2) Ronny Mauricio deserves to be on the NY Mets roster more than Eduardo Escobar
Ronny Mauricio is in a much different situation than Vientos. Now learning to play new positions other than shortstop, his blazing bat could lead to a promotion to the big leagues this season. In fact, it definitely should. Striking now while his bat is hot is something the Mets would be wise to do.
Some of the same roster issues are getting in the way for Mauricio to make the Mets. The only conceivable player to demote at this point for him to replace would be Luis Guillorme. It’s actually not too outrageous. Guillorme hasn’t hit well this year. A solid utility infielder, Mauricio is an offensive spark the Mets may want to try out instead. This becomes especially true if starting spot in the field opens up. Jeff McNeil could always cover either corner outfield spot for a good length of time. This moves Mauricio to the major leagues to play second base regularly and get in some early licks.
The increase in power from Mauricio’s bat has helped make him one of the most relevant Mets prospects again. It was looking like Baty and others had passed him by. A strong year in 2022 and an even better start in 2023 one level higher have helped to remind us all why Mauricio has stayed put with this organization even with Francisco Lindor blocking him at shortstop.
In a lot of ways, Mauricio is a far better fit for the roster right now than Escobar. Far more athletic at his age and only getting better, he may actually be the man to force the Mets to do something about their veteran third baseman.
The Mets actually did send Carlos Beltran to Syracuse for a closer look at Mauricio and Vientos. Will he greenlight the project?