a promising mid-80s changeup with two-seam fastball action. The Future: Santos is driven to improve and has outstanding makeup, making him one of the most intriguing pitching prospects at the lower levels of the system.
Track Record: Tommy John surgery cost Humphreys nearly half of 2017 and all of 2018, but he is poised to resume his climb up the Mets' organizational depth chart in 2019. Prior to his August 2017 surgery, Humphreys had breezed through low Class A Columbia, going 10-1, 1.42 in 11 starts to reach high Class A St. Lucie. Scouting Report: Control was a major asset for Humphreys prior to his elbow injury. If he makes a full recovery, his strike-throwing ability could be a separator. He paints both sides of the plate with a low-90s fastball that bumps 94 mph, while showing precocious fastball command for a young pitcher. Humphreys has grown into his 6-foot-2 frame since turning pro out of the Florida high school ranks, and all his stuff has ticked up. His above-average, high-spin, high-70s curveball changes eye levels and allows him to work north with his fastball and south with his breaking ball. He still must develop feel for his changeup to round out his arsenal and profile as a No. 4 starter. The Future: Humphreys could move quickly if he regains the form he showed in 2017 and could reach Double-A by the end of 2019. That would be a boon to a Mets system thin in upper-level starting pitchers.
Track Record: Drawn to Dibrell's athleticism, projectable frame and quick arm, the Mets drafted him in the fourth round in 2017. He advanced to low Class A Columbia in 2018 and tied for the South Atlantic League with 147 strikeouts in 131 innings. Scouting Report: Dibrell pitches at 90-91 mph but has reached 95 on occasion, while the extension in his delivery increases his effective velocity. His above-average fastball is true, so he has to be precise, but scouts who like him project him to add a tick or two to his average fastball velocity. Dibrell throws a slider and changeup that flash above-average potential. His change is the better of the two, and he uses it to rack up swings and misses in both advantage and disadvantage counts. His slurvy breaking ball doesn't feature much power or spin but its big break catches hitters off balance. The Future: Dibrell has to throw more strikes to reach his ceiling of No. 5 starter or swingman, but he has the potential for three above-average pitches and thus has "overachiever"written all over him.
Track Record: Gilliam ascended to the role of closer as a Clemson junior in 2018 and led the Atlantic Coast Conference with 11 saves. The previous summer he pitched for USA Baseball’s Collegiate National Team, totaling nine strikeouts in 8.1 innings while not allowing an earned run. He struck out 16.1 per nine innings over 17 appearances in his pro debut at short-season Brooklyn. Scouting Report: Gilliam combines big stuff with a smaller, 5-foot-10 stature. His 12-to-6 curveball with tight rotation was one of the best breaking pitches in the 2018 draft. He commands his 78-82 mph curve for called strikes and as a chase pitch. Gilliam sits in the mid-90s and bumps 97 mph with a high spin rate that generates swings and misses up in the zone. He throws from a high arm slot and tends to work north and south. The biggest thing holding Gilliam back is control. He issued 13 walks in 17 pro innings after walking 5.2 per nine innings at Clemson. The Future: With two plus swing-and-miss pitches, Gilliam has a chance to advance rapidly in pro ball as a power reliever, especially if he can find a way to work ahead of batters more frequently.
Track Record: Mets scouts were convinced of Cortes' hitting potential despite his stocky, 5-foot-7 frame and no true defensive home. He signed for $1 million and received one of just three seven-figure bonuses in the third round of the 2018 draft. Cortes is fully ambidextrous. He throws lefthanded while playing outfield and righty at second base, the only position he played during his pro debut. Scouting Report: Cortes may be short, but he's no slap hitter. He has a powerful, disciplined hitting approach that enabled him to rank top 10 in the Southeastern Conference in home runs (15) and walks (43). Cortes has the above-average raw power for double-digit home runs and the low swing-and-miss rate to hit for a decent average. He plays a workmanlike second base but doesn't stand out for his range, and his fringe-average arm is short for the left side of the infield. He is a below-average runner. The Future: Cortes' body type has led scouts to speculate that he would fit at catcher. The Mets haven't worked him out behind the plate and for now are committed to developing him at second base.
Track Record: The Mets committed more than 80 percent of their nearly $5 million bonus pool to two players--Venezuelan catcher Francisco Alvarez and Dominican outfielder Freddy Valdez--on the first day of the 2018 international signing period. Then New York added an additional $1 million in pool money when they traded Jeurys Familia to the Athletics on July 21, granting the international scouting department the funds to sign Dominican third baseman William Lugo for $475,000 on Aug. 23. Scouting Report: Lugo puts an aggressive, confident swing on pitches in the zone and lays off borderline pitches, hitting lasers all over the field. His well-developed 6-foot-3 body gives him present plus power potential with a chance to add more. Despite a 215-pound frame that will only continue adding weight, Lugo is agile enough to stay on the infield, possibly at third base, where he has average upside as a defender. His below-average speed and body type could make first base a possibility in a few years. The Future: Lugo’s hitting aptitude gives him a shot to bypass the Dominican Summer League and earn a roster spot in a U.S. Rookie league.
Track Record: Valdez stood out in the 2018 international signing class for his physical 6-foot-3 stature and immense raw power. The Mets signed him for $1.4 million based on his prototype right field tools, but they know his development will take time. Scouting Report: Valdez has a mature body for a 16-year-old, but his thin ankles and better-than-expected agility could allow him to begin his pro career in center field. Scouts project him to right field ultimately, and Valdez packs enough thunder in his bat to profile there. His loose, whippy swing and bat speed allow him to impact the ball for 70-grade raw power. Valdez will need to learn the strike zone to access plus power in games, because like many young sluggers he tends to be overaggressive and too pull-oriented. His lack of hitting rhythm and swing-and-miss rate will translate to low batting averages. He is a below-average runner but solid fundamental outfielder with a plus arm. The Future: The Mets will take it slow with Valdez, who should make his pro debut in the Dominican Summer League in 2019. He will advance as far as his bat takes him.
Track Record: Drafted out of high school and then as an eligible Vanderbilt sophomore in 2016, Toffey didn't sign until after his junior year in 2017, when the Athletics drafted him in the fourth round. Oakland traded him to the Mets a year later, along with reliever Bobby Wahl and $1 million in international bonus pool money, for closer Jeurys Familia. Toffey was 23 during his 2018 full-season debut, so in light of his age, the Mets promoted him to Double-A Binghamton after acquiring him. Scouting Report: Toffey recorded a career-best .179 isolated slugging percentage at Double-A after the trade but faces questions about his power potential. The Mets hope offseason shoulder surgery will free up his swing to get to his solid-average raw power. Toffey has an outstanding batting approach that helped him run a 16 percent walk rate in 2018 and a .375 on-base percentage in pro ball. His ability to work counts and wait for his pitch should help him access his power. He makes consistent hard, line-drive contact that equates to an average hit tool with gap power. Toffey profiles at third base with above-average range and arm strength. The Future: Toffey's lefthanded bat sets him apart at third base, and if he can get to more power, he could develop into a second-division regular with strong on-base skills. He should reach Triple-A in 2019.
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