New York Mets farm system looks more promising thanks to four men
By Chris Rocco
MLB Pipeline recently updated their top 100 prospects list and the New York Mets now have four top 100 prospects.
In an otherwise dismal 2018 season, the New York Mets farm system has looked superb. In 2017, the organization had zero players in the top 100 prospect list.
One year later, the team has four players in that list – Andres Gimenez (#60), Peter Alonso (#65), Jarred Kelenic (#69), and Justin Dunn (#100).
In addition to these four players on the list, players like Anthony Kay, David Peterson, and Ronny Mauricio have all taken a huge step forward in 2018.
With the trade deadline approaching and the team in position to sell, the farm system could get even more impressive with returns from trades.
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Gimenez, who was recently promoted to Double-A Binghamton, thrived in High-A ball in St. Lucie. He is off to a slow start in Double-A, hitting just .133 with two hits in 15 at-bats (As of 7/27). It is always difficult for a player in the first couple of weeks after being promoted, so Gimenez should snap out of his Double-A funk soon.
Another player who is having an excellent 2018 season is slugger Alonso. Alonso was with the High-A ball St. Lucie Mets just one season ago and now he is sitting pretty in Triple-A Las Vegas. He can smash, as we saw with his monster Futures Game homer.
In addition to Gimenez and Alonso, the 2018 first-round draft pick, Kelenic, is having a great start to his professional career. Although he has hit his first bump in Kingsport, he is still batting well over .250 in his first professional season between GCL and Kingsport (As of 7/29).
Finally, Dunn, who was the team’s first-round selection in 2016, is finally living up to his potential and was recently promoted to Double-A Binghamton. Thus far in 2018, he is 7-6 with a 3.02 ERA and has 111 strikeouts in 101.1 innings pitched (As of 7/29).
With guys like Kay, Peterson, and Mauricio also impressing, the farm system is finally becoming respectable again.
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