New York Mets 2021 Midseason Top 50 Prospects

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In August 2020, Steve Cohen took the reigns from the Wilpons, and a new era of Mets baseball was born. Here in 2021, the top bats in the system, Francisco Alvarez, Mark Vientos, and Brett Baty are all enjoying productive seasons in the minors. At the major league level, a notable prospect grad has been Tylor Megill, who has been a bright spot in the Mets’ rotation. A tough loss for the system this year is the uber-talented Pete Crow-Armstrong, who was traded to the Chicago Cubs for Javier Baez, currently wrapped up in a silly controversy.

Another notable player related to this system is Kumar Rocker, who the Mets drafted in the first round but did not sign. Time will only tell if this was the right call, but it is safe to say the Mets could have spent their draft pool money more efficiently. Regardless, this is a system filled with plenty of intriguing bats, as well as some exciting arms.

This is our Prospects1500 team’s Mets midseason Top 50, a collaboration by Tony Bps, Dave Funnell, Bailey Srebnik and Scott Greene. We refer to January ranks from the preseason Mets Top 50.


Prospects1500 Tiers:
Tier 1: Players with high expectations of both making the majors and playing at an All-Star level for a number of years
Tier 2: Players with an above-average expectation of making the majors and being a solid contributor
Tier 3: Players with an average expectation of making the majors and being a solid contributor
Tier 4: Players who have the potential of making the majors, or have a high likelihood of making the majors but providing minimal impact (e.g., middle reliever, low-ceiling UT guys)
Tier 5: Players of interest, worth keeping an eye on, who have an outside chance of making their team’s 40-man roster

Tier 1

1. Francisco Alvarez, C (January rank #2)
Age: 19
Current Level: High-A
Still just a teenager, Alvarez has evolved into a powerful batter who possesses leadership skills and an ability to adapt and learn, making the future catcher one to watch.

2. Brett Baty, 3B (January rank #5)
Age: 21
Current Level: AA
Baty has struggled since getting promoted to AA, but still has impressive 60-grade arm strength and could power his way into the lineup as the Mets’ future third baseman by next season.

Tier 2

3. Matt Allan, RHP (January rank #4)
Age: 20
Current Level: High-A
After a successful, albeit short, 2019 minor league season, Allan received Tommy John surgery and will look to be back in 2022 as she showcases his highly graded fastball and curveball en route to becoming a staple in the Mets rotation.

4. Mark Vientos, 3B (January rank #7)
Age: 21
Current Level: AA
Vientos is powering his way through AA this year, as he has the potential to finish with 30+ home runs while batting around .300 for the season.

Tier 3

5. Ronny Mauricio, SS (January rank #1)
Age: 20
Current Level: High-A
With an athletic prowess and a highly graded glove to match, Mauricio could advance up a tier if he could show more patience at the plate and get a better feel for pitches in the strike zone.

6. J.T. Ginn, RHP (January rank #8)
Age: 22
Current Level: High-A
After fully recovering from Tommy John surgery, Ginn is back and throwing mid-90 fastballs while being stretched out for his status as a future starter with the Mets.

7. Alex Ramirez, OF (January rank #9)
Age: 18
Current Level: Low-A
A long-term investment, Ramirez has the potential to be a five-category player, but it all depends on how he grows into his body over the next few years.

8. Khalil Lee, OF (January rank #9 {Royals})
Age: 23
Current Level: AAA
Despite Lee’s struggles earlier this year, there is a chance that he gets the call to the Mets later this season as a backup in the outfield, as the team could use his power, speed and versatility.

9. Robert Dominguez, RHP (January rank #14)
Age: 19
Current Level: Rookie (FCL)
Dominguez is getting his first taste of pro ball as a 19-year-old in the Florida Complex League, having tossed 10+ innings this summer, mostly in relief for now.

10. Carlos Cortes, 2B/OF (January rank #25)
Age: 24
Current Level: AA
Cortes shows the capabilities of being a utility player but will need to maintain his 2021 power to stay in the lineup if and when he gets the call.

11. Calvin Ziegler, RHP (January rank N/A)
Age: 18
Current Level: Not assigned (Drafted 2nd round, 46th overall)
Mid 90’s starter with questionable command but is in an organization that develops pitching well so could be a good gamble in dynasty leagues.

12. Jaylen Palmer, 3B/SS (January rank #16)
Age: 21
Current Level: High-A
The speedy jack of all trades player can position himself in multiple spots on the field and has great speed to boot.

13. Junior Santos, RHP (January rank #11)
Age: 20
Current Level: Low-A
Santos is a groundball heavy pitcher who has uncharacteristically given up a lot of home runs in 2021.

14. Jose Butto, RHP (January rank #35)
Age: 23
Current Level: AA
Butto won’t always overpower a hitter, but he displays tremendous command of the strike zone as evidenced by his minuscule walk rate.

15. Dominic Hamel, RHP (January rank N/A)
Age: 22
Current Level: Not assigned (Drafted 3rd round, 81st overall)
2021 draft pick has the makings of a decent starter in the majors.

16. Josh Walker, LHP (January – unranked)
Age: 26
Current Level: AAA
Older prospect who’s having a bounceback season who could see time in the show soon.

17. Thomas Szapucki, LHP (January rank #6)
Age: 25
Current Level: AAA

Szapucki has struggled to get outs this year in both the majors and minors, but has the ability to be efficient, as he was in years past.

18. JT Schwartz, 1B (January rank N/A)
Age: 21
Current Level: Low-A (Drafted 4th round, 111th overall)
Solid hitter with potential for power is limited to 1B defensively.

19. Travis Blankenhorn, 2B/OF (Twins January rank #13)
Age: 25
Current Level: AAA
Utility type who can play all over the field if given a solid opportunity in the majors.

Tier 4

20. Hayden Senger, C (January rank #45)
Age: 24
Current Level: AA
A good defensive catcher with improving offense skills could be a serviceable major leaguer in the future.

21. Carlos Rincon, OF (Dodgers January rank #44)
Age: 23
Current Level: AA
Rincon’s power has never been questioned but his high strikeout rate and hit tool could limit him to a bench/utility role.

22. Eric Orze, RHP (January – unranked)
Age: 24
Current Level: AA
Orze projects to be a low leverage bullpen arm due to his fastball and ability to induce ground balls.

23. Jake Mangum, OF (January rank #30)
Age: 25
Current Level: AA
Perhaps an underrated prospect, Mangum has had a successful 2021 campaign since getting the call to AA and has made consistent contact with the ball.

24. Joander Suarez, RHP (January rank #43)
Age: 21
Current Level: Low-A
Suarez had success in the low minors and hasn’t pitched well during his first taste of A ball this year, but the team likes hit tools and projectability.

25. Nick Meyer, C (January – unranked)
Age: 24
Current Level: AAA
More of a glove-over-hit catcher who could hit the majors as a backup.

26. Jordany Ventura, RHP (January rank #23)
Age: 21
Current Level: Low-A (60-day IL)
Athletic pitcher with a good fastball and a plus slider who needs to work on a third pitch to reach his ceiling.

27. Shervyen Newton, SS (January rank #10)
Age: 22
Current Level: Low-A
Former highly-touted prospect has fallen on hard times with injury and ineffectiveness but has power potential if he can put it all together but is running out of time.

28. Michel Otanez, RHP (January rank #28)
Age: 24
Current Level: High-A
Hard thrower with poor control has struggled this year in High-A Brooklyn.

29. Stanley Consuegra, OF (January rank #33)
Age: 20
Current Level: Rookie (FCL)
Toolsy outfield prospect who’s doing very well this season can be a great under-the-radar pick to stash in dynasty leagues.

30. Tommy Wilson, RHP (January – unranked)
Age: 25
Current Level: AA
Wilson put up some decent numbers between High-A and AA in 2019, and he’s been very good in limited innings this season, putting up 10.6 K/9 and an ERA of 2.35 in 10 games, all out of the bullpen. Did you know his dad was Biff in Back To The Future?

31. Jose Peroza, 3B (January – unranked)
Age: 21
Current Level: High-A
Peroza has displayed patience at the plate, flashed some power, and has even shown some speed on the base paths, making him an under-rated commodity within the Mets’ organization.

32. Patrick Mazeika, C/1B (January – unranked)
Age: 27
Current Level: MLB
The Springfield, MA native, 2015 MLB Draftee, has earned some MLB playing time this year after 5 1/2 seasons in the minors.

33. Luke Ritter, 2B/1B (January – unranked)
Age: 24
Current Level: High-A
Prototypical utility infielder with some pop in his bat.

34. Christian Scott, RHP (January rank N/A)
Age: 22
Current Level: Not assigned (Drafted 5th round, 142nd overall)
College reliever with a high-90’s fastball who could potentially help in Saves and Holds Dynasty leagues.

35. Ryley Gilliam, RHP (January rank #24)
Age: 25
Current Level: AA
Middle reliever-type who has good strikeout numbers but questionable command, currently on the IL.

Tier 5

36. Joshua Cornielly, RHP (January rank #19)
Age: 20
Current Level: Not assigned
Pitched in Rookie ball in 2018-2019, young pitcher who is years away from contributing at the major league level but has a good feel for pitching.

37. Jeremy Vasquez, 1B (January rank #36)
Age: 25
Current Level: AA
Vasquez has been able to get on base with consistency in the past, despite his 2021 struggles, giving the Mets optimism that it will happen again.

38. Daison Acosta, RHP (January rank #20)
Age: 23
Current Level: High-A (60-day IL)
Hasn’t pitched this year due to injury but has a good fastball and slider and needs to work on his changeup to avoid a bullpen role.

39. Richard Brito, RHP (January rank #34)
Age: 22
Current Level: Not assigned
2020 International signee can hit the upper 90’s but hasn’t debuted yet.

40. Wilmer Reyes, SS (January – unranked)
Age: 23
Current Level: Rookie (FCL)
Had a good 2019 in Short-Season ball, slashing .323/.350/.441, and has just played in his first couple games of 2021 as of August 30.

41. Justin Lasko, RHP (January – unranked)
Age: 24
Current Level: AA
Despite his recent struggles upon promotion to AA, Lasko has shown command and an ability to keep the ball in the yard, which is what the Mets are hoping will continue to round out this year.

42. Wagner Lagrange, OF (January – unranked)
Age: 25
Current Level: AAA
It’s now or never for the outfielder who is probably nothing more than a backup or pinch hitting player.

43. Mitch Ragan, RHP (January – unranked)
Age: 24
Current Level: AA
Ragan has struggled to keep hitters off the bases since getting the cal to AA, and time is running out for him due to his age, as he may be an AAAA pitcher.

44. Willy Taveras, RHP (January – unranked)
Age: 23
Current Level: High-A
With an incredibly high strikeout rate and a very low walk rate, Taveras could be someone to watch in 2022 as he primes himself up for a major league debut at some point next year.

45. Franklyn Kilome, RHP (January rank #15)
Age: 26
Current Level: AAA
If he could stay healthy, Kilome has the tools to be a solid middle reliever to contribute in Holds and Saves leagues.

46. Blaine McIntosh, OF (January rank #21)
Age: 20
Current Level: Rookie (FCL)
The outfielder has a good combination of speed and power but hasn’t shown much in his limited time in the organization yet giving us a good buy-low opportunity here.

47. Luis Carpio, 2B/OF (January rank #38)
Age: 23
Current Level: AA
Good defensive player with a solid hit tool but limited power.

48. Raul Beracierta, OF (January rank #37)
Age: 22
Current Level: Rookie (FCL)
Toolsy outfielder with low strikeout rates but is struggling this year.

49. Franklin Parra, LHP (January rank #41)
Age: 21
Current Level: Low-A
Parra is struggling this year but has four pitches and, if he can work on his control, could develop into a big-league starter.

50. Warren Saunders, 3B/OF (January rank #42)
Age: 22
Current Level: Low-A
Saunders has an average hit tool but doesn’t show much in the way of power.

The Next Two:

Fernando Villalobos, C (January rank #44)
Age: 19
Current Level: Rookie
Athletic catcher who’s struggled in his limited time in the minors so far.

Tony Dibrell, RHP (January rank #26)
Age: 25
Current Level: AA
Projects as a middle reliever/innings eater type of pitcher if he makes the majors.




2 Comments

    • Thanks for the questions. McIntosh is definitely having a down year, and Dominguez has been playing well in Rookie ball. Look for Dominuguez to crack the list when our preseason Mets Top 50 comes out in January. Gonzalez is on the 60-day IL and hasn’t pitched since 2019. He fell to number 51 on our preseason 2021 Top 50 back in January. At 26, he’ll need to rebound and be a solid AAA, potential MLB arm, in 2022 to get back on the list.

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