15) Most valuable player in the Mets organization - Eduardo Escobar
It wasn’t long ago when it looked like Escobar didn’t even have a place on the Mets roster thanks to the Carlos Correa saga, but now the Mets are going to need to rely on him. He wasn’t great last season, but his offensive struggles were rather uncharacteristic. His .726 OPS was his lowest in a season since 2016 (excluding 2020), but at times he still showed what he is capable of. Over the final month of the season, Escobar was probably the best hitter on the team. In 30 games in September and October, he hit .321 with a .982 OPS and eight home runs, almost half of his total of 20 for the season. If there’s anyone on this roster primed for a bounceback, it’s him.
14) Most valuable player in the Mets organization - Alex Ramirez
One of the most exciting players in the Mets system, Ramirez has the potential to be a true five-tool player. The No. 4 organizational prospect is an excellent defensive centerfielder with a great arm, a lot of speed and a lot of power. The biggest question will be if he can make enough contact to stick, and his early minor league results are promising. In 121 games last year between Low-A and High-A, Ramirez hit .281/.359/.443, putting up an OPS of .782 with 11 home runs, seven triples, 30 doubles and 21 stolen bases. His strikeout and walk rates weren’t ideal, but they also were far from overly troubling. He’s going to need a few more years at least, but at just 20 years old, he has the time.
13) Most valuable player in the Mets organization - Kevin Parada
A standout at Georgia Tech for two seasons, the Mets used the other of their two 1st-round picks to take Parada at No. 11 overall. It didn’t take long for the catcher to become one of the highest-rated prospects in the Mets system, currently ranked at No. 3, only behind Francisco Álvarez and Brett Baty. The two ahead of him will likely graduate by the end of the season, and Parada will take the top spot. In 13 games between rookie ball and Low-A last season, he hit .275/.455/.425, posting a .880 OPS with almost as many walks as strikeouts. If there’s anyone who can be a fast riser through the minors it’s him. Turning 22 years old in August, he could very well only be a year or two out. When he’s ready, he and Álvarez could form a dangerous tandem and split the catching and DH duties.
12) Most valuable player in the Mets organization - Mark Canha
Canha might just be one of the most underrated players in all of baseball. What he does isn’t sexy, but it’s so important — he gets on base. Over 140 games last season, Canha hit .266/.367/.403, good for a .770 OPS, while also leading baseball in hit-by-pitches for the second-straight year. His 122 OPS+ was No. 6 on the Mets and No. 47 in baseball among qualified hitters, better than players like Trea Turner, Will Smith and Corey Seager. Yet for some reason, there’s still a small segment of fans who don’t believe he’s good enough to be an everyday outfielder. You don’t kick the 47th-best hitter in baseball to the curb, especially when he can play all three outfield spots and even third base if you ask nicely enough.
11) Most valuable player in the Mets organization - Brett Baty
The No. 2 prospect in the Mets system and the No. 21 prospect in baseball on MLB Pipeline, Baty is as close to MLB-ready as a prospect can be. He had a short stint with the Mets last season and made headlines by homering in his first at-bat, but other than that largely struggled. However, it was just 38 at-bats, hardly enough of a sample size to draw any conclusions from. He tore up the minors last season, hitting .315/.410/.533, putting up an OPS of .943 and slugging 19 home runs. The biggest question with Baty is where he will play. Third base is occupied by Eduardo Escobar and even Luis Guillorme as the utility infielder. Left field is Mark Canha and left-hand hitting DH is Daniel Vogelbach. Because of this, Baty will likely start the year in Triple-A and be called up whenever the first injury is and inserted into the lineup.