30) Most valuable player in the Mets organization - Blade Tidwell
The No. 52 overall pick in the 2022 draft, Tidwell got just a taste of the minor leagues last season. In five starts and 9.1 innings, Tidwell gave up just two earned runs, struck out 11 and walked seven. The Mets No. 7 organizational prospect, MLB Pipeline has him with a 60-grade fastball, 60-grade slider and 55-grade changeup. Standing at 6-foot-4, he is now the top-ranked pitching prospect in the organization. He’s a long way away from the big leagues, but give it a few years and he could really make some noise.
29) Most valuable player in the Mets organization - David Robertson
It will be interesting to see where the Mets deploy Robertson this season, as his role is not obvious. He picked up 20 saves last year with Cubs and Phillies, but the Mets already have their closer in Edwin Díaz. They even have their eighth-inning man in Adam Ottavino, who the Mets brought back after a great 2022. Robertson will probably just be deployed wherever and whenever he’s needed as well as filling in for Díaz and Ottavino when they need days off. It’s a luxury to have a reliever as good as Robertson and not need him to set up or close, and he’s not even the only one the Mets have like that.
28) Most valuable player in the Mets organization - Drew Smith
At times, Smith is one of the most exciting arms on the Mets roster. With a live arm and a nice arsenal of pitches, he looks like he has the making of a high-caliber big-league reliever. The downside is he’s missed a significant portion of time each of the past two seasons due to injury. In 2021 he pitched in just 31 games, and in 2022 it was just 44. For reference, Robertson appeared in 58, Díaz 61 and Ottavino 66. If Smith can stay healthy, he can be a very valuable piece to the Mets bullpen.
27) Most valuable player in the Mets organization - Tomás Nido
Narvaez is a very good defensive catcher, but Nido is nothing short of elite. On the Baseball Prospectus catching leaderboards, Nido is the No. 2 ranked catcher in all of baseball basically across the board. He is No. 2 in catcher defensive adjustment, No. 2 in deserved runs prevented, No. 2 in framing runs and No. 2 in blocking runs. Sure, his bat isn’t good. He only had a .600 OPS last season, and that was his best over the four seasons where he’s played double-digit games. The value he brings behind the plate though just can’t be understated. There’s a reason the Mets extended him through 2024 despite Narváez having a 2024 player option and Francisco Álvarez knocking on the door. He is elite behind the plate, and that matters.
26) Most valuable player in the Mets organization - Ronny Mauricio
One of the most polarizing prospects in the Mets organization, Mauricio certainly has some tantalizing traits. The soon-to-be 22-year-old stands at 6-foot-3 and has some of the most power of anyone in the organization, and his 26 home runs last year were tied for second-most in the Mets minor leagues. He also had a 23.1% strikeout rate and just 4.4% walk rate in Double-A last season. With Francisco Lindor blocking him at shortstop for the next decade and Brett Baty ahead of him at third base, a likely scenario is the Mets trading Mauricio. Hopefully whatever team gets him looks at his three spring training home runs (and counting) and not his sub-.300 on-base percentage each of the past two seasons.