The New York Mets have one of the older teams in Major League Baseball this year. However, they also have some young and talented prospects who will step into bigger roles at some point this year. These three guys have a chance to be the National League Rookie of the Year, starting with…
Mets Rookie of the Year Candidate #3: Francisco Alvarez
I would say that Francisco Alvarez got a cup of coffee in the Big Leagues in 2022, but that’s a generous description for five games and 14 plate appearances. I’ll say he got a shot of espresso instead.
In those five games he slashed .167/.286/.500/.786 with a homer, a double, one RBI, and three runs scored. Three of his appearances came as a DH, and he caught the other two. The homer was a 439-foot rocket.
In the minors, he slashed .260/.374/.511/.885 with 27 homers, 22 doubles, 78 RBI’s, and 74 runs scored. He started the season in AA Binghamton for 67 games, then got promoted to AAA Syracuse for 45 games.
We know he can hit, but there are still some questions about his defensive abilities. Fans and media personalities alike have been debating whether Alvarez should start the year as a DH option for the Mets or whether he should start the year in AAA so he can catch everyday.
The signing of Omar Narvaez would seem to telegraph that they will demote him to continue his development, which I think is the right call. His long-term development into an everyday catcher is far more important than a few DH at-bats in the short term. He will be up at some point this year, I just think it’s unlikely he starts the year in The Majors, even though he is confident enough to think he belongs there (which is good).