3) NY Mets prospect who will breakout in 2023: Jesus Baez
Ultimately, the next goal is to find the next great Mets prospect. Guys like Amed Rosario, Andres Gimenez, and Francisco Alvarez were big-money international prospects who went from highly touted 16-year-olds to top-level prospects, and in Rosario and Alvarez’s cases, the best prospects in baseball. The Mets, hope to find the next great prospect one day and Jesus Baez seems like an ideal candidate.
The 17-year-old was signed by the Mets for just $275,000 in the 2022 international singing period and looked great. Baez finished his first professional season with the Mets with seven home runs, eight stolen bases, and a stat line of .242/.341/.403. The 44 strikeouts to 26 walks suggest that he still has ways to go, but the combination of speed and power flashed and he was able to maintain a strong on-base percentage.
Baez is far away, far far away. However, that doesn’t mean we can’t dream of another shortstop prospect with good size, speed, power, and defense in the farm system. Among the next group of young, high-upside candidates in the Mets system, Baez has the ability to not only make a top 100 list in the future but become the Mets’ number one prospect. Another strong performance and the hype will come.
The New York Mets have several players at the top of their farm system, but it's the next wave that they’ll always worry about. As players move up and out of the farm system, whether it be in trades or making joining the major league roster, the next group must always be ready to contribute. Three players who could fit that description - were Nick Morabito, Layonel Ovalles, and Jesus Baez. Baez is far away, but Morabito and Ovalles are two players who could make their starts in A-Ball and could move from there.