It’s time to re-examine the New York Mets depth chart, hypothetically at least. There really isn’t all that much more shifting they can do in certain areas. Despite struggles from the corner outfielders and many of the starting pitchers, there aren’t too many simple solutions for the team right now.
Since we last checked in, there has been some movement. I’ve located two who are movin’ on up and another pair falling down.
Moving up the NY Mets depth chart: Francisco Alvarez
There is no doubt Francisco Alvarez is beginning to show us exactly why he has held the title of the best Mets prospect for a while now. His bat is waking up. His defense is more than acceptable. We all expect more growing pains from the kid, however, he certainly looks like he belongs already.
Alvarez began the season in the minors and only because the team knew they’d be without Omar Narvaez for a lengthy period of time was he able to crack the roster. He already leads all catchers on the roster in games played this season. He is quickly establishing himself as not just a platoon-mate but the everyday backstop for this ball club.
Alvarez has yet to capture the baseball world by storm and this might be one of those seasons where his numbers aren’t so impressive by the time we get to the end. What Alvarez has done is prove he should’ve been on the roster from the start. He has clearly worked hard at becoming a better defensive player. It has allowed him to shoot up the depth chart to be the number one catcher on this team even when this next guy falling down it comes back healthy and with some new glasses.