The 5 best Mets prospects opening the season for AA Binghamton

With the Mets' rough start to the season, we now look to the minor leagues for optimism.
Feb 22, 2024; Port St. Lucie, FL, USA;  New York Mets infielder Jett Williams (90). Mandatory
Feb 22, 2024; Port St. Lucie, FL, USA; New York Mets infielder Jett Williams (90). Mandatory / Jim Rassol-USA TODAY Sports
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4. Tyler Stuart

The Mets have had success with prospects that profile as swing guys between the bullpen and rotation. First, we had Seth Lugo in 2018, and then Jose Butto last season, and now in another low-profile right-hander. Selected in the sixth round of the 2022 draft out of Southern Mississippi, 24-year-old Tyler Stuart has defied all expectations. Through 110.2 innings pitched between Brooklyn and Binghamton last season, Stuart posted a 2.20 ERA with 112 strikeouts. His command of the strike zone was impressive, only walking 32 batters.

While Stuart led the minor leagues for much of the season in ERA, many evaluators believe his two-pitch mix is best suited for the bullpen. However, a performance of this magnitude is not accidental and will allow him to remain a starter. Stuart's fastball sits in the mid-90s and is complimented by a low-80s slider that has an enhanced spin rate. We saw this on display when he threw against the New York Yankees this past spring. Should he continue this breakout performance, Sturat will not be in Binghamton long and could make his major league debut by the all-star break.

5. Alex Ramirez

The second most glaring hole on the Mets' roster is arguably their three outfield positions. Aside from Nimmo in left field, nobody roaming center or right field gives fans any confidence. 21-year-old Alex Ramirez will hope to provide more optimism in Binghamton this season. Through 120 games played for Brooklyn last season, Ramirez hit .221 with 7 home runs and 53 RBI. While these statistics are a far cry from his 2022 numbers, Ramirez still played stellar defense in center and right field while stealing 21 bases.

The Mets are hoping their top international signing from 2019 will bounce back to his previous form in 2024. Through 121 games between St. Lucie and Brooklyn in 2022, Ramirez hit .281 with 11 HR and 71 RBI. He complimented this power surge with 30 doubles, 7 triples, and 21 stolen bases. Ramirez has always profiled well defensively, leading many in the organization to believe he is worst-case scenario a fourth outfielder. However, the 21-year-old did enter last season as a top-100 prospect. Since he is already on the 40-man roster, expect Ramirez to rise on the depth chart by the end of this season.