3 Mets prospects who are obvious trade bait, 2 whose fate has yet to be determined

Which Mets prospects are bound to get traded and whose fate may be decided in 2024?

Feb 17, 2023; Port St. Lucie, FL, USA; New York Mets catcher Kevin Parada during spring training
Feb 17, 2023; Port St. Lucie, FL, USA; New York Mets catcher Kevin Parada during spring training / Rich Storry-USA TODAY Sports
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Mets prospect Alex Ramirez can decide his fate in 2024

Alex Ramirez was another prospect who came into the 2023 season well-hyped only to fall flat. Present on the team’s 40-man roster in order to protect him from the Rule 5 Draft, the clock has already begun to tick on him.

Through three professional seasons, Ramirez has hit .254/.328/.380. His crown jewel season came in 2022 when he graduated from St. Lucie to Brooklyn. The year featured a .281/.346/.436 slash line, 11 home runs, and 21 stolen bases.

The Mets chose to keep Ramirez in Brooklyn in 2023 and the performance never warranted a promotion. This time, he hit .221/.310/.317 with 7 home runs and 21 stolen bases. His walk total did increase despite fewer plate appearances. The drop in the number of total bases from 217 to 145 is one of the more significant results.

Ramirez had been viewed as a possible future center fielder for the Mets. While not completely written off, the emergence of Jett Williams has by far overtaken anything Ramirez was projected to become.

A 21-year-old outfielder with Ramirez’s tools will always have value on the trade market. Right now, he’s on the fringe of becoming an obvious trade candidate. How he does in 2024 will determine where he fits in. Another bad year and he might just become a lost soul in the farm system. If he plays well, the Mets will have to think if he’s a part of the future or someone to sell at a high.