The Mets can boost a trade for the top prospect of the Houston Astros
The Houston Astros organization does not have the same depth in its farm system as in previous eras. Likewise, the team has a star center field at Double AA, who could be a high-impact player in any organization and who the Mets should target for Justin Verlander.
The Astros' No. 1 prospect and No. 69 in all of baseball, Drew Gilbert is a compact 5 feet and 9 inches player with high-contact skills to get the ball into play and raw power in his swing. He's a lefty hitter with a pull swing who does enough damage to the ball, showing a good amount of extra bases and home run potential.
His skills at the plate are matched by his speed on the bases. Gilbert has a current and future speed rating well above the league average in MLB right now, making him a potential player with the ability to steal 30-40+ bases per season.
Gilbert also has a powerful arm that, in combination with the speed of his legs, allows him to cover the center field position with ease, being able to be elite in the corner outfield. The Astros' top prospect could be ready to make his MLB debut as early as 2025.