The New York Mets are laying in a very vulnerable pool as we inch closer and closer to the MLB All-Star break. Right before this, the 2023 MLB amateur draft will take place, opening up the doors for athletes to punch their dream career ticket, and for teams to secure their future guy. In the mix, the trade deadline will follow these two events, and for the Mets this can be an organizational make or break.
It is without a doubt that Steven Cohen won’t hesitate to rupture the existing Mets roster if the team does not find its way back in the dance of the division. Sitting fourth in the National League East with 18 games behind the Atlanta Braves, the division looks unimaginable, however, it is early with a lot of baseball to be played with regards to wild card contention. How the Mets display themselves and project in the next month will determine if they are buyers or sellers; that being said, there are prospects that the Mets should strongly consider playing the market with and prospects that should be untouchable.
Mets considerable trade-block prospects: RHP Christian Scott
This right-hander, Christian Scott ranks 28th of the Mets top 30 prospects, drafted by New York in the fifth round of the 2021 draft. This young arm poses value to the Mets in the coming years, with estimated time of arrival to the big leagues being 2024. Scott has put up numbers to have his stock and projection at peak of the trade market. In three minor league seasons he’s gone 7-5 with a 3.74 ERA, 113 innings pitched, striking out 136 while walking 33. His 95mph running fastball along with his 84mph slider, and a speed-dropping changeup compliments his IQ and mound capabilities.
As Scott isn’t fully established in his role as of yet, the potential for him to be a starter is evident and the role he can play in the back end of a bullpen is key. Teams employing Scott can see where fits and use his arsenal in demanding scenarios within the farm system. Scott would be of high value in a trade package that could send postseason reinforcements back to Queens.