A checkup on the top Mets prospects acquired in last summer's trades

Drew Gilbert was shipped to Flushing from Houston last season in the Justin Verlander trade.
Drew Gilbert was shipped to Flushing from Houston last season in the Justin Verlander trade. / Christopher Pasatieri/GettyImages
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Marco Vargas has been a consistent factor at the top of the St. Lucie lineup, but he hasn't stayed on the field enough.

Marco Vargas has had an interesting start to his season playing for Class-A St. Lucie. He has been in and out of the lineup due to some injuries. But he hadn't played on consecutive days all season until this weekend, where he continued a strong start.

Vargas, who turns 19 on Tuesday, has played just seven games, in which he has eight hits, nine walks in 35 plate appearances, and 10 runs scored, and has reached base safely in every game played so far, while splitting time between shortstop and second base. If he can avoid more injury luck, we could see Vargas get promoted to High-A Brooklyn by the end of the season. He is that skilled of a hitter, and it has shown despite the unusual layoffs between outings.

Vargas was one of two prospects acquired in the trade that sent David Robertson to the Miami Marlins (alongside catcher Ronald Hernandez) and is currently the 8th ranked prospect in the Mets system.

Jeremy Rodriguez is overwhelming his competition in the Complex League.

Upon his arrival to the Mets in the trade that sent outfielder Tommy Pham to the Arizona Diamondbacks, Jeremy Rodriguez experienced a sudden surge in performance, hitting .422 in Dominican Summer League action at just 17 years old. It was good enough for him to start the season 12th on the Mets prospect list on MLB Pipeline.

Last week, he started his second season of pro ball, this time in the Florida Complex League (Rookie class), as one of four players aged 17 or younger (he doesn't turn 18 until July). To his credit, he has played well, albeit in a small sample size. In five games, he has seven hits and five walks in 23 plate appearances, with two extra base hits and four stolen bases. His 197 WRC+ though Sunday's games was the best in the Mets organization at any level. He has hit the ball the other way in more than half of his balls in play so far, which is a good sign.

Rodriguez was primarily a shortstop last season, but this season, he has split playing time between shortstop and third base, and seems to be fine at both positions. This could be one of the steals of the trade deadline if the Mets can get anything out of Rodriguez in the future.