Keith Law Drops Mets Top Prospect List

By Jacob Resnick

January 29, 2018 3 Comments

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After naming his top 100 prospects in baseball last week, ESPN Insider Keith Law released his list of the top 23 minor leaguers in the Mets system on Monday. The group is led by David Peterson, who Law had previously named as the 58th best prospect in the game.

Here’s the Mets list:

  1. LHP David Peterson
  2. SS Andres Gimenez
  3. RHP Justin Dunn
  4. 1B Peter Alonso
  5. SS Mark Vientos
  6. LHP Anthony Kay
  7. LHP Thomas Szapucki
  8. OF Desmond Lindsay
  9. SS Ronny Mauricio
  10. Jordan Humphreys
  11. RHP Chris Flexen
  12. SS Gavin Cecchini
  13. SS Luis Guillorme
  14. RHP Marcos Molina
  15. RHP Tyler Bashlor
  16. C Tomas Nido
  17. 3B Jhoan Urena
  18. C Patrick Mazeika
  19. OF Quinn Brodey
  20. 3B David Thompson
  21. RHP Corey Oswalt
  22. RHP Gerson Bautista
  23. SS Gregory Guerrero

Law wasn’t discouraged by Dunn’s poor showing in St. Lucie last season, reasoning that the Short-Season-to-High-A promotion may have been more aggressive than it usually is for the typical first-round pick. Law has also been enamored by Szapucki, who, had it not been for Tommy John surgery, would have been in consideration for the top 100 list.

Among position players, Alonso is the only one Law sees as being a productive major leaguer, at present. While Gimenez and Vientos are too far away to tell for sure, there are also injury concerns with Lindsay, and the below-average bats of Cecchini, Guillorme, and Nido might not bode well for them going forward.

One extremely encouraging blurb is the one accompanying Kay, where Law said “Anthony Kay was badly overworked at UConn as an amateur and needed Tommy John surgery when the Mets signed him, but he was back for instructs in the fall, touching 95 in short outings with a plus changeup and average breaking ball. He could be primed for a big jump with a healthy 2018.” It will be interesting to see where the Mets ultimately decide to assign Kay to begin the 2018 season, but he’s clearly got loads of potential and is worth watching anywhere he plays.