Predicting how many games these 4 Mets prospects will play in 2023
By Zak Musso
3) NY Mets prospect: Francisco Alvarez
The Mets number one prospect will play less than 50 games in the big leagues this season. Billy Eppler has consistently preached how valuable strong defense is, and Alvarez does not yet fit the bill. He needs time to develop as a catcher.
The 21-year-old is by far the best offensive catcher in the Mets organization. That fact could lead Alvarez to force his way onto the roster sooner rather than later. Tomas Nido and Omar Narvaez are both great defensive catchers, but offer very little at the plate.
Alvarez hit 26 home runs in 2022. The young Mets catcher has walked at a high clip at every level of his minor league. His offensive game is fully ready for MLB pitching.
The Mets want the 21-year-old to fully develop as a catcher, which means they will not let him DH, a role he filled last season. The young catcher played in just 45 Triple-A games in 2022. A full season in the top level of the minor leagues will let the youngsters' game fully develop.
As the season progresses, the Mets will realize offense and power win in October, which will lead to Alvarez playing a lot down the stretch.