20) Gabriel Ynoa– RHP
Date of Birth: May 26, 1993
Height/Weight: 6’2’/160 lbs.
Acquired: International Free Agency in 2009
Gabriel Ynoa is a guy who isn’t going to wow you with his arsenal. His fastball and three off-speed pitches are effective, but his ability to command the strike zone and avoid walking batters is what will stand out with this right-hander. In 640 career innings in the Mets organization, Ynoa has only walked 94 batters, which shows the righty has excellent command.
At times he is known to throw too many strikes, but as he develops more, the righty has shown the ability to make necessary adjustments. If he’s able to learn how to expand the zone and avoid throwing too many strikes, it’s very possible that Ynoa could end up being a back-end starting pitcher in the big leagues very soon.
19) Jhoan Urena– 3B
Date of Birth: September 1, 1994
Height/Weight: 6’1″/200 lbs.
Acquired: International Free Agent in 2011
Although a wrist injury limited his success in 2015, Jhoan Urena, a is still a player with a lot of upside. With a big frame and a lot of raw power, Urena has shown the ability to hit from both sides of the plate. The organization had some concerns about whether or not third base was the best position for their young prospect, but Urena has quieted those doubts, making great improvements defensively over the past few seasons.
As he looks for a healthy 2016 season, Urena could get back on track as he makes his way through the Mets minor league system. As he continues to refine his approach at the plate and enhance his defensive skills, it’s very possible that the 21-year-old could be a powerful presence in the Mets’ everyday lineup in a few years.
18) Jeff McNeil– INF
Date of Birth: April 8, 1992
Height/Weight: 6’1″/165 lbs,
Acquired: Drafted in 12th Round of 2013 MLB Draft
The Mets current farm system is filled with solid young infield talent, but Jeff McNeil is a guy who definitely stands out.
In three minor-league seasons, McNeil has posted a slash line of .305/.375/.389 in 287 games. Known as a scrappy type of player, the 23-year-old has not shown the ability to hit for power, but he has shown the ability to be effective offensively.
Many project McNeil to be utility player, given that he has played second base, shortstop and third base throughout his minor-league career, but the young prospect could definitely exceed those expectations. As a very good defender, McNeil could ultimately impact a big league roster in numerous ways, and it remains to be seen what the Mets have planned for him.
17) Matt Reynolds– SS
Date of Birth: December 3, 1990
Height/Weight: 6’1″/205 lbs.
Acquired: Drafted in the 2nd Round of the 2012 MLB Draft
After a stellar 2014 campaign between the Mets’ Double-A and Triple-A teams, it appeared as if Matt Reynolds was nearing a call-up to the big leagues.
However, Reynolds’ offensive numbers took a huge dip in 2015, and many now question whether or not the 24-year-old could be that everyday shortstop or second baseman that the organization envisions. For the Mets, the hope has to be that Reynolds can turn it around in 2016.
It could have just been a bad year, but Reynolds still has the tools to be an effective big league player. With the ability to play both middle infield positions, Reynolds could still find his way onto the big league roster, and could ultimately factor in as a role player down the road.
16) Dario Alvarez– LHP
Date of Birth: January 17, 1989
Height/Weight: 6’1″/170 lbs.
Acquired: Minor League Free Agent in 2013
At one point it appeared as if Alvarez would have no chance to make it to the big leagues, but the 27-year-old is in a position where he could ultimately find his way into the major leagues as a relief pitcher.
After being released by the Philadelphia Phillies in 2009, Alvarez had a long break from baseball before being signed by the Mets in 2013. The organization decided to convert him into a reliever, and the move has paid off for the 27-year-old.
Quality left-handed specialists are hard to find, and Alvarez is a guy who definitely has the ability to fill that role. With a good fastball and a slider that is very tough for left-handed hitters to put in play, it’s very possible the Mets could call him up this season to help bolster their bullpen.