The minor league baseball season is so young it hasn’t even learned how to walk yet. However, for those hoping to see some big things from the best New York Mets prospects out there, one only needs to stop off and see what a pair have done for the Port St. Lucie Mets thus far.
Catching prospect Francisco Alvarez has been an absolute beast at the plate—something he has already done as a professional in the past. Joining him in this barrage of runs down in Florida is 2020 first-round draft pick Pete Crow-Armstrong. Together with help from a few other bats in the lineup, the St. Lucie squad looks like an offensive force.
Some numbers from these two Mets prospects and more
Alvarez is 9 for 17 with 3 doubles and a home run after 6 games. He has driven in 5 and has been issued 9 free passes. Word is apparently getting around that this man can swat baseballs into the next county.
Put all of the numbers together in a blender and we get a Mets prospect with a .529/.667/.882 slash line. As unsustainable as it is, this could propel Alvarez to the next level much faster than anticipated.
Crow-Armstrong has been lighting up pitchers, too. He is 9 for 20 with a pair of doubles. His .450/.593/.550 batting line might not carry the same heavy freight as Alvarez’s. Nonetheless, it’s pretty fantastic for his first five games as a professional baseball player.
As if that wasn’t good enough for this one team, Branden Fryman, the son of Travis Fryman, is hitting .353 with a home run and 5 RBI already. He was my choice for a lesser-talked-about shortstop on the farm to keep an eye on this year. So far, he has been impressive.
A bit more north up in Binghamton, we haven’t seen the same early and promising results from notable Mets farmhands. Carlos Cortes is 4 for 19 and Mark Vientos is just 3 for 18. Once promising outfielder prospect Desmond Lindsay has also failed to get off to a good start. He has just a single hit in his first 14 at-bats of the year.
Minor league numbers are never easy to predict for a variety of reasons. Some leagues just cater to pitchers or hitters a little bit more. Other times, a player has simply outgrown the competition and should be in a level higher or vice versa.
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Whatever is in the St. Lucie water, though, should have Mets fans excited. Alvarez and Crow-Armstrong are two of the best young players in the system. It appears each is clearing the path in front of him to make sure he can call Citi Field home in the maybe-not-so-distant-future-after-all.