1) Some potential Mets call ups
The great thing about developing talent in the minor leagues is that, when good players come up to the big leagues, it fills a hole on the roster and allows the team to spend money at other positions where they don’t have young talent. There are a few players towards the top of the prospect list we could see in Queens next season, so the team can focus their free agent spending this winter at other positions of need.
I think Kahlil Lee is the most likely call up we see in 2022. After a brief cameo in the majors in 2021, Lee went back to AAA and absolutely crushed the ball. Thanks to his speed, range, and arm strength, he can play any outfield position the Mets need him to. Depending on what happens with Michael Conforto, we could see him sooner than later.
Baty and Vientos are also likely to come up next year. Since both of them have the skill and potential to be a star third basemen or corner outfielders for the Mets, the team doesn’t have to go after someone like Kris Bryant on a huge contract. That money could be better spent on a starting pitcher. Ronny Mauricio is another guy we could see, but he’s farther away and the position he’ll play in the majors remains to be seen with Fransisco Lindor at shortstop for the foreseeable future.
There are a handful of others who could contribute in smaller roles. Carlos Cortes is a candidate to come up as a utility guy or bench player. Jose Butto is a reliever with a great fastball-changeup combo who could eat some innings from the bullpen. Josh Walker is a southpaw starter who rose three minor league levels this year. He struggled a little bit at the end of the season in AAA Syracuse, but if he starts the year there and has some success, he could be a good depth option as a starter or reliever. If Thomas Szapucki is healthy, we’ll be seeing more of him too.
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