2) Jeremiah Jackson
A low-key great trade deadline additions by the Mets last summer, Jeremiah Jackson is an infield prospect we can see a lot from in 2024. Able to play all over the infield, his power bat is what makes him most intriguing.
Jackson has shifted away from being an everyday shortstop where he has logged the most innings in his professional career. A weak defender there, he has had much better results as a second baseman and third baseman. This is perfectly fine for the Mets situation.
Jackson is well on his way to becoming a utility player from the start. While Acuna is viewed as the top prospect in the system and a future everyday player, the verdict on Jackson has yet to arrive. Developing into the team’s next Jeff McNeil isn’t a bad place to start.
It remains perplexing why the Los Angeles Angels got rid of him in exchange for a low-level pitcher like Dominic Leone. Although he hit only .215 in 2022 down in Double-A and has taken a while to develop, Jackson has intriguing tools. Lost in his 22 home run season are the 27 stolen bases he added. Although a massive strikeout threat with 144 in 119 games last season, we can’t demand everything from a guy who can sprinkle in help in so many other places.