The Mets front office has proven to be aggressive over their first two drafts. Last year we saw them manipulate their draft pool, ultimately landing Matt Allan (who most thought would be unsignable). These year they loaded up with their first three selections, before saving on their final three picks to ensure they had the resources to sign them all. All three of those picks find their way into the new Top 10 prospect list, so let’s see where and why they fall where they do:
- Peter Crow-Armstrong (OF, Grade – B)
- Andres Gimenez (SS, Grade – B)
- Ronny Mauricio (SS, Grade – B)
- Matt Allan (RHP, Grade – B)
- Brett Batty (3B, Grade – B)
- Francisco Alvarez (C, Grade – B-)
- J.T. Ginn (RHP, Grade – B-)
- Mark Vientos (3B, Grade – B-)
- David Peterson (LHP, Grade – C+)
- Isaiah Green (OF, Grade – C+)
Why Crow-Armstrong at #1?
Maybe it’s more indicative of the questions facing some of the other prospects in the Mets’ system, though that’s not to downgrade Crow-Armstrong and his upside. Talk has been that he’s the best defender available in the draft at any position, so the questions come down to his bat. It appears to be unanimous that he can hit, the questions focus on his power potential. Here are a few notes in regards to that:
- Courtesy of MLB.com – “While he’s clearly hit over power, he’s stronger than some people think and there should be pop in the future, with some of that strength and power showing up before things were shut down.”
- Courtesy of Baseball America – “Some see below-average power, while others believe he is a good enough hitter that he’ll run into more home runs than his raw power would indicate.”
There’s no questioning his potential, and it gives the Mets a strong future up-the-middle with Crow-Armstrong and some intriguing shortstop prospects.
Why Ginn at #7?
Ginn was a first round pick by the Dodgers in 2018, but he ultimately didn’t sign and went to Mississippi. Entering the year he was viewed as a potential pick in the top half of the first round, though Tommy John surgery ended that. Obviously the assumption is that he’ll be able to recovery fully, and if he does he features an impressive three-pitch mix:
- Fastball – “His fastball has impressive velocity, but the pitch’s life and running action makes it even more impressive.” – Baseball America
- Slider – “His wipeout slider can be just as difficult to hit, combining mid-80s velocity with two-plane depth” – MLB.com
- Changeup – “He also gets good downward action on his changeup, which shows flashes of becoming a plus offering.” – MLB.com
You can argue that a healthy Ginn has more upside than last year’s third round selection, Matt Allan, and he could emerge as the best prospect in the system.
Why Green at #10?
There are a lot of questions surrounding Green, though the upside is impressive and he could prove to be a steal as a supplemental second round selection:
- Defensive Home – Currently a centerfielder, the consensus appears to be that he’ll shift to leftfield
- Power – Most think he’ll develop power as he matures, though he’s a solid hitter who has drawn some impressive comparison. Just look at this quote, courtesy of Baseball America, “He drives the ball hard with ease, drawing comparisons to Garret Anderson and Michael Brantley, and projects as a consensus plus hitter with a chance to hit .300 in his best years. Greene’s power is still developing, but he has plenty of room to get bigger and stronger and makes enough hard contact to project above-average power.”
To view our entire preseason Top 10, including our reports on each prospect, click here.
Sources – MLB.com, Baseball America
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