New York Mets prospects

New York Mets minor leaguers who could have big roles in 2019

PORT ST. LUCIE, FL - MARCH 05: Ball and gloves of the New York Mets sit in the dugout before a game against the Washington Nationals at Digital Domain Park on March 5, 2012 in Port St. Lucie, Florida. The Nationals defeated the Mets 3-1. (Photo by Sarah Glenn/Getty Images)
PORT ST. LUCIE, FL - MARCH 05: Ball and gloves of the New York Mets sit in the dugout before a game against the Washington Nationals at Digital Domain Park on March 5, 2012 in Port St. Lucie, Florida. The Nationals defeated the Mets 3-1. (Photo by Sarah Glenn/Getty Images) /
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The New York Mets farm system is quite barren. However, these three prospects could have an important roster spot on the 2019 team.

Young MLB players are all the rage these days. Veterans are earning less and young stars are getting an extension before they even make an All-Star team. In the New York Mets system, there are a few impactful minor leaguers ready to make the jump to the big leagues.

Unfortunately, this season doesn’t include too many notable rookies on the 25-man roster. We’ve seen a couple make an appearance or two, but no one has won a roster spot.

Next season, the next group of rookies may be ready. Whether it’s on Opening Day or a few weeks into the season, these Mets prospects are near grabbing headlines in New York.

Peter Alonso

The Peter Alonso hype is real. It grows with each at-bat. Dominic Smith no longer has an easy route to starting at first base for the Mets. Alonso is coming after him.

This franchise has not had a first baseman they could lean on for quite some time. As productive as Lucas Duda was at times, his weaknesses were glaring. When Alonso is major league ready, the Mets hope to get a more well-rounded player.

I don’t expect Alonso to break any significant records or visit Cooperstown to see a plaque of himself. I do think it’s possible Alonso turns into a solid major league hitter who can give the Mets stability at first base. Right now, it’s all they need.

Next year, the first base job is open. Adrian Gonzalez may not last the season in a Mets uniform. Even if they move Jay Bruce there full-time, the Mets may want to give Alonso a roster spot. Bruce could rotate between first base and right field, allowing the Mets more opportunities to field a different lineup.

Unlike other names I will add to this list, Alonso has an asterisk to him. He’s someone I’m not so sure the Mets will hand a roster spot to on day one of 2019. To keep an extra year of control, it would make sense for the Mets to wait a few weeks into the season before he makes his MLB debut. I also don’t think they’ve fully given up on the possibility of Smith becoming a suitable MLB hitter.

Remember, this list isn’t about which current Mets minor leaguers are going to begin the year on the Mets. This is about the guys I see having the biggest impact.

One problem with this year’s team is that I don’t see any hero prospects getting promoted then swooping in to save the day. There’s a certain excitement when a top-flight prospect makes his midseason debut. Out of everyone the Mets have in their minor league system, Alonso looks to me like the best candidate.

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