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

    Track Record: When the Mets signed Alvarez for a franchise international amateur record $2.7 million in 2018, they knew they were acquiring a player with a high upside. They just might not have expected him to realize so much of his upside so soon. Alvarez moved quickly to the Rookie-advanced Appalachian League in his 2019 pro debut and put up a .916 OPS as a 17-year-old catcher. His batting dominance manifested at the same age and in the same league as similar breakthroughs by Vladimir Guerrero Jr. in 2016 and Wander Franco in 2018. Alvarez made the most of his time at the Mets’ alternate training site in 2020 during the coronavirus shutdown, wowing scouts and emerging from it as the organization’s clear-cut No. 1 prospect. He retains that standing following a powerful full-season debut in 2021. In a year spent primarily at High-A Brooklyn, he hit .272/.388/.554 with 24 home runs in 99 games and led all qualified 19-year-olds in full-season ball with a .941 OPS. His peer group included standout 2020 first-round picks Jordan Walker, Nick Yorke, Zac Veen and Robert Hassell III. Alvarez shined at the Mets’ fall hitting camp after the season, where he helped mentor fellow young players, and participated in Dominican instructional league in November.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

    The Future: Allan took his Tommy John rehab slowly in 2021 and probably will not be ready before July 2022. With just 10 official pro innings under his belt, he’s going to need a long runway to build endurance and work toward his MLB debut. No Mets pitching prospect has a higher upside than Allan, who could fit the mold of No. 3 starter.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

    Track Record: The Mets emphasized volume during the 2020-21 international signing period, preferring to spread their bonus pool money around rather than focusing large sums on few players. They might have unearthed a gem in Diaz, a 6-foot-2 Dominican righthander whose fastball velocity jumped in the period leading up to his signing in January 2021. He made a loud pro debut in the Dominican Summer League, allowing three earned runs in 50.1 innings and not allowing any in his first 10 starts. Diaz’s 0.54 ERA was the fourth lowest by a qualified pitcher in the DSL since at least 2006 and the lowest by a 17-year-old in that time.

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

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

  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.

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

    Scouting Report: The top Canadian pitcher drafted in 2021, Ziegler delivers quality stuff from a powerful, athletic delivery. In his best outings before the draft, he pitched at 93-95 mph and topped out at 97 with a fastball featuring armside run. His curveball has plus potential at 78-84 mph with tight break and top-to-bottom shape. He threw more strikes with his curve as the spring unfolded. Ziegler will need to develop his firm mid-80s changeup that shows tail and sink when executed. Improved control, location and mound presence helped Ziegler put everything together in 2021.

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

  11. 11. 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: 4-6 | 3.83 ERA | 110 SO | 24 BB | 99 IP

    Track Record: Nothing about Butto’s development has been conventional. He signed out of Venezuela at age 19 in 2017 and didn’t reach a full-season league until he was 21. Butto took his greatest developmental strides at instructional league in 2020, following the canceled minor league season, when he threw a ton of strikes and limited hard contact. He pitched his way to Double-A in late July, positioning him for an MLB role in 2022.

    Scouting Report: Butto is an athletic strike-thrower with the best changeup in the organization. His low-80s circle-change sinks and fades slightly as it nears the plate and at peak features 12 mph or more of separation from his fastball. Butto sells his changeup because it comes from the same tunnel as his fastball, a four-seamer that ranges from 92-96 mph and sits near 93 with good vertical finish. His fastball and change helped him generate a 16.1% swinging-strike rate that ranked 16th in the minors among pitchers with at least 90 innings. Developing his curveball would give him a glove-side weapon to attack righthanded hitters and solidify Butto as a rotation prospect. His curve is a fringe pitch in the low 80s with 12-to-6 break and average depth that he tends to cast early. He has upped its usage to 16% versus righthanded hitters. He is a flyball pitcher who can be homer-prone when he loses feel for his changeup.

    The Future: As a three-pitch starter who has had some success at Double-A, Butto is lined up for MLB innings at some point in 2022. He projects as a No. 5 starter or quality reliever.

  12. 12. Dominic Hamel | RHP
    Dominic Hamel
    Born: Mar 2, 1999
    Bats: R Throws: R
    Ht.: 6'2" Wt.: 206
    Signed By: Gary Brown.
    Minors: 0-0 | 0.00 ERA | 7 SO | 0 BB | 3 IP

    Track Record: Hamel spent two years at Yavapai (Ariz.) JC before transferring to Dallas Baptist in 2020—just in time for the pandemic to interfere with his draft year. He made just four starts and went unselected in the five-round 2020 draft. After ranking ninth in Division I with 136 strikeouts in 2021 he went inside the top 100 picks. Hamel looked sharp in brief pro debut.

    Scouting Report: The Mets like Hamel’s pitch attributes and believe he has the potential to advance quickly, especially if he can round out his repertoire. His fastball had some of the best characteristics in the 2021 draft. Hamel ranges from 91-94 mph and bumps 95 with extreme spin and vertical break. The pitch bores to his arm side. Hamel’s slider shows above-average to plus potential and is thrown in the low 80s with high spin. He also throws a fringe curveball in the mid 70s and has a below-average changeup. Both could be improved to keep lefthanded hitters off his fastball. Hamel throws plenty of strikes and stays over the mound well with a repeatable delivery.

    The Future: The next step for Hamel is either adding a few ticks to his fastball or bringing up the quality of his secondary pitches. Even without those improvements, he profiles as a future major league pitcher because his fastball and pitchability are assets.

  13. 13. Nick Plummer | OF
    Nick Plummer
    Born: Jul 31, 1996
    Bats: L Throws: L
    Ht.: 5'10" Wt.: 200
    Signed By: Jason Bryans (Cardinals)
    Minors: .280/.415/.479 | 15 HR | 13 SB | 386 AB

    Track Record: When the Cardinals drafted Plummer 23rd overall in 2015, he was the first Michigan high schooler to go in the first round since 1997 and the first position prep since Derek Jeter in 1992. Plummer’s time with St. Louis was marked with disappointment. A wrist injury wiped out what would have been his full-season debut in 2016, and he had not advanced past Class A before the pandemic wiped out 2020.

    Scouting Report: Plummer began to realize his upside potential in 2021 by hitting .280/.415/.479 with 15 home runs at Double-A and Triple-A. His on-base percentage ranked inside the top 20 in the minor leagues, but it wasn’t enough for the Cardinals to retain him, so he headed for minor league free agency at age 25. The Mets signed him to a one-year major league deal. Plummer is a 5-foot-10, lefthanded hitter with enticing bat speed and athletic ability. Plummer spread out his batting stance in 2021 after previously using a leg kick, and the results were palpable. He hit the ball where it was pitched, took his walks and set personal bests for offensive production across the board. His best position is left field, but he is capable at all three spots and has a below-average arm. He runs well but isn’t a big basestealing threat.

    The Future: While Plummer’s tools may be short to profile for everyday play, he has the components to succeed as an extra outfielder. He and Khalil Lee will vie for MLB outfield at-bats in 2022.

  14. 14. Mike Vasil | RHP
    Mike Vasil
    Born: Mar 19, 2000
    Bats: L Throws: R
    Ht.: 6'5" Wt.: 225
    Signed By: Daniel Coles.
    Minors: 0-0 | 1.29 ERA | 10 SO | 0 BB | 7 IP

    Track Record: Vasil lined up as one of the top perp pitchers in the 2018 draft before an arm injury shut him down early that spring. The Boston prep subsequently withdrew his name from the draft. Vasil never quite launched at Virginia and had a 4.52 ERA over 81.2 innings in his draft year of 2021. Still, the Mets had good reports and drafted him in the eighth round.

    Scouting Report: The Mets were thrilled with what they saw from Vasil in his first pro summer and regard him as their best late-round pick from the 2021 draft. In seven innings in the Florida Complex League, he struck out 10, walked none and allowed three hits in seven innings. Vasil topped out at 97 mph in his pro debut but sits more in the low 90s with some occasional run on his four-seam fastball. His mid-80s slider is thrown with power in the high 80s and flashes plus at times. Vasil shows a well-rounded starter’s arsenal with an upper-70s curveball and mid-80s changeup with average potential. Those pitches help keep opposing hitters off-balance, especially lefthanded ones. He has good tempo and throws enough strikes to stay in the rotation.

    The Future: Vasil has a chance to develop four average or better pitches to go with an average command and control profile. Ultimately, he could fit at the back of a rotation or in a bulk reliever-type role.

  15. 15. Jaylen Palmer | 3B/OF
    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: .244/.354/.368 | 6 HR | 30 SB | 389 AB

    Track Record: Palmer went to high school in the shadow of Citi Field in Flushing, N.Y., and was a 22nd-round find by area scout John Kosciak. Palmer was moving in the right direction in Rookie ball in 2019 and kept his momentum at the alternate training site in 2020. He looked sharp at Low-A St. Lucie in the first half of 2021 but got exposed at High-A Brooklyn with a .189 average and strikeout rate bordering on 39%.

    Scouting Report: Palmer is a favorite of Mets coaches for his energetic style of play, athleticism and positive demeanor. He is one of the fastest players in the organization and one of the top defensive center fielders, thanks to the vacuum created by the trade of Pete Crow-Armstrong. How Palmer’s bat develops will determine his MLB future. He knows the strike zone, isn’t afraid to work deep counts and take his walks; he just needs to refine his swing decisions to offer at a higher rate of balls he can damage. Palmer shows solid-average power in batting practice and hits the ball hard consistently. His average exit velocity of 90 mph in Low-A Southeast is squarely above-average. The Mets hope that as his decisions improve that his offensive outlook will improve to near average. Drafted as a shortstop, Palmer has embraced versatility in pro ball by playing third base, second base and the outfield. His best position may be center field with his above-average range solid arm.

    The Future: Palmer does many things well and is driven. If he hits, there will be an MLB role for him, most likely as a multi-positional player.

  16. 16. 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/.332/.487 | 14 HR | 1 SB | 304 AB

    Track Record: Cortes’ offensive production had been muted by the pitcher-friendly New York-Penn and Florida State leagues in past seasons. That wasn’t the case in 2021, when he popped a career-high 14 home runs at Double-A Binghamton and ranked third in the Mets system with a .230 isolated slugging, trailing only young boppers Francisco Alvarez and Mark Vientos. Cortes was out of action most of September after a Covid outbreak at Binghamton forced the cancelation of 11 games down the stretch. He got back into action in the Arizona Fall League.

    Scouting Report: Cortes has a good eye at the plate and a strong lefthanded swing geared to hit the ball in the air. Few minor league hitters had a higher flyball rate than Cortes, who hit two-thirds of his batted balls in the air in 2021. If he turns more doubles into homers as he matures, his power could get to big league average, to go along with a near-average feel to hit. He slugged .583 against Double-A righthanders in 2021 and could have strong-side platoon utility for an MLB club. Finding a defensive home for the ambidextrous Cortes is more challenging. Drafted as second baseman, he lacked the arm strength throwing righthanded to stick at the keystone. He throws better from his natural left side and is playable in left field. Cortes actually is most at home at first base, but his 5-foot-7 stature is a profile mismatch there.

    The Future: The Mets declined to add Cortes to the 40-man roster, making him eligible for the Rule 5 draft. He has the bat to be a 26th man on an MLB roster, if not the defensive versatility.

  17. 17. Luis Rodriguez | LHP
    Luis Rodriguez
    Born: Dec 3, 2002
    Bats: L Throws: L
    Ht.: 6'3" Wt.: 190
    Signed By: Kelvin Dominguez.
    Minors: 0-2 | 5.11 ERA | 16 SO | 5 BB | 13 IP

    Track Record: The Mets have two pitchers named Luis Rodriguez from the Dominican Republic in the low levels of their system. Luis Raul Rodriguez is a 6-foot-3 lefthander who has developed into the system’s top southpaw. He signed with little fanfare at age 16 in 2019 and had his debut season wiped out by the pandemic in 2020. Rodriguez came out of nowhere to pitch his way onto the Florida Complex League roster in 2021 and earned a seven-inning look at Low-A St. Lucie late in the season as an 18-year-old.

    Scouting Report: Rodriguez has exciting stuff, athleticism and physicality from the left side, giving him one of the higher upsides among pitchers in the organization. As he has physically matured, he has found more velocity from his low three-quarters arm slot. In 2021, he topped out at 97 mph and pitched consistently in the mid 90s. Rodriguez’s low-80s slider sweeps hard to his glove side and has wipeout potential, especially when he gets it into the 85-86 mph range. Rodriguez is mostly a two-pitch pitcher who has toyed around with a changeup on the side. The Mets believe he has enough arm speed to make it work, but it is still on his developmental to-do list.

    The Future: The Mets challenged Rodriguez at a young age in 2021, believing that struggling is an important part of players’ development. He should get a chance to find his footing in 2022 at a Class A affiliate. Those highest on Rodriguez’s upside see mid-rotation upside.

  18. 18. 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: 6-6 | 4.59 ERA | 79 SO | 38 BB | 96 IP

    Track Record: Santos signed at age 16 in 2017, then spent 2018 and 2019 in short-season leagues. He broke his foot in 2020, which prohibited him from working off a mound even at the alternate training site when the season was canceled. Santos showed durability in 2021, when he tossed 96 innings at Low-A St. Lucie in his most extended pro look.

    Scouting Report: Santos has a distinguishing 6-foot-7, near 250-pound frame, but he has not separated from the pack with his overall stuff or command. Santos pitches at 93 mph with good two-seam run and tops at 97 in some starts. He had little trouble throwing his fastball for strikes even with the automated balls and strikes in use in Low-A Southeast. Putting batters away was more of a challenge. Santos gets caught in between on his breaking pitch, a low-80s slider with downer action. He had tried a curveball in the past, but it didn’t fit with his lower three-quarters arm slot. Santos throws a firm changeup in the mid 80s that lacks action and hasn’t been successful at keeping lefthanded hitters at bay. Despite his size, Santos is quick to the plate and good at holding baserunners.

    The Future: Some scouts think Santos could one day start at the back of a rotation. Others see more of a swingman role as a possibility. A lot depends on how well he sharpens his breaking pitch.

  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 as a 17-year-old out of the Dominican Republic in 2018, and he began to catch scouts’ attention in 2019 as he climbed from the Dominican Summer League to Rookie-advanced Kingsport, striking out 34 in 33 innings. Ventura looked good at the Mets’ alternate training site in 2020 and carried the momentum into spring training in 2021, but he had Tommy John surgery just before the season started.

    Scouting Report: Ventura was a breath of fresh air in a Mets system that was short on upside arms prior to focusing on pitchers in the 2021 draft and experiencing breakthrough seasons from young Dominican pitchers such as righthander Joel Diaz and lefty Luis Rodriguez. Ventura is an athletic righthander with a three-pitch profile, a quick arm and the room to improve his entire repertoire. In 2020 he pitched at 91-92 mph and bumped 94, but the Mets think he can sit a few ticks higher based on his ease of operation and projected physical gains. Ventura was fastball-focused in his last game action but has flashed a curveball with late snap and a changeup that he sells convincingly.

    The Future: Ventura lost game reps in 2020 and 2021 but should be ready to get into Class A games by the second half of 2022. His rehab from Tommy John was going extremely well, and the Mets are excited about his breakout potential.

  20. 20. Adam Oller | RHP
    Adam Oller
    Born: Oct 17, 1994
    Bats: R Throws: R
    Ht.: 6'4" Wt.: 225
    Signed By: Phil Huttmann (Pirates)
    Minors: 9-4 | 3.45 ERA | 138 SO | 47 BB | 120 IP

    Track Record: Drafted in the 20th round by the Pirates out of college in 2016, Oller was released after three seasons. He considered retiring but latched on in the independent Frontier League, where a 45-to-2 strikeout-to-walk ratio got him signed by the Giants. He pitched well as a 24-year-old at Low-A in 2019 before the Mets took him in the minor league Rule 5 draft that offseason.

    Scouting Report: Oller came from out of nowhere to lead all Mets minor league pitchers with 120 innings and 138 strikeouts in 2021. For that, Oller was named the organization’s minor league pitcher of the year. He impressed the Mets with his bulldog demeanor, increased velocity and improved changeup to earn a 40-man roster spot in the offseason. Oller pitches at 93 mph and touches 96, and that velocity boost allows him to compete in the zone and set up his quality secondaries. His swing-and-miss slider is an above-average pitch with low spin but outstanding velocity at 86 mph and a peak of 89. That speed makes it tough to time for batters sitting fastball. Oller’s mid-80s changeup is firm but effective because it drops and runs to his arm side. He lands it for strikes and has at least average control overall.

    The Future: Oller has a role on a big league pitching staff, potentially at the back of a rotation or in a bulk or middle relief role. He is 27 years old and will probably make his MLB debut in 2022.

  21. 21. Jose Peroza | 3B/2B
    Jose Peroza
    Born: Jun 15, 2000
    Bats: R Throws: R
    Ht.: 6'1" Wt.: 214
    Signed By: Ismael Perez/Andres Nunez.
    Minors: .253/.365/.421 | 12 HR | 6 SB | 359 AB

    Track Record: Strength comes natural to Peroza, who grew up on a farm in Venezuela before training at Carlos Guillen’s academy. He signed with the Mets for $280,000 in 2016. After three seasons spent in short-season leagues, plus a fourth lost to the pandemic, Peroza emerged as one of the organization’s better offensive performers in a 2021 season spent at two Class A levels.

    Scouting Report: Peroza is a big-bodied infielder who plays capable defense at three positions, and the breakout the organization expected in 2020 manifested a year later. He does a lot of things at the plate that the Mets value: he hits the ball hard in the air with angle and takes his walks. Peroza ranked fourth in the organization with 54 walks and a .365 on-base percentage. He focused on improving his load to prevent his head from moving so much in 2021 and he saw the ball better and got the most out of his above-average raw power. Peroza saw most of his time at third base, where he compensates for below-average range with a borderline plus arm. He’s playable at second base and first base.

    The Future: Peroza could hit his way to a big league role with a near-average hit tool and average power if he continues to develop. He probably fits best as a bat-first multi-position player.

  22. 22. Robert Dominguez | RHP
    Robert Dominguez
    Born: Nov 30, 2001
    Bats: R Throws: R
    Ht.: 6'4" Wt.: 200
    Drafted/Signed: Venezuela, 2019.
    Signed By: Ismael Perez/Andres Nu?ez.
    Minors: 1-1 | 8.25 ERA | 10 SO | 9 BB | 12 IP

    Track Record: Teams passed over Dominguez when he was first eligible to sign at age 16 in 2018. He moved from Venezuela to the Dominican Republic to train in 2019, and after a series of mechanical adjustments his velocity spiked to 97 mph. The Mets signed him that November right before his 18th birthday. Dominguez made his pro debut in the Florida Complex League in 2021, and while he struck out 10 batters in 12 innings, poor control and command resulted in a 2.00 WHIP.

    Scouting Report: Scouts who see Dominguez at his best are attracted to his fastball velocity, promise of a slider and athletic 6-foot-5 frame. From the Mets’ perspective, getting him on the mound and in the strike zone have been challenges. Dominguez dealt with shoulder trouble in 2020 and other off-field maladies in 2021 that put him behind schedule. As a result he made just 12 appearances—none facing more than eight batters—in Rookie ball rather than getting development time in the rotation. Dominguez topped out near 99 mph and averaged 95 with decent ride through the zone. He has some feel for spin and the potential for an average slider, but it’s a low-80s pitch now that he tends to telegraph by cutting off his delivery and not getting the same extension as his fastball delivery. He has not shown much aptitude for a changeup. As a result, lefthanded batters are comfortable in the box because they can sit fastball. Dominguez has put on weight since signing and needs to make conditioning more of a priority.

    The Future: The Mets would like to develop Dominguez as a starter so that he benefits from a consistent routine and has the ability to sharpen his secondary pitches in side sessions. Ultimately his best big league role is probably power reliever—if his slider progresses and he develops just fringe command.

  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: .263/.341/.429 | 5 HR | 0 SB | 224 AB

    Track Record: Senger and Nick Meyer were college catchers drafted by the Mets in 2018. The two played for different Class A affiliates in 2019 but spent the 2021 season as teammates at Double-A Binghamton. Meyer has the best defensive reputation in the organization, while Senger offers more offensive production with a solid catching foundation.

    Scouting Report: Senger has the attributes of a future backup catcher with a near-average bat for the position and an above-average arm. His swing is clean and geared toward taking the ball where it’s pitched. Senger’s exit velocities are above-average and he manipulates the barrel well, but his power output is minimal. The Mets want to see him become more direct to the ball and not fly open when he gets pull-happy. Senger blocks well behind the plate and throws well. He worked to improve his transfer on throws in the Arizona Fall League and is learning the finer points of game-calling that come with experience.

    The Future: The Mets left Senger off the 40-man roster and thus exposed to selection in the Rule 5 draft. He is ready for Triple-A in 2022 and could be on call in the event of an MLB catching emergency.

  24. 24. Javier Atencio | LHP
    Javier Atencio
    Born: Nov 26, 2001
    Bats: L Throws: L
    Ht.: 6'0" Wt.: 160
    Signed By: Andres Nunez.

    Track Record: The Mets signed Atencio as a 16-year-old in 2018, and while he hasn’t yet advanced beyond the Dominican Summer League, he showed promise in 2021. The 19-year-old lefty ranked second in the DSL with 76 strikeouts and seventh with a 1.58 ERA. Had it not been so difficult to transfer players in the time of Covid, the Mets probably would have brought Atencio to the U.S.

    Scouting Report: Atencio tops out at 96 mph and throws a power curveball, while his north-south approach proved to be too much for DSL hitters to handle. They hit just .171. Atencio pitches at 92 mph with plus ride characteristics up in the zone. He complements that with a breaking pitch that pairs slider velocity—nearly 80 mph—with more of a curveball shape. He commands the pitch well and generated one of the higher whiff rates in the minor leagues by burying it effectively. He doesn’t really throw a changeup at this stage, preferring to change speeds with his curve that ranges from the mid 70s to low 80s.

    The Future: The emergence of Atencio and Luis Rodriguez in 2021 gave the Mets some much-needed lefthanded presence. Atencio will probably get a shot in full-season ball in 2022 and has rotation upside.

  25. 25. Vincent Perozo | C
    Vincent Perozo
    Born: Mar 6, 2003
    Bats: L Throws: R
    Ht.: 6'0" Wt.: 170
    Signed By: Robert Espejo.
    Minors: .173/.348/.269 | 1 HR | 0 SB | 52 AB

    Track Record: The Mets signed Perozo out of Venezuela in 2019, and two years later he made his pro debut in the Florida Complex League as an 18-year-old. While his 2021 season appeared to be a dud on the surface, in reality he was playing through a shoulder injury and probably would have been one of the top prospects in the Dominican Summer League had he been held back. As a sign of his esteem in the industry, Perozo was a popular ask from other clubs in trade talks.

    Scouting Report: Perozo is a lefthanded-hitting catcher with a pro body and swing geared to do damage. He was limited to mostly first base and DH in the FCL because of a left shoulder injury that shut him down in mid August. He attempted to rehab it but ultimately had surgery in mid September. Perozo has good timing and rhythm in his swing and the type of power upside to one day get to 20 homers. He has a good knowledge of the strike zone, as evidenced by his 10 walks and 21 strikeouts in 18 games. Behind the plate, Perozo receives well and has a strong understanding of calling games and helping his pitchers get strikes. His average arm is hindered by a slower transfer, though his overall footwork is good. He projects to be at least an average catch-and-throw receiver.

    The Future: Scouts who have seen Perozo at his best see the potential for a future regular catcher who hits enough to stay in the lineup. He has a long trek ahead of him but could be worth the wait.

  26. 26. J.T. Schwartz | 1B
    J.T. Schwartz
    Born: Dec 17, 1999
    Bats: L Throws: R
    Ht.: 6'4" Wt.: 215
    Signed By: Rusty McNamara.
    Minors: .195/.320/.256 | 0 HR | 2 SB | 82 AB

    Track Record: Schwartz was a draft prospect as a SoCal high school shortstop before enrolling at UCLA as a top recruit in 2018. He shifted to first base in college and thrived when he was on the field. Schwartz redshirted as a freshman and missed his sophomore year to the pandemic before breaking out in 2021, when he led the Pacific-12 Conference with a .396 average while drawing 37 walks to 28 strikeouts. The Mets drafted him in the fourth round.

    Scouting Report: Schwartz has demonstrated an ability to discern balls from strikes and get his bat on fastballs, but his power production has to improve. He hit .195 with little power in a 25-game debut at Low-A St. Lucie. The Mets are working with Schwartz to clean up his movement patterns and add muscle to his lanky 6-foot-4 frame. If he can sync up his upper and lower halves and add bat speed, then enhanced exit velocities could follow. But for now his EVs are well below-average for a first baseman. He shows occasional power in batting practice. Schwartz has below-average speed and fringe range at first base. He missed time with a shoulder injury in 2021 and previously had hip surgery and knee problems.

    The Future: Adopting more of a power-over-hit mentality and embracing the idea of taking more chances will help Schwartz move away from his college approach. He will be a key player to watch in 2022.

  27. 27. Kevin Kendall | SS/2B
    Kevin Kendall
    Born: Jun 25, 1999
    Bats: L Throws: R
    Ht.: 5'10" Wt.: 175
    Signed By: Rusty McNamara.
    Minors: .327/.421/.451 | 1 HR | 8 SB | 113 AB

    Track Record: Kendall stood out at UCLA in 2021 for his athleticism, versatility and performance. He had underwhelmed in college to that point—and he missed 2020 with a wrist injury—but a big junior year got him drafted by the Mets in the seventh round. Kendall shined in his pro debut for Low-A St. Lucie, hitting for average while showing strong plate discipline and speed.

    Scouting Report: The Mets’ scouting department views the lefthanded-hitting Kendall as a similar athlete to Adam Frazier, a player whose ability to hit and play multiple positions have created MLB value. That will be Kendall’s ticket to advancement in pro ball, too. His strongest offensive assets are his swing decisions, high contact rate on pitches in the zone and plus speed that borders on double-plus. The Mets worked with all their hitters invited to instructional league in 2021 to improve their strength and learn to impact the ball with greater frequency. Kendall is a plus defender at shortstop and second base with an average arm. He even proved to be above-average in center field, where he played at UCLA in deference to Reds first-rounder Matt McLain.

    The Future: Kendall’s encouraging pro debut and strong showing at instructs sets him up for a productive 2022 season. His upside may fall short of MLB regular but should be enough for utility consideration.

  28. 28. 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: .285/.337/.454 | 9 HR | 14 SB | 337 AB

    Track Record: Mangum’s father and grandfather played in the NFL, and Jake has that competitive drive in common with them. He stayed an extra year at Mississippi State to set the Southeastern Conference’s all-time hits record and then signed with the Mets as a 2019 fourth-rounder. Mangum’s pro debut was uninspiring, but changes made at the alternate training site in 2020 helped set the stage for a productive 2021 spent mostly at Double-A Binghamton.

    Scouting Report: Mangum altered his hand position to improve his attack angle to the ball. The results became obvious later in the season as he learned he could accomplish more by swinging less. Mangum hit .340/.395/.526 in his final 53 games, at one point reaching base in 29 straight games. He doesn’t take a ton of walks but doesn’t strike out often, either. Mangum is the best defensive outfielder in the system and an above-average runner with an above-average arm and range in center field.

    The Future: Mangum is driven to reach the major leagues. If his gains from the second half of 2021 hold, then he will do just that, most likely as an extra outfielder.

  29. 29. Luke Ritter | 2B/1B
    Luke Ritter
    Born: Feb 15, 1997
    Bats: R Throws: R
    Ht.: 5'11" Wt.: 187
    Signed By: Nathan Beuster.
    Minors: .232/.311/.436 | 14 HR | 3 SB | 250 AB

    Track Record: The Mets’ 2019 draft strategy centered around pooling surplus bonus dollars after the third round in order to go over slot to sign prep pitchers Josh Wolf and Matt Allan. That resulted in the Mets focusing on college seniors in rounds four through 10. Fourth-rounder Jake Mangum and Ritter have developed into notable prospects after signing for a combined $30,000.

    Scouting Report: Ritter led Wichita State with a 1.003 OPS as a senior and earned high grades for his makeup and versatility. He jumped to High-A in 2021, and while at age 24 he was old for the level, he showed the same bat intrigue and leadership ability. Ritter puts the bat on the ball frequently and gets it in the air. He has average power potential that was masked by his pitcher-friendly home park in Brooklyn. He hit 12 of his 14 homers on the road. He broke the hamate bone in his left hand in July, missed four weeks and then hit just three homers the rest of the way. Ritter is playable at second base and first base with near-average fielding and throwing ability, and he’s athletic enough to learn to play corner outfield.

    The Future: Ritter has the competitive drive to will himself into the big league conversation as a multi-positional option with power. Next up is the proving ground of Double-A.

  30. 30. 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 at age 18 and spent two seasons in Rookie ball, then he had his full-season debut pushed back a year by the pandemic. He made six starts for Low-A St. Lucie in 2021 before having Tommy John surgery in mid June.

    Scouting Report: Suarez missed bats in Low-A Southeast but otherwise proved to be more wild and more hittable than he had shown previously. His 93 mph fastball gets good vertical ride and tops out at 95. His mid-70s curveball has true 12-to-6 life. Suarez also throws a firm, high-80s changeup with run to his arm side. His curve and change get swings and misses, but his fastball is the only pitch he can regularly land for strikes.

    The Future: Suarez probably will miss the 2022 season as he recovers from Tommy John surgery. His most likely future role is lower-leverage reliever.

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