MLB Pipeline’s newest top prospect list is now in, and it now includes players whom the New York Mets selected in the MLB Draft last month. The top of the Mets’ prospect board is now full of players that weren’t in the organization prior to July 17, with three of the team’s top eight prospects, and five of the top 18, were 2022 draft picks, and it is proof the Mets had an excellent draft, with MLB Pipeline claiming that the Mets had the best draft class among the 30 clubs.
Mets catching prospect Kevin Parada debuts as the Mets’ No. 3 prospect and the No. 40 overall on the chart.
We discussed on Monday what to expect from Parada, whom the Mets took with the 11th overall pick in the draft in July. He was considered by some to be the steal of the draft, Parada was ranked the sixth best player on MLB Pipeline’s draft board and he fell to the Mets at 11. The best available approach worked for the Mets that entire week, and Parada was the strongest example of that.
Parada is set to make his professional debut on Friday for the FCL Mets before he is expected to move up to Class-A St. Lucie once the FCL season ends on Tuesday.
Mets shortstop prospect Jett Williams begins as the Mets’ fifth ranked prospect, while falling just short of the Top 100 overall list.
Jett Williams has the makings of a special talent in the major leagues, as the Mets took a chance at him with the 14th overall selection. It was considered by some to be a reach (MLB Pipeline ranked him No. 21 of the draft prospects), but for someone like him to model his game off Jose Altuve and Alex Bregman (no buzzers or trash cans please, of course) and Mookie Betts, it gives the organization some hope.
That hope has been on display at the FCL in his first week as a pro. Williams has been really good to start his career with the FCL Mets, batting .273 with an .870 OPS. He clubbed his first professional home run on Monday.
Mets’ second round pick Blade Tidwell debuts as the Mets’ No. 8 prospect and the top pitching prospect.
Tidwell’s last meaningful outing before the draft was in the Super Regionals for Tennessee against an upstart Notre Dame team where he got roughed up, giving up three home runs and five earned runs in just three innings. Tidwell hopes to throw that away as he made his Class-A debut on Tuesday, recording five outs without giving up a run.
The fact that he is the team’s best pitching prospect showed how barren the old regime left their pitching farm system behind and Tidwell looks to elevate the organization’s pitching profile, so Billy Eppler and company bolstered the Mets’ pitching in the minors with this selection and hope he can come to fruition.
The Mets had two more draft picks land on their top prospects chart in Nick Morabito and Jacob Reimer.
The Mets were rewarded with compensatory pick after the second round when Noah Syndergaard signed with the Los Angeles Angels, and used it to take Nick Morabito, who is the 14th ranked prospect on the Mets after the draft. Morabito saw his first action as a pro with the FCL Mets last Saturday, where his strengths are his bat-to-ball skills and his speed.
Jacob Reimer was the Mets’ fourth round pick in the draft and starts as the 18th best prospect in the Mets’ organization. His passport to the major leagues will be his bat, as he hit over .400 in his career on his varsity baseball team at Yuacipa High School, and he had a big day earlier this week, hitting a home run, a triple, and driving in six runs on Monday.