The New York Mets are making it a priority to value their prospects to a high level this offseason. Instead of giving up on their plethora of mid-upper tier prospects in trades, they have opted for short-term or minor-league contracts. In large part, this has been done to focus on building a contender in 2025-26 rather than 'go all in' for 2024. This is also in part due to the rather inactivity across all 30 major league ballclubs, not named the Los Angeles Dodgers.
With the supplement of prospects from the 2023 draft and trade deadline deals, some players have gone under the radar. In reviewing MLB Pipeline's top 30 list from the beginning to end of 2023, many new faces have entered and exited the hierarchy of talent. This is not necessarily due to the trade deadline deals that brought back Luisangel Acuna and Drew Gilbert. Much of this is due to a lack of performance that went unnoticed in favor of the 'new shiny objects' we just acquired. Who are the top 3 prospects that are now in a make-or-break year for the Mets' future?
1. Matthew Allan
This young right-hander has been forgotten about for obvious reasons. Drafted out of Florida's Seminole High School in the 3rd round of 2019, Allan was considered one of the top 18-year-old arms in the country. For a team to have taken him away from his commitment to the University of Florida, they would have to pay a hefty price, especially with Scott Boras representation. Brodie Van Wagenen took this risk in 2019 and signed Allan to a bonus worth $2.5 million.
Going over the 3rd round slot value by millions came with big expectations for Allan. He immediately became the Mets' top pitching prospect in 2020 having only thrown 10.1 innings in 2019 between rookie ball and Class A Brooklyn. During the Covid shortened 2020 season, Allan was an invitee to the Mets' practice squad given the minor league season cancellation. It seemed as though Allan was on the fast track to making his major league debut at just 20 years old.
Since spring training in 2021, Allan has not thrown a single professional pitch. He has undergone two Tommy John Surgeries causing him to miss all of 2022 and 2023. It is unclear when Allan will pitch in 2024 and has had no media coverage since undergoing his second surgery last January. If Allan were to pitch in the minor leagues this season, he would be on an innings limit. Though he is still just 23 years old, Allan will have to show he can pitch this season for the Mets to still consider him a prospect.