The Mets system seems to be past its glory days of power arms and cornerstone position players. As it enters a new age, there are many young players who everyone should keep an eye on as they develop. Some of these prospects are familiar to most fans, including the most recent draft picks. Others may turn out to be pleasant surprises. Overall, there is young talent in this organization, and with that said, here is the Mets All 20 And Under Team:
At only 19, James is entering his third season, and he is poised to have a breakout year. We have seen what James can do with him pitching to a 0.52 ERA in his debut. While his ERA might have climbed last year, he did show good command while striking out 10.1 batter per nine innings.
Uriarte enters his fourth professional season, and with another strong season, he could join Tomas Nido as being considered as a legitimate threat to be the Mets catcher of the future. Certainly, his bat is what catches your attention with his hitting .305/.372/.455 with five home rusn and 36 RBI in 52 games for Kingsport.
1B Gavin Garay
Garary, the Mets 2017 26th round draft pick, is the Mets only first base prospect at the age of twenty or under playing stateside. The 20 year old hit .246/.308/.354 in his first professional season, but there remains hope he can replicate his collegiate .357/.402/.568 slash line. Certainly, he did end the season strong hitting .288/.333/.470 with three homers and eight homers over the final month of the season.
With the the shortstop depth ahead of him, it’s likely Guerrero changes positions, and second base could be one of those candidates. As of the moment, he has not had the stats to show he’s a top prospect, but he still has all the tools. If he ever does put them all together, he has a terrific career ahead of him.
3B Mark Vientos
Last year’s second round pick is already one of the top prospects in the Mets farm system. Despite being only 17 when he was drafted, Vientos hit .262/.318/.398 with four homers and 26 RBI. During Spring Training, he has already garnered much attention for what is as promising a bat as there is in the entire Mets farm system. He should prove to be a quick riser, and given his skillset, he may well soon find himself in the Mets third base conversation.
Given his status at the Mets top prospect, Gimenez’s inclusion on this list should come as no surprise. Even with his being potentially blocked from the position by Amed Rosario, he’s shown he coulc very well could become an important part of this franchise’s future. We saw why last year when, as a 19 year old, Gimenez hit .265/.346/.349 for full-season Columbia. He certainly more than held his own in what was his first experience stateside, and he showed everyone he was just scratching the surface. It’s part of the reason why you are seeing his name included on many Top 100 lists this year.
The 20 year old native Puerto Rican had a breakout season last year hitting an impressive .264/.383/.450. One of the reasons for the breakout was much better plate discipline. In Bautista’s first two years as a professional, his walk rate was a paltry 5.6%. Last year, it jumped to a very good 14.3%. If Bautista has truly learned better plate discipline, and can replicate last season, he may force the Mets to give him a longer look as he progresses through their farm system.
The 16 year old outfielder was part of last year’s International Free Agency signing class. Adrian is best known for his power bat and speed, but his defensive upside could be his most interesting trait. Hernandez is said to have a cannon for an arm, and has great range in the outfield due to his plus speed. It should be fun to watch him this year in his first professional season.
The 18 year old is already entering his third year in the Mets system, and it should probably prove to be his most important. After hitting well in the Domincian Summer League, Beracierta struggled in this first season stateside. The hope is the outfielder is better for the experience, and in this upcoming season, he beings to flash the promising power he had when the Mets signed him out of Venezuela.