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NY Mets Top Prospects: Major league ETAs for the best on the farm

WEST PALM BEACH, FL - MARCH 11: The New Era cap, Nike sunglasses and Wilson glove of Michael Conforto #30 of the New York Mets during a spring training baseball game against the Houston Astros at Fitteam Ballpark of the Palm Beaches on March 11, 2019 in West Palm Beach, Florida. The Astros defeated the Mets 6-3. (Photo by Rich Schultz/Getty Images)
WEST PALM BEACH, FL - MARCH 11: The New Era cap, Nike sunglasses and Wilson glove of Michael Conforto #30 of the New York Mets during a spring training baseball game against the Houston Astros at Fitteam Ballpark of the Palm Beaches on March 11, 2019 in West Palm Beach, Florida. The Astros defeated the Mets 6-3. (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 action against the St. Louis Cardinals during a spring training baseball game at Clover Park at on March 11, 2020 in Port St. Lucie, Florida. (Photo by Rich Schultz/Getty Images)

Ronny Mauricio: Brooklyn Cyclones High-A Affiliate

Of all the Mets top prospects, SS Ronny Mauricio’s looming major league promotion poses many interesting questions owing to the team’s blockbuster trade acquisition of superstar SS Francisco Lindor in return for former starting shortstop, Amed Rosario, and 2020 break-out Mets rookie, Andreas Gimenez.

Currently the No. 58 prospect in baseball, Mauricio – who, like Lindor, is also a switch hitter – has been turning heads since Spring Training 2020 when he displayed his plate discipline and agility in the field.

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Apart from the praise he has received for his fielding ability, former Mets manager Terry Collins complimented his plate discipline last spring 2020 before everything was shut down. His mechanics at the plate have also received praise and recognition as a sign of him becoming a formidable bat in the lineup.

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As things stand now, there is no rush to promote the young infielder. Rain or shine, Lindor will be at the top of the Mets diamond for the next 10 years. However, if the Mets can shift Mauricio to third base, then they might have caught lightning in a bottle on the left side of their infield.

With Lindor on the team, if Mauricio can translate his athleticism to third then he’ll start as a plus defender with an offensive profile – which you love to see at the hot corner.

The 20-year-old has already demonstrated a willingness to switch positions, saying he’d feel comfortable trying out second or third. Mauricio has also gained a lot of muscle mass to help fill out his 6’3 frame, making third base a likely destination once he makes his big-league debut.

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