The New York Mets effectively conceded the 2023 season yesterday, trading away their veterans (along with over $100 million) for a revamped farm system. The Max Scherzer and Justin Verlander experiment proved to be a failure, and Billy Eppler and the front office wisely cut their losses.
Whether the Mets do end up taking a step back or not in 2024, these newly acquired prospects figure to make their way to the Mets roster sooner rather than later. These three prospects in particular have garnered some justified excitement from Mets fans, and can soon become part of the Mets young core for the long term.
Luisangel Acuna was the premier acquisition of the deadline and might already be the Mets best prospect
The Mets trading away Max Scherzer become a certainty once he realized they would sell, and even with a no trade clause the Mets were able to get an incredibly high ceiling prospect in return.
At just 21 years old, Luisangel Acuna is rising through the minor leagues quickly. He batted .315 with seven home runs and 42 stolen bases with the Texas Rangers Double A affiliate this season, and continues to improve every season. Most importantly for a young player, Acuna has drastically improved his strikeout percentage. After recording a 26.8 K% in 2022, he is down to 20.9% this season.
Acuna has primarily been a middle infielder during his time with Texas, and would be a fantastic long term replacement for Jeff McNeil in a few seasons. Acuna has all the tools necessary to translate into a top end talent, and the rivalry between him and his brother Ronald would make for some must watch television.