Although we won’t get a minor league season in 2020, some New York Mets minor leaguers could make the job to the big league and we’re excited to see them play.
Major League Baseball recently announced that a shortened 60 game season will begin at the end of July, and the New York Mets will have important roster decisions to make. When play begins, all MLB teams will be allowed a 30-player roster for the first two weeks of the season. Roster limits go down to 28 for the next two weeks and 26 for the remainder of the season after that.
Mets fans are probably most excited to see fan favorites like Jacob deGrom and Pete Alonso back in action when baseball officially resumes. In addition to the major league regulars, the Mets will likely have a few roster spots open for players in the organization who have yet to debut in the big leagues for the Amazins.
Several Mets minor league players were having impressive spring trainings before play was halted back in March. Here are three Mets minor leaguers we’re excited to see take the field again when the season begins.
The Mets have several talented shortstops in the organization, including everyday player Amed Rosario and Single-A star Ronny Mauricio, but Andres Gimenez should not be forgotten as an important piece of organizational depth. He first came to the Mets as an international free agent in 2015 and made his professional debut in the Dominican Summer League the following year.
Since then, Gimenez has slowly risen up the depth charts for the Amazins. As of this season, he is ranked in the top 100 baseball prospect lists by MLB Pipeline, Baseball America, and Baseball Prospectus. Though Gimenez had a slow start in Double-A Binghamton last year, his bat heated up considerably in the 2019 Arizona Fall League, where he led the league with a .371 batting average and a .413 OBP.
Gimenez was having a decent spring in Mets camp, going 6 for 28 at the plate, but his glove has developed into a sure-handed strength over the past couple of years. For a Mets club that has power but tends to struggle in the field, his defense will be an important asset to the team’s near future.
In a recent interview with Metsmerized, Gimenez expressed his willingness to contribute at the major league level in any way possible.
“Wherever they need me I’ll be there,” he said. “It’s out of my hands and I can’t control when they call me up, but I’ll be ready whenever they do.”
Gimenez may not have a clear path to the majors at the moment, with Rosario, Jeff McNeil, Pete Alonso, and Robinson Cano entrenched in their respective positions. However, he will certainly be in consideration for a spot on the expanded 2020 rosters. If any of the Mets’ infielders go down, he may very well get called up to Queens sooner rather than later.