2) Top Shortstop & Third Base Prospect in Mets Farm System:
Shortstop: Ronny Mauricio
Third Base: Brett Baty
Ronny Mauricio is the most nationally well-known name on this list as he is ranked as the Mets number two overall prospect by MLB.com, and is the next highly regarded shortstop to come through the Mets pipeline following Andres Gimenez and Amed Rosario. However, with Francisco Lindor potentially becoming the cornerstone at shortstop for the Mets, and Mauricio seemingly outgrowing shortstop due to his size, a position change may be in line for the talented 19-year-old.
Mauricio has been lauded for his defensive athleticism and his power potential at the plate. With Mauricio bulking up this past offseason those projections about his power being one of his strengths are going to continue to grow louder. Another full season of development is important for Mauricio who has yet to play above A-ball, but he has the potential to become a star in this league should his development continue as expected.
It was tough to choose between Mark Vientos and Brett Baty for the third base position, as both are highly regarded third base prospects in the Mets system, but I ultimately went with Baty, who is currently ranked as the fourth overall prospect in the Mets farm system by MLB.com. The 21-year-old Baty was the Mets first-round pick back in 2019 out of the Texas Prep ranks, and similar to many of the Mets’ current top prospects, Baty has yet to play above rookie ball.
However, Baty may have the biggest power bat in the Mets system currently and could project as a middle-of-the-order hitter for the Mets in two to three years. Defensively Baty still needs work at the hot corner, as well as becoming more consistent with the bat, but should he display those improvements in full-season ball, he could become one of the elite third-base prospects in the game.