1) Top Pitcher & Catcher in Mets Farm System:
Catcher: Francisco Alvarez
Starting Pitcher Matthew Allan
Both Francisco Alvarez and Matthew Allan could be considered the battery of the future for the Mets, with Allan, projected to become a frontline starting pitcher, while Alvarez is considered one of the most exciting catching prospects in the game. Both players saw action at the Mets alternate site in Brooklyn last season, and you could consider each player to be at least two seasons away from making their Major League debuts. With as much hype that surrounds both players, it’s important to remember they are both only 19 years old!
Alvarez is currently ranked as the number one overall top prospect in the Mets system according to MLB.com with Allan following respectively as the organization’s third overall prospect on the farm. On the surface, I firmly believe the Mets front office intends to build their future core around both of these players moving forward.
Yet despite both players not playing above rookie ball, the upside in each player is tantalizing enough that the Mets front office refused to include either player in a potential trade this offseason. There were many reports that the front office had scoffed at a trade for Chicago Cubs third baseman Kris Bryant in which the Cubs wanted Alvarez included in a potential deal this winter.
Alvarez has shown tremendous ability with his bat to this point in his very young career, which has allowed him to catapult up the rankings. However, Alvarez’s defense is the area that needs some work down on the farm before being considered MLB ready. It’s hard to ignore his skillset with the bat and he will certainly garner more national attention on the prospect circuit this year should he continue his ascent this season in full-season ball.
Allan, who has been shadowing current ace Jacob deGrom this spring, also has shown the type of stuff that has many believing he could be the heir to Jacob deGrom’s throne down the road. Allan’s arsenal contains a four-seam fastball, a curveball, and a changeup that already has the front office drooling. Showing consistency with throwing his arsenal will be key for Allan in full-season ball this year, and it’ll be interesting to see ultimately what affiliate he is placed at when the Minor League season begins.