After releasing their Top 100 prospects, Baseball America has begun their positional breakdowns (subscription required). So far, we have seen Baseball America rank Peter Alonso ranked as the ninth best first base prospect in the game and Luis Guillorme as the 14th best second base prospect. With the focus now shifting to shortstops, the Mets find themselves in great position.
Andres Gimenez, MMN‘s top prospect, was ranked as the 11th best shortstop prospect in baseball. The high ranking should come as little surprise as the 19 year old hit .265/.346/.349 in 92 games for the Columbia Fireflies. This performance was all the more impressive when you consider he was both young for the level, and he was making his stateside debut.
Joining Gimenez on the top shortstop list is MMN‘s 11th best prospect, 2017 international free agent Ronny Mauricio. Baseball America’s ranking of Mauricio reflects why the Mets were high enough on Mauricio to give him the highest signing bonus they have ever given an international free agent. The $2.1 million he received surpassed the $1.75 million the Mets gave to Amed Rosario, who coincidentally was rated the third best shortstop prospect last year.
Even with only Gimenez making Baseball America’s Top 100, Baseball America’s positional breakdowns has so far highlighted some of the better prospects in the Mets farm system. When it comes to shortstop, the Mets truly have a number of prospects that should get fans excited about the future.