25) Most valuable player in the Mets organization - Brooks Raley
Brought in this offseason to help fill the void that was the left-handed reliever role last season, Raley could be the most important Mets reliever not named Edwin Díaz. The southpaw pitched in 60 games for the Rays last season with a 2.68 ERA, and held lefties specifically to a .155 batting average. The Mets still only have one left-hand pitcher in their bullpen (unless Lucchesi or David Peterson makes the opening day roster), but it’s a big upgrade over last season.
24) Most valuable player in the Mets organization - Carlos Carrasco
At this point in Carrasco’s career, he’s a capable starting pitcher — and that’s perfectly fine. The Mets aren’t asking him to be an ace. They’re not even asking him to be a middle-of-the-rotation starter. Carrasco is their No. 5, and he’s better than most teams’ No. 5 starter. He wasn’t great last year by any measure, and he did have a small injury that made him miss some time, but he wasn’t bad. He was really good at times and he was really bad at times, ultimately evening out to about average on the year. Being average though, for the last starter, is very good.
23) Most valuable player in the Mets organization - Adam Ottavino
Mets fans didn’t know what to expect from Ottavino going into last season, as he combined for a 4.59 ERA with the Yankees and Red Sox over the previous two years. What they got though was one of the premier setup men in all of baseball. Over 66 games and 65.2 innings, Ottavino posted a 2.06 ERA and 0.975 WHIP, both close to his career bests. The Mets then brought him back on a one-year deal with a player option for a second, ensuring that he can hand the ball off to Diaz for at least one more season. If he can continue to have success and the Mets’ new additions play as expected, the Mets could very well have the best bullpen in baseball.
22) Most valuable player in the Mets organization - Daniel Vogelbach
Despite being a fan favorite, Vogelbach is actually one of the most underappreciated players on the Mets roster. Yes, he is a very niche player, but what he does well, he does REALLY well. After the Mets acquired him last season and started giving him at-bats almost exclusively against right-handed pitching, he thrived. In 55 games with the Mets, Vogelbach hit .255/.393/.436, good for an .830 OPS and 139 OPS+. It’s a much smaller sample size, but only Pete Alonso and Jeff McNeil had a higher OPS+ in a Mets uniform last season. Yes, he strikes out looking more than desired and that can be frustrating, but it’s just part of his game. Ultimately, it works. He’s an on-base machine. As long as the Mets keep him in his role of only hitting against right-handed pitching, he should continue to thrive.
21) Most valuable player in the Mets organization - Dominic Hamel
A 3rd-round pick in the 2021 draft, Hamel shot up the Mets’ prospect rankings in 2022, his first full season. Over 25 games between Low-A and High-A, Hamel pitched 119 innings to the tune of a 3.25 ERA and 145 strikeouts. Now, he’s lined up to be the No. 3 starter for Team Puerto Rico in the upcoming World Baseball Classic. The Mets do not have a ton of highly touted starting pitching prospects close to the majors, but Hamel, already 23 years old, could be just that in a year or two.