Despite the New York Mets only being at the .500 mark a third of the way through the MLB season, we have still seen some bright spots on this team that gives Mets fan some optimism. Players like Brett Baty, Pete Alonso Jeff McNeil, and Francisco Lindor just to name a few have really stepped up on offense for the Mets when it mattered the most.
But there is one player who struggled a lot when he briefly played last season and at the start of this season that has really stepped up and improved so much to help this Mets offense. That would be catcher, Francisco Alvarez. Alvarez has had such an amazing month of May thus far and with his recent power surge, has become the New York Mets most improved player this season after his struggles.
Francisco Alvarez has been the Mets most improved player
Many people forget that Francisco Alvarez began the season in the minor leagues after having a rough spring training and a rough 2022 season when he briefly played last year. In fact, during the 2022 season when he was with the team at the end of the season, he was only two for 12 that season with one of those hits being a home run. But he still struggled and had problems chasing pitches out of the strike zone and not played well on defense. But when he got the call in mid-April after Omar Narvaez landed on the IL, that meant it was time for Alvarez to come up, and at first, his struggles continued but out of nowhere, he became a force to be reckoned with.
So far in the month of May Alvarez has played great and this past road trip the Mets had against the Cubs and the Rockies was no exception as his power was on full display in those games. In the six games he played, he went eight for 20 with three home runs and drove in eight runs.
His batting average is now nearing the .270 mark after only hitting in the low .220s back in early May so it has been quite a turnaround. Mets fans were probably a bit nervous seeing Alvarez back in the big leagues after a bad Spring but ever since mid-May, he is finally proving why he was the Mets top prospect. He has improved so much that even the Mets probably did not think he would be playing this well as he's only 21. Francisco Alvarez has shown the most improvement on this Mets ball club and he will only get better as the season and his career goes on.