Maybe the one shared opinion everyone seems to have about the New York Mets farm system is how good it is at the top and the major fall-off after. Their best prospects are really good ones. Unfortunately, they just aren’t very deep.
No matter. If the players we’re convinced become stars live up to the hype, the team is in great shape. And wouldn’t you know, another guy is on the verge of joining them in that inner circle of “no doubt about it, he’s going to be something special.”
1) NY Mets prospect Francisco Alvarez is going to be a star
I’m a star. I’m a star. I’m a star. I’m a star. I’m a big, bright shining star. It’s what we’re convinced Francisco Alvarez will say when he looks at himself in the mirror before a big game sometime in the future. While he has been slow to adjust to major league pitching, we know better than to dismiss him as one of the brightest members of this organization.
Depending on where you look, Alvarez might be the best prospect in all of Major League Baseball. The often arbitrary listing of young athletes does tend to have some major misses. Tell a Mets fan Alvarez is just another Kevin Plawecki and you’ll start a fight.
Exactly what type of player Alvarez becomes remains the big unknown. He has been consistent at reaching base throughout his professional career. While the batting average has dipped, the OBP and slugging percentage have been very good throughout his rise in the system. We’re all eager to see it happen at Citi Field.
One bittersweet outcome for Alvarez could be that he is less of a catcher and more of a DH by the time he gets regular playing time. This isn’t the worst case scenario considering the team has Kevin Parada in the system. Alvarez as the everyday DH and occasional backstop actually sounds a lot better than the current way the Mets are handling the role with part-time first baseman Daniel Vogelbach. We’ll have to wait a few more years to learn whether or not Alvarez is all bat, no glove or capable enough behind the plate to have the yeoman's share of the work.