Who emerges as the next great prospect?
We know Allan, Alvarez, and a few other names in the minor league system. Each year, there does seem to be at least one name that emerges as a promising name with a bright future ahead. Jeff McNeil is a perfect example. Who will be next?
The thing about these unknown prospects is they seem to come from out of nowhere. Nobody, outside of maybe a few diehard fans of the farm system, knew McNeil’s name prior to 2018. Now, he’s a big league stud fans want to see retire as a member of the Mets many years from now.
Equally as exciting on the minor league front could be the jump some well-known names can make. A guy like Ronny Mauricio whom many classify as the best in the system could go from just the best prospect the Mets have to one of the greats in the entire league.
One place I’m curious to watch is how the amateur free agent signings perform. Guys in ranking in the teens such as Alexander Ramirez and Endy Rodriguez have a shot to become one of the next great stars in the league. Although very young, the journey to watch players like them grow into legitimate prospects with numbers to back it up can all begin with how they perform in 2021.
Far behind them are those minor leaguers nobody ever saw coming. Sometimes, it takes a single offseason for a hitter to fix his swinger or a pitcher to learn how to best deceive the opponents. I’m sure there’s one player in the system on a field in a sunny city right now doing just that.