When can we see this awesome prospect on the big league team?
Every year seems to have that one prospect fans want to see on the big league roster. In 2018, Jeff McNeil and Pete Alonso took on this role. Last year, to a far lesser extent, Anthony Kay became the man.
Then the Mets traded him away to the Toronto Blue Jays for Marcus Stroman.
Around June is when we start to hear more of an outcry for one of these top prospects to get promoted to the show. My guess is someone like David Peterson would be a candidate although I wouldn’t rule out other pitchers either. Kevin Smith had a superb year on the farm last year and may eventually pass Peterson on the franchise’s prospect depth chart—if one of those even exists.
The Mets don’t have any legitimate prospect position players near the major leagues. Although, I can envision a night where Amed Rosario makes a pair of errors and the boo birds insist it’s time to promote Ronny Mauricio to New York.
More realistic, one of the starting pitchers is having a bad year, and fans check stats in Triple-A or Double-A to find which man is having the best year of all. He then becomes this year’s McNeil/Alonso/Kay and fans rage on about how the veteran struggling in the rotation needs to march to the bullpen to figure things out.
I can’t disagree with this entirely hypothetical desire. Teams can get a jolt when they promote a highly-touted minor leaguer. What’s more, it’s possible they can ride the momentum of an awesome season. How many times has a hot minor league player reached the major leagues and brought it with him only to fizzle out by the very next year?
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June is a time to start thinking seriously about the trade deadline. It’s also the month when the best minor league prospects become known to the casual fan.