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Three Mets prospects who will be future stars in years to come

PORT ST. LUCIE, FL - MARCH 08: Ronny Mauricio #2 of the New York Mets in action against the Houston Astros during a spring training baseball game at Clover Park on March 8, 2020 in Port St. Lucie, Florida. The Mets defeated the Astros 3-1. (Photo by Rich Schultz/Getty Images)
PORT ST. LUCIE, FL - MARCH 08: Ronny Mauricio #2 of the New York Mets in action against the Houston Astros during a spring training baseball game at Clover Park on March 8, 2020 in Port St. Lucie, Florida. The Mets defeated the Astros 3-1. (Photo by Rich Schultz/Getty Images)
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PORT ST. LUCIE, FL – MARCH 11: Ronny Mauricio #2 of the New York Mets in the dugout before a spring training baseball game against the St. Louis Cardinals at Clover Park at on March 11, 2020 in Port St. Lucie, Florida. (Photo by Rich Schultz/Getty Images)

A baseball team’s farm system is their ticket to long-term success. Elite prospects with the promise to be the next biggest names in the sport are the reason many top-tier players are traded each season at seemingly no cost. Who among the best on the New York Mets farm will join the ranks to help the Jacob deGroms, Noah Syndergaards, and Dominic Smiths?

Every season mlb.com releases its prestigious ranking of the top 100 prospects in baseball. This season the Mets have four players in the top 100, all of which are 21 years old or younger.

However, it’s these three I suspect will become stars in the big leagues one day.

1) Mets shortstop prospect Ronny Mauricio

Ronny Mauricio passes the eye test with flying colors. Standing at 6’3”, the 20-year-old switch-hitting shortstop showed up to Spring Training looking like he had been living near a squat rack all winter. Impressing statistically in spring as well, Mauricio produced, getting five hits in 14 plate appearances, equalling a .357 batting average.

The Dominican-born infielder was acquired as a 17-year-old during the 2017 international free agent signing period for a then club record of $2.1 million dollars for an international free agent.

In 2019, Mauricio’s most recent full season playing baseball, he led the single-A Met affiliate, the Columbia Fireflies in plate appearances with 504, and produced respectable .268/.307/.357 splits.

Mauricio is ranked as the number two prospect in the Mets organization, and the number 57 ranked prospect overall. Mauricio’s greatest strengths are considered to be his arm as a fielder and his ability to hit for power as a batter. He will begin this season with the single-A St. Lucie Mets.

Mets fans have been missing a world-class third baseman since the glory days of David Wright. Now, especially because of Francisco Lindor’s new contract to be the team’s starting shortstop through the year 2031, it is predicted that Ronny Mauricio will move over to the hot corner as a third baseman for the future. If Mauricio can keep maturing physically and wholly as a ballplayer expect him to be an important bat in the Mets lineup for years to come.

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