35) Most valuable player in the Mets organization - Tommy Pham
There’s a chance Pham could be too low on this list. If he has a good season and sticks on the roster he would probably move about ten spots higher, but there’s also a possibility he doesn’t make it through the year. Going into his age-35 season on just a 1-year, $6 million deal, the Mets have little commitment to him. Ideally, he’s a good 4th outfielder and DH vs. left-handed pitching. However, if he doesn’t produce, the Mets could easily replace him at the trade deadline.
34) Most valuable player in the Mets organization - Calvin Ziegler
The No. 46 overall pick by the Mets in the 2021 draft, Ziegler ranks as the No. 10 prospect in the organization. His 2022 season was up and down and he dealt with some injury concerns, but it was overall solid. Over 16 starts and 46.2 innings he put up a 4.44 ERA and an impressive 70 strikeouts. His control was not always consistent and the walk numbers will need to come down but his K/9 was one of the best in the organization. With a 60-grade fastball and 60-grade curveball on MLB Pipeline, he’ll be a fun prospect to watch.
33) Most valuable player in the Mets organization - José Butto
The No. 15 prospect in the organization, Butto did make one start with the big league club last season. It didn’t go well, giving up nine earned runs over 4.0 innings, but it was just one game. He has a long history of success in the minors, never having an ERA above 3.86 over five seasons. In 129 innings last year between Double-A and Triple-A he had a 3.56 ERA with 138 strikeouts. He won’t make the opening day roster, but expect to see Butto make at least one spot start this season when needed, if not more.
32) Most valuable player in the Mets organization - Mark Vientos
There’s no denying the power that Vientos has. His 24 home runs ranked No. 4 across the Mets minor leagues last season, behind just Francisco Álvarez, Ronny Mauricio and Daniel Palka. His .877 OPS was third, behind just Brett Baty and Álvarez. On the flip side, he had a 28.6% strikeout rate in Triple-A and 29.3% strikeout rate in his short stint in the majors last season. His ground ball rates also jumped dramatically, up to 48.4% in Triple-A, which isn’t ideal. To top it off, he doesn’t really have a defensive position. He’s not going to be able to stick at third base in the majors and first base is blocked by Pete Alonso. He should probably be traded.
31) Most valuable player in the Mets organization - Omar Narváez
It was just two seasons ago that Narváez was an All-Star. In 2021, he hit 11 home runs with a .743 OPS and 101 OPS+. Not great, but for the standard of the catching position today, it’s well above average. It was a huge step back in 2022 though, playing 84 games with an OPS of just .597. If he can regain his bat, he’ll form a very solid platoon with Tomás Nido, especially since Narváez hits lefty. If not, he’ll still be a very good defensive catcher.