New York Mets top 10 prospects heading into 2021
By Michael Calascione
6. J.T. Ginn, RHP
J.T. Ginn is a right-handed pitcher that was drafted in the second round of the 2020 MLB draft. He was previously a first-round selection by the Dodgers out of high school in 2018 but chose to go to Mississippi State.
Ginn was a first-round talent in 2018 and he was a first-round talent in 2020. Why didn’t he go in the first round of the 2020 draft then? Because he had Tommy John surgery in March of 2020, otherwise he would have been a first-rounder.
A high upside pitcher that the Mets potentially got good value on throws in the mid to upper 90s with his fastball which has very good movement.
Ginn’s out pitch is his slider. A plus pitch for him that sits in the mid-80s and is overpowering at times. In addition, Ginn has a changeup that could develop into a plus pitch.
If J.T. Ginn can recover from Tommy John and become once again that first-round talent the Mets could have a top half of the rotation pitcher on their hands.
5. Pete Crow-Armstrong, OF
Similar to J.T. Ginn, Pete Crow-Armstrong was drafted in the 2020 MLB draft but Crow-Armstrong was the Mets first-round selection.
After losing Jared Kelenic in the Robinson Cano trade the Mets desperately needed to replenish their top-shelf outfield depth and Crow-Armstrong just happen to be there at number 19 overall for the taking.
Crow-Armstrong has above-average speed and elite defense in centerfield and should have no problem sticking their long term.
He needs to develop at the plate especially in the power department, but the defense is what will carry the 18-year-old until he is able to develop that part of his game.
The Mets could have a gold glove centerfielder on their hands in a few years and if he develops he could be the next great leadoff hitter for this franchise.
4. Brett Baty, 3B
One of the oldest high school draft picks in 2018, Brett Baty was drafted 12th overall in the 2019 MLB draft. He is currently a third baseman with a cannon for an arm but there is some concern if he can stick at the hot corner long term.
Baty’s raw power is undeniable but he is still raw and needs some development. The absence of the minor league season definitely hurt him even though he was added to the alternate site late in the 2020 season.
Hopefully, he is pushed aggressively through the Mets system and he can hit the ground running in 2021.