3) Francisco Alvarez
When you take a glance at the Mets farm system they have many potential quality position players that the front office is excited about. One of those players who has drawn rave reviews among many in the organization is catcher Francisco Alvarez. The 19-year old catcher was signed out of Venezuela during the 2018-2019 international signing period for $2.7 million and since making his pro debut, Alvarez has done nothing but rake.
Alvarez is currently ranked as the Mets number two prospect by MLB.com and may have the highest ceiling of any prospect in their system currently. In his first full season in the Mets minor league system in 2019, Alvarez had hit .312 with seven home runs and 26 RBI’s in 42 games played. The Venezuelan catcher also was part of the Mets player pool this season and spent time at Brooklyn working on his craft.
Alvarez’s hitting prowess is currently is more advanced than his glove at this point which should be expected at his young age. That is an area Alvarez will look to improve upon over his next two to three seasons in the Minor League system.
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High-ceiling catchers don’t just grow on trees, as evidence by the Mets’ inability to find a permanent fixture at the position over the past several seasons. Regardless of what the Mets do this offseason at the catching position, Alvarez is a player the organization can ill afford to part with and should be regarded as a member of the Mets future core as his development progresses over the next several seasons.