With Spring Training in full swing, New York Mets fans are finally getting to watch their favorite players again after a long four months off. Not only that, but they’re also getting what is likely a first look at some of the young guns in the lower levels of the organization.
With that comes wondering who on the field is important to keep an eye on. I took my best stab at narrowing down that list.
It’s important to note that the most valuable is not the same as the best. Is Darin Ruf right now better than a top prospect currently in the lower levels of the minor leagues? Probably. But is he more valuable? Absolutely not.
It raises some interesting questions about how to value prospects versus players already in the major leagues. Who is more valuable, a proven MLB role player or an unproven minor leaguer with a lot of potential? There is no right answer.
So, with that said, I present the definitive list of the top 50 most valuable players in the Mets organization that I’m sure everyone will agree with.
Just missed the cut: Tim Locastro, Layonel Oliveras, Willy Fanas, Stanley Consuegra, Junior Santos, Tommy Hunter
50) Most valuable player in the Mets organization - Matt Allan
Kicking off the list is Allan, who at one point was as high as a top-3 prospect in the organization. Now, he’s down to No. 23 on MLB Pipeline. Due to multiple elbow injuries, he hasn’t pitched in an official game since 2019. He recently suffered a setback that will keep him out until at least 2024. Once a steal of a 3rd-round pick, Allan’s future is significantly more uncertain.
49) Most valuable player in the Mets organization - Simon Juan
The Mets made Juan their most expensive signing in the 2022 international signing period, giving him $1.9 million. He struggled in Dominican Summer League, hitting just .219 with a .633 OPS over 53 games. Despite this, he’s just 17 years old and doesn’t turn 18 until July. He took a bit of a tumble, but he’s still the No. 29 prospect in the organization. All the reasons why the Mets signed him are still there, he still has more than enough time to grow.
48) Most valuable player in the Mets organization - Jacob Reimer
A 4th-round pick in 2022, Reimer showed some real promise at the plate in his seven games of rookie ball. Going 6-for-23 with a homer, triple, six walks and just three strikeouts, the third baseman showed why the Mets went above slot value to sign him and why he’s now the No. 17 prospect in the organization. Having just turned 19 years old a few weeks ago, he’ll be an interesting player to follow through the different levels of the minors.
47) Most valuable player in the Mets organization - Javier Atencio
A 21-year-old left-hand pitcher, Atencio has improved every year throughout his three seasons in the minors. He went from a 4.75 ERA in rookie ball in 2019 to a 2.44 ERA in rookie ball in 2021 and a 2.27 ERA in Low-A in 2022. Atencio was even named the organizational All-Star at left-handed starting pitcher in 2022. He’s at least a few years out from even threatening the major league squad, but signs are pointing up for the No. 25 organizational prospect.
46) Most valuable player in the Mets organization - Joey Lucchesi
Some Mets fans might have forgotten about Lucchesi after he missed the last season and a half but the southpaw has a chance to be an important piece of the Mets this season. If he’s fully healthy, Lucchesi could be a good option to fill the Trevor Williams role in the bullpen this season. He was hot and cold with the Mets before getting hurt in 2021, but when the churve is on, he can be pretty effective.