2) Ronny Mauricio
Ronny Mauricio had the most exciting start to his major league career as any of the Baby Mets simply because he didn’t fall off a cliff as quickly as the others happened to. He ended the year with much more pedestrian numbers, slashing .248/.296/.347 in 108 opportunities. Mauricio was exciting, but he also suffered from many of the troubles plaguing rookies. His 31 strikeouts in 26 games put him on pace for 193 Ks in 162 games. The sample size is too small to either buy into or sell him too hard in either direction.
His place on this list isn’t anything new. As a shortstop prospect, he was an obvious trade candidate for the Mets because of the presence of Francisco Lindor. Mauricio has moved to playing second base and third base at the major league level. The trouble here is he has competition at third base and the much more highly-touted Luisangel Acuna in the minor leagues likely to challenge for any role Mauricio could win on the Mets roster.
Mauricio’s fate could lie in what the Mets decide to do at third base. A platoon with Mauricio and Brett Baty is sort of acceptable as long as the Mets are vastly improved elsewhere. Letting the kids figure it out on the job completely in 2024, however, feels too dependent on hope.
Unlike Vientos who has been exposed for his poor defense, Mauricio feels like a useful asset in Queens or through a trade. His ability to play shortstop should make him more intriguing in any negotiations.