How loaded is the National League East with prospects? You know the top New York Mets farmhands well. What about those other teams we see battling with New York for first place?
The division is actually pretty strong when it comes to prospect talent. Using MLB.com’s list of the top 100 prospects right now, the Mets and three of the other teams in the National League East have players within the top 50 and a couple closing in. It’s only the Atlanta Braves who contribute nothing.
So who are these top 10 prospects in the division right now?
10) Best National League East prospect: Marlins, Jacob Berry, 3B/OF
The sixth overall pick from the 2022 draft went to the Miami Marlins. With it they picked up Jacob Berry. A switch-hitter listed as a third baseman and an outfielder, an early guess is he ends up in the latter role.
Berry spent two college seasons blasting home runs and driving in runs. In 545 collegiate plate appearances, he slashed .360/.450/.655.
The Mets won’t have to worry about him for a couple of years. The 21-year-old has a major league ETA of 2025.
9) Best National League East prospect: Marlins, Max Meyer, RHP
Another member of the Marlins to make this list is Max Meyer. The 23-year-old right-handed pitcher was the third overall selection in 2020. He made his major league debut for the Fish earlier this year but an injury put that to rest after two starts and only 6 innings of work.
Meyer was pretty awesome thus far in the minor leagues. In 2022, he tossed 61 innings and gave a 3.69 ERA performance.
Meyer is one of those young arms the Marlins are hoping they can have in a rotation behind Sandy Alcantara for several seasons. The Mets could have some problems hitting against Miami very soon. For now, the Marlins have projects to work on and require patience with several of them.