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New York Mets top 10 prospects heading into 2021

ALLENTOWN, PA - MAY 02: The Rawlings glove, New Era cap and Keanon sunglasses of Tim Tebow #15 of the Syracuse Mets sit on the dugout step during a AAA minor league baseball game against the Lehigh Valley Iron Pigs on May 1, 2019 at Coca Cola Park in Allentown, Pennsylvania. (Photo by Rich Schultz/Getty Images)
ALLENTOWN, PA - MAY 02: The Rawlings glove, New Era cap and Keanon sunglasses of Tim Tebow #15 of the Syracuse Mets sit on the dugout step during a AAA minor league baseball game against the Lehigh Valley Iron Pigs on May 1, 2019 at Coca Cola Park in Allentown, Pennsylvania. (Photo by Rich Schultz/Getty Images)
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JUPITER, FLORIDA – FEBRUARY 22: A detail of a New York Mets hat during a spring training game against the St. Louis Cardinals at Roger Dean Stadium on February 22, 2020 in Jupiter, Florida. (Photo by Michael Reaves/Getty Images)

10. Thomas Szapucki, LHP

Drafted in the fifth round of the 2015 MLB draft Thomas Szapucki has had a very beleaguered path through the Mets minor leagues. He has dealt with a variety of injuries but when he is healthy, he is one of the best pitchers the Mets have in their system.

Szapucki boasts a plus fastball that sits at about 95mph to go along with a plus curveball with a high spin rate from the left side.

Szapucki made it back to the mound in 2019 pitching for three Mets minor league affiliates to an ERA of 2.63 over 61.2 innings.

Ironically, this was the most innings he had ever pitched in a season since being drafted and it was also his best statistical season in the Mets system.

Due to there being no 2020 minor league season Szapucki may see his debut delayed but when he gets to the big leagues, he probably best fits as a middle to back end of the rotation type pitcher.

ETA: 2021

9. Isiah Greene, OF

Isiah Greene was one of the last draft picks Brodie Van Wagenen made as General Manager of the Mets and was the compensation for losing Zack Wheeler.

From a tools perspective, Greene is quite impressive and should have the necessary speed to stick in center field long term.

In addition, Isiah Greene is a contact-oriented hitter that has a very level swing that profiles as a potential leadoff hitter. Couple that with his excellent speed and he could be very successful.

Greene has more work to do to improve his game but the nineteen-year-old plays up to his competition and should improve move through the system quickly.

ETA: 2024

8. Josh Wolf, RHP

Josh Wolf was drafted in the second round of the 2019 MLB draft and boasts an above-average fastball and curveball. Part of the Mets draft strategy the last few years was to draft high upside players in the first few rounds that will sign above slot and Wolf is a perfect example. Wolf signed for $2.15 million and if he reaches his potential he could be worth every penny.

His brief minor league stint in 2019 was very encouraging. Wolf pitched only eight innings but struck out twelve batters and recorded a whiff rate of 42%.

He needs to improve on his changeup if he wants to be a starter long term but he has a lot of time to grow and could one day develop into an above-average starting pitcher.

ETA: 2023

7. Mark Vientos, 3B

Drafted out of high school in 2017, Mark Vientos has been in the Mets system for some time and is one of the longer-tenured prospects on this list.

Vientos has incredible power and a cannon for an arm but there are some questions surrounding his ability to consistently hit. Vientos struck out over 100 times in just over 400 at-bats in 2019 which is not ideal.

There are also questions surrounding Vitenos’s ability at sticking at third base long term. He has below-average speed which makes him not have a vast range at the hot corner.

He is only 20 years old and has time to improve and having the power and arm he has is what will keep him afloat.

If Vientos can improve on his plate discipline he could be a really good offensive player but regardless his power will carry him through the minors.

ETA: 2023

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