In his new role as the New York Mets Assistant General Manager, Carlos Beltran’s job has been somewhat undefined. Speaking to reporters on Wednesday, Beltran had a lot to say about his plans and who he hopes to help out most.
It’s the Mets minor leaguers Beltran wants to focus on most. A natural fit for a team with several guys knocking on the big league door and a whole bunch of veterans who already know what they’re doing, it’s a part of the job description we should hope everyone embraces.
How Mets Assistant General Manager Carlos Beltran can help the minor leaguers most
Along with scouting, working directly with players in different ways can have its benefits. Every Mets minor leaguer can benefit from hearing about what it takes to play in New York. Both a fan-favorite and a guy many crushed after the 2006 NLCS, he knows both extremes of the fandom.
Working with the Spanish-speaking minor leaguers seems likely. He can also pass along plenty of knowledge to guys who need to improve their outfield defense. Beltran didn’t accidentally win three Gold Gloves with the Mets.
Outfield prospect Alex Ramirez would seem to be one of the players who could benefit in every which way possible. The 20-year-old from the Dominican Republic has all the right stuff to be a well-rounded major leaguer. There might not be a better mentor for him than Beltran.
Brett Baty and Mark Vientos should squeeze in some hours with Beltran, too. Being able to play the outfield would make them immensely more valuable. Even if neither ends up playing left field as their primary position, Beltran could at least find a few parts of their game to improve upon.
Then there are all of those other prospects we don’t really pay much attention to. Those guys not yet in the picture to have an impact on the 2023 season should still get in line. Be a sponge. Absorb it all.