New York Mets top 10 prospects heading into 2021
By Michael Calascione
3. Matthew Allan, RHP
Matthew Allan could define the legacy of Brodie Van Wagenen as the Mets GM. BVW took a chance on drafting Allan in the third round of the 2019 MLB draft when it was no secret that he wanted to go to college.
Knowing this fact so many teams repeatedly passed on him due to sign-ability concerns, but Allan fell to a point where the Mets could not pass up the value and they may have hit gold.
A first-round talent and arguably the best high school arm in the draft, Allan has an above-average fastball and curve that sit in the upper 90s and low 80s, respectively. His changeup is also a weapon in his arsenal and for a 19-year-old he is very advanced in his development.
Late in the 2020 season, Allan joined a few other top prospects at the Mets alternate site and really impressed the coaches there.
The hope is that Allan is aggressively pushed in the Mets system and could get to Queens sooner than expected. Ultimately if Allan continues to develop, he has the potential to be a true ace in the Mets starting rotation one day.
2. Ronny Mauricio, SS
One of the prizes of the Mets farm system since 2017 when he was signed for a then franchise-record $2.1 million out of the Dominican Republic.
Mauricio has been pushed through the Mets system very aggressively so the results are not fully up to par yet but he has an immense amount of potential offensively. The positive is he is still only 19 years old so he has time to grow into his body and develop into what scouts think he can be.
From the defensive side, Mauricio has a rocket for an arm and has very good hands. However, at 6’3” and 166 pounds he is a big body for shortstop and probably profiles better as a third baseman.
Regardless, Mauricio has a ton of potential and at some point help, the Mets at the big league level like so many of their international signings already have.
1. Francisco Alvarez, C
Francisco Alvarez is by far the prospect I am most excited about. Alvarez is the best catching prospect the Mets have had in a while and the 18-year-old is on the fast track to Queens.
Alvarez has a plus hit tool already at 18 years old and he also has good power. The Mets have been aggressive with him as they have been with their other top prospects sending him straight to the Gulf Coast League and he could not have responded better hitting to the tune of a 1.395 OPS in his first seven games.
Defensively, Alvarez has good defensive skills and his arm allows him to control the running game well. Additionally, he has been improving his pop times and defensive game in general most recently as late this Summer when he was at the Alternate site in Brooklyn.
So much can be said about Francisco Alvarez and he is so fun to watch.
The Mets may have finally found their catcher of the future and possibly a cornerstone of the Mets franchise at some point down the road.
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