Baseball America is releasing their top 20 prospects at each position. It should come as no surprise that a pair of Mets first base prospects were named among the top 20 prospects in baseball:
2016 Level: Binghamton Mets
2016 Stats: 130 G, 484 AB, 64 R, 146 H, 29 2B, 2 3B, 14 HR, 91 RBI, 2 SB, .302/.367/.457
MMN Rank: #2
#17 Peter Alonso
2016 Level: Brooklyn Cyclones
2016 Stats: 30 G, 109 AB, 20 R, 35 H, 12 2B, 3B, 5 HR, 21 RBI, 11 BB, 22 K, .321/.382/.587
MMN Rank: #12
Smith’s inclusion on this list comes as no surprise as the 21-year old has quickly made his way through the Mets farm system. So far in his young career, he has shown himself to be a slick fielding first baseman. At the plate, he has shown the ability to hit for a good average and get on base at a high clip. The main question with him was whether he would ever hit for power. He began to answer that question by slugging .492 in the second half.
With Alonso, power is not the question. In fact, the Mets drafted him in the second round of this year’s draft due in large part to his power. So far, that power has translated well to Brooklyn. Defensively, he has the athleticism to play a good first base, but he may not be able to stay at the position due to Smith. Fortunately, Alonso may be able to transition to third base.
Overall, Smith and Alonso are part of what is a promising Mets future. It’s an exciting time to be a Mets fan with a major league roster that promises to compete for a World Series and with players coming through the farm system who could build on the success of the major league team.