The New York Mets have some very talented prospects in the upper levels of the minor leagues. Some of them could be up as soon as September, but there’s one who could find himself on the roster sooner.
Fans have wanted him promoted for months now. Could he be on the major league roster sooner than later?
Mark Vientos is the prospect who could be on the Mets roster soon.
Honestly, had the Mets not overpaid for Darin Ruf, Vientos might be on the Major League roster right now. Approaching the deadline, fans and reporters alike speculated that Vientos might be called up if the Mets didn’t acquire someone who could DH against lefties.
Vientos has impressed in AAA Syracuse. He’s hitting .267/.351/.517/.868 with 19 homers, 13 doubles, 56 RBI’s, and 49 runs scored. The righty has excellent numbers against lefties. He’s slashing .344/.411/.763/.1.175. 11 of his homers have come off of lefties.
There are still questions about him defensively. He’s played mostly third base, but he’s made nine errors in just 40 games, so he isn’t really an option there long term. He’s also played 26 games at first base, but obviously he’s blocked there by Pete Alonso.
His bat is what’s going to get him to the Big Leagues, and he’ll have to hit to stay there. The DH role would be perfect for him. This makes the acquisition of Ruf even more puzzling, considering Vientos doesn’t cost two prospects and a major leaguer, he’s younger, and he’s cheaper.
I look forward to seeing Vientos when he gets his chance. The power is real, so he’ll add some legitimate thump to the Mets’ lineup or bench. I think we’ll see him at some point in September, but it could be even sooner depending on the injury situation with Jeff McNeil and Eduardo Escobar. I guess we’ll find out over the next few days.