J.T. Ginn just needs innings to appear in the Future’s Game
J.T. Ginn doesn’t get all that much attention as a Mets prospect. The reason for this is simple: we have only seen him pitch a handful of innings.
Currently with the St. Lucie Mets, Ginn has put together a fine start to his career. Drafted in 2020 in the second round, Ginn came to the professional ranks having already undergone the pitcher’s rite of passage: Tommy John Surgery.
It’s kind of amazing that someone can pitch only 86.1 college innings, undergo major surgery, and still get drafted as high as Ginn did last year. Add in how effective he has been thus far this season and the Mets may have ended up with a real gem.
Already 22, Ginn is someone we could see rise up pretty quickly through the farm system. This year was all about maintaining his health. Next season could be the one where he starts to make some serious progress and becomes one of those distant candidates to debut a little sooner than expected.
The Mets do have several young pitching prospects at the lower levels that could compete for a spot on the National League Future’s Game roster next season. Ginn is the clear-cut favorite at the moment among all of the arms.
Between him and Mauricio, I find the latter as a more likely Future’s Game candidate for 2022. Ginn may need to wait another season before he gets his call to represent the Mets at a big league park the day before the Home Run Derby.