This season, the New York Mets have seen exciting prospect Brett Baty make his MLB debut. It was a memorable one as he homered on his first swing in a key victory over the Braves.
We've also seen the debuts of Nick Plummer, Jose Butto, and even Nate Fisher. All three players have had an impact on the 2022 club.
Looking forward to next season, there are even more prospects on their way to the bigs.
1) NY Mets rookie guaranteed to make his debut in 2023: Eric Orze
Eric Orze was the Mets fifth round pick in the pandemic-shortened 2020 MLB draft. Orze was the final played picked by the Mets and is the only player in the organization remaining from that draft.
Virtually every Mets reliever not named Drew Smith and Joely Rodriguez is hitting free agency. This means that the Mets will likely have to revamp a good chunk of their bullpen. This gives Orze a legitimate shot at making the 2023 Opening Day roster.
This season has been up and down for the right hander. He got off to a slow start but since June 1st he has a 3.28 ERA in 24.2 innings pitched (17 appearances).
He's shown great strikeout stuff (12.7 K/9) and has done a nice job limiting walks (2.2 BB/9). What's plagued Orze this season is the home run ball. He's allowed 1.8 HR/9 which could be worse, but isn't great. Fortunately, he's allowed just three home runs since June 1st.
The 24 year old would be a cheaper option to try out in the bullpen for next season. I think he might've gotten a shot this season but he spend over a month on the sidelines with injury.
For a team in dire need of depth, the 19th ranked prospect in the Mets system would provide quality depth.