When Paul DePodesta left the Mets after the 2015 season, he had left the minor league system in great shape. Across the board, the Mets had talented and high end position and pitching prospects.
Perhaps, the best year he had on the job was his final year where the Mets brought in a number of highly regarded prospects with high ceilings. Two of those emerging prospects are Desmond Lindsay and Andres Gimenez.
Lindsay was the Mets 2015 second round pick out of Out-of-Door Academy in Sarasota, Florida. The Mets were excited to get a player they dubbed “an offensive machine” and believed he could be the future in center field.
Last year, Lindsay showed some of that promise hitting .303/.433/.451 in 37 games for the Gulf Coast Mets and the Brooklyn Cyclones.
With that said, Lindsay was limited in part due to hamstring issues. This was not unexpected as Lindsay has been plagued with injuries since all the way back to high school. It is one of the reasons a player as talented as Lindsay was available in the second round. To that end, the Mets are working with him to keep him on the field and at 100%.
As the Mets Director of Minor League Operations Ian Levin told Mike Rosenbaum of MLB Pipeline, “I give a ton of credit to our athletic training and strength and conditioning staffs for helping him get back to the point where he’s at now. He put in a ton of time during the offseason to get himself where he needs to be, and I’m thrilled with how he’s looked so far.”
Levin says that so far this Spring, Lindsay “looks completely healthy and more explosive than I ever remember, and I think it could be a big year for him.”
Lindsay is not the only prospect the Mets acquired in 2015 they have high hopes for. The other is Gimenez, who many Mets fans are unaware about as the team has surprisingly not brought him stateside to play professionally.
After Gimenez hit .350/.469/.523 in the Dominican Summer League last year, that is sure to change. This year, Gimenez is going to play in the United States, and he is sure to quickly make a name for himself.
According to Levin, “Gimenez just has a great feel for the offensive and defensive game, and the toolset is that of a pure shortstop that has the ability to hit. He’s still so young and has so much development remaining, but you can really see the makings of a five-tool, impact player on both sides of the ball.”
With Lindsay and Gimenez, the Mets have two five tool prospects that look poised to have a terrific 2016 season.