2) NY Mets rookie guaranteed to make his debut in 2023: Mark Vientos
There are a lot of questions about Mark Vientos and his upcoming debut. I felt he had done well enough to warrant a call-up this season, but the Mets disagreed.
I have no idea what team Mark Vientos will be on to make his MLB debut. I have no idea what position he will play when he does make his debut. I just know he is going to make his debut in 2023. The bat is too good to ignore.
Vientos got off to a slow start just like Orze, but since May 1st has slashed .304/.380/.568 with 22 home runs and 63 RBI. That's a very large sample size of elite production all in AAA.
Vientos has also crushed left-handed pitching all season, slashing .336/.409/.746 with 13 of his 23 total home runs. With the Mets having a need against lefties, it's puzzling that they didn't at least give him a chance before the deadline with how poorly J.D. Davis was playing.
This also makes it confusing why he wasn't dealt at the trade deadline since his bat is so clearly MLB-ready.
The one flaw Vientos had offensively was his strikeout rate which he has improved drastically as the season has progressed.
The only reason I can think of that he is still in AAA is because of his defense. Vientos came up as a third baseman but it's pretty clear he couldn't play there at the highest level. The Mets have tried him in left field and at first base, but he just doesn't have a position.
With Daniel Vogelbach and Darin Ruf both under contract next season as well, it's hard to see a path to playing time for Vientos in Flushing. This could mean he is traded, or the Mets could just cut bait with Ruf who has struggled so far in Queens.
The seventh ranked prospect in the Mets system will make his debut for a team in 2023. Not sure it'll be this one though.