2) Mets prospect Ronny Mauricio has gone from a forgotten top prospect to a recognized power hitter
When the Mets signed Ronny Mauricio back in 2017 from the Dominican Republic for a reported $2.1 million they knew they had a great hitter. Mauricio began to gain a reputation in the Mets farm system until he became the # 1 prospect in the organization above Francisco Alvarez, Andres Gimenez, and Brett Baty.
From this moment on, Mauricio's value began to drop due to his indiscipline at the plate and the increase in ground balls. This made the Dominican prospect a bit of a forgotten youngster on the Mets farm.
However, Ronny Mauricio began to gain muscle that allowed him to continue to evolve his power swing. In his participation in the winter ball of the Dominican Republic, Mauricio exhausted the most number of at-bats with 188 accumulating five home runs, 31 RBIs, 15 doubles, and ten stolen bases to finish with a batting average of .287. and an OPS of .803 thus earning the MVP of the regular series.
With this production, Mauricio came into the preseason prepared to demonstrate this talent against MLB pitchers. So far this spring, he is the team leader in home runs and second in RBIs. He has made all this in more than ten at-bats less than the leader in this last category.
Ronny Mauricio has known how to take advantage of every opportunity at the plate, showing great power in his swing with high exit velocity and distance hits. This demonstration in the preseason has returned Mauricio to the organization's radar as a player with a future thanks to his bat, perhaps not in the shortstop position but being able to move to third base and the outfield.