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Mets Prospects: Adding the untouchable label to three of the best

ATLANTA, GA - APRIL 24: A general view of a swing weight used by the New York Mets during the game against the Atlanta Braves at Turner Field on April 24, 2016 in Atlanta, Georgia. (Photo by Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images)
ATLANTA, GA - APRIL 24: A general view of a swing weight used by the New York Mets during the game against the Atlanta Braves at Turner Field on April 24, 2016 in Atlanta, Georgia. (Photo by Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images)
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NEW YORK, NEW YORK – SEPTEMBER 13: A general view as Clayton Kershaw #22 of the Los Angeles Dodgers pitches to Wilson Ramos #40 of the New York Mets during the first inning of their game at Citi Field on September 13, 2019 in New York City. (Photo by Jim McIsaac/Getty Images)

The New York Mets have a few prospects worthy of the untouchable label this winter.

It takes a special kind of prospect to get labeled “untouchable.” Prospect lists are already subjective and many New York Mets fans have differing opinions on these potential future stars.

The Mets farm system isn’t as deep as it was a few years ago. Many players have graduated to the big league roster while others have been moved in trades for big leaguers.

In the winter of 2019-2020, the team could look to move a few of their minor leaguers for help in the major leagues. Before they do, it’s important to decide which Mets prospects are untouchable. Among them all, these three are the standouts.

Of course, if a team is ready to do something foolish in a trade, I may need to reconsider my stance.

Ronny Mauricio – Ranked #1 by MLB.com

Ronny Mauricio is the top-ranked prospect in the Mets system according to MLB.com. Surely, other lists have him ranked there, too.

The 18-year-old shortstop had a productive 2019 season for the Columbia Fireflies. He slashed .268/.307/.357 with 20 doubles, 5 triples, and 4 home runs.

Mauricio has taken over as the prized infield prospect in the team’s system. A spot once held by Andres Gimenez, Mauricio is now the guy many view as a possible shortstop of the future in Flushing.

Of course, there’s always Amed Rosario’s presence to consider when accessing what eventually happens with Mauricio. Rosario is still a young player with years of control left. His noticeable improvement at the plate in 2019 makes Gimenez a little more expendable, but I wouldn’t say the same about Mauricio.

It will still be a few years before we see Mauricio touch a major league roster. By the time it happens, Rosario may have moved to center field or could even have free agency looming around the corner.

It’s essential the Mets continue to grow players in the minor leagues even at positions where there’s some surplus. A position change is always possible for Mauricio. In the meantime, I would like to see him continue to grow on the farm.

MLB.com projects Mauricio to make his big league debut in 2022.

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