2 Mets prospect who will move up the rankings, 1 who will move down

Which Mets prospects will rise up the rankings and who will drop?

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2. Nick Morabito will move up

The 2022 draft for the Mets featured 4 picks in the first 2 rounds. The additional first-round pick was compensatory for failing to sign Rocker in 2021, while the late second-round pick was for Noah Syndergaard rejecting the qualifying offer and signing with the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim. With the ladder pick, the Mets chose outfielder Nick Morabito from Gonzaga College High School in Washington, D.C. 

In his first glimpse as a minor league ballplayer, Morabito only had 2 hits in 22 at-bats for the Florida Complex League Mets. The slow start had no impact on Morabito in 2023, as he went on to hit a .306 batting average with 21 stolen bases in 57 games. His enhanced eye at the plate, drawing 36 walks, is a great complement to his base-stealing ability. The 20-year-old split time between rookie ball and Single-A St. Lucie, meaning he projects to debut in the majors by 2026 at the earliest.

Morabito was drafted as a shortstop out of high school, though his lack of throwing velocity had the Mets move him to center field. From there, Morabito has used his quick speed to showcase a fascinating defensive profile. However, he does strike out a lot and has not played many games in the minor leagues just yet. Ranked as the Mets’ 27th-best prospect, Morabito is an under-the-radar player to follow in 2024.