Why the Mets should call up Ronny Mauricio over Mark Vientos
The New York Mets offense has been sputtering as of late and have now dropped below .500 after losing two out of three to the Colorado Rockies at home. With the Mets offense just not being able to do anything as of late and the Braves seem to run away with the NL East, Mets fans beg the question, when or if are Mark Vientos or Ronny Mauricio going to get the call to the major leagues?
Both of these top prospects for the Mets are off to raking starts in the minor leagues this season with Vientos already slashing 10 home runs this season and Mauricio also finding sucess hitting six home runs to begin the season with a .333 batting average. While both players expect to get the call at some point, Ronny Mauricio should get the call first over Mark Vientos.
1) Mauricio and McNeil can both share playing time who both play second base for the Mets
This makes the most sense, McNeil is an experienced and good outfielder and with Mauricio being a second baseman himself, I can see McNeil becoming the Mets new leftfielder. Besides, fellow leftfielder Mark Canha is on a contract year and with him not being off to a great start with the bat hitting only .224, I can see a scenario where the Mets trade either at or near the trading deadline. So placing Jeff McNeil out in left can help Mauricio adjust to the big leagues with ease playing in his familiar spot as he did in Triple-A.
2) No room on the roster for Vientos yet
I do not see a place on this Mets roster where Vientos can play, at least not yet. Though we may see him up in the big leagues at some point to be in the DH spot or somewhere else, I think there is still no room for him on this team. I get that some Met fans do not like players like Daniel Vogelbach or Tommy Pham to play in the DH spot with their seasons being up and down so far, but that veteran presence is something that the Mets can rely on in big spots during games. Vogelbach can hit for power and come up big when it matters the most and Pham can also still contribute to this club on offense.
3) Mauricio can hit and has a great glove
Many say defense wins championships and that's exactly what Ronny Mauricio can bring to the table. Having him paired up with both Francisco Lindor and Brett Baty along with Pete Alonso is a pretty good infield. This Mets infield is already good but I think adding Ronny Mauricio who looked sharp at fielding ground balls and turning double plays during Spring Training can help this team big time when he gets the call up.