New York Mets Top 20 Prospects

15) Gregory Guerrero- SS

Date of Birth:
Height/Weight: 5’11″/175 lbs.
Bats/Throws: Right/Right
Acquired: International Free Agent in 2015

The Mets were very active during the 2015-2016 international free-agent signing period, signing two of the top international shortstops on the board.

One of these shortstops is Gregory Guerrero, a 16-year-old prospect who is the nephew of former big league star Vladimir Guerrero. The young prospect signed with the Mets on July 2, 2015, and was projected to receive a $1.8 million dollar signing bonus.

Guerrero has yet to play a game for the Mets organization, but the team has very high hopes for him in the future. Scouts fell in love with the 16-year-old, as he has a high baseball IQ and has shown the ability to hit from the right side of the plate. There have been discussions that the Mets might decide to switch his position in the future, but his above-average arm and good range might sway them to keep him at shortstop.

14) Eudor Garcia– 3B

Date of Birth: May 17, 1994
Height/Weight: 6’0″/225 lbs.
Bats/Throws: Left/ Right
Acquired: Drafted in the 4th round of the 2014 MLB Draft

Left-handed hitting third baseman are definitely hard to find, but the Mets think they found a quality one in Eudor Garcia.

The 21-year-old posted a slash line of .296/.340/.442 in 105 games with Single-A Savannah this season, showing tremendous improvements from his first season with the organization. He still has room to improve, as the team hopes he can ultimately limit his strikeouts and learn how to use the whole field more, but his raw power could be very lethal once he learns how to hit for power consistently. The organization also hopes he can improve defensively, as he currently as seen as an average defender with questionable arm strength.

If Garcia keeps improving offensively, he’s a guy that could definitely be an impact bat at the big league level. It remains to be seen whether or not the Mets plan on keeping him at third base, but as he keeps progressing, the team will definitely look for a way to get him at bats with the Major League team.

13) Andres Gimenez- SS

Date of Birth:
Height/Weight: 5’11″/165
Bats/Throws: Left/Right
Acquired: International Free Agent in 2015

As mentioned earlier, the Mets were very active on the international free agent market this season. The team signed Guerrero, and also signed Andres Gimenez, the second-best ranked international prospect according to Baseball America.

Like Guerrero, Gimenez has yet to play for the Mets, but their organization and their fans are excited to see what the 16-year-old can bring to the table. Scouts feel that Gimenez has the ability to be a .300+ hitter in the big leagues because of his solid bat speed and quick hands. According to Ben Badler of Baseball America, Gimenez was “one of the best pure hitters available” on the international market.

Along with his offensive potential, Gimenez figures to be solid defensively as well. According to some scouts familiar with the 16-year-old, his good speed and quick hands set him up to be a steady to above-average defender at shortstop.

Gimenez will need to spend some time in the minor leagues, so it’s very likely we won’t see him with the big-league team for a few seasons. However, with the potential of this young prospect, it’s possible he could be an impact major league player for a long time.

12) Chris Flexen– RHP

Date of Birth: July 1, 1994
Height/Weight: 6’3″/215 lbs.
Bats/Throws: Right/Right
Acquired: Drafted in the 14th round of the 2012 MLB Draft

Tommy John surgery is never good for any baseball player, especially a pitcher, but Chris Flexen is on his way to getting back to form.

The 21-year-old underwent the surgery in July 2014, a procedure that sidelined him for an entire year. Once he returned to action, he made his first few starts with the Brooklyn Cyclones, then found his way to Single-A Savannah, where he posted a 4-0 record with a 1.87 ERA in his six appearances (five starts).

Looking at his last few starts of the 2015 season, it appears the young right-hander is recovered from the surgery. He is still very young and has a long way to go throughout the Mets’ farm system, but Flexen is a pitcher who could quickly rise through the organization.

11) Luis Carpio– SS

Date of Birth: July 11, 1997
Height/Weight: 6’0″/165 lbs.
Bats/Throws: Right/Right
Acquired: International Free Agent in 2013

The Mets haven’t been afraid to utilize the international free-agent market over the past few seasons, and Luis Carpio is another guy the team elected to sign during the signing period.

The 18-year-old is seen as a very good athlete and a solid all-around type of player. His defensive ability is what stands out the most, as he has the necessary tool to play both shortstop and second base. Carpio has good arm strength, great hands and outstanding footwork, and his athleticism definitely helps him make all the necessary plays.

Offensively, Carpio is seen as more of a line drive hitter, but scouts think that he should be able to develop more pop as he continues to progress due to his size and strength. With his good barrel control and knowledge of the strike zone, Carpio definitely could groom into a nice two-way player in the future.

One Response

  1. bronxmetsfan

    Good summary. Interesting to read about some of the very young, high-cieling IFAs the Mets have signed. One thing though…Matz is definitely a member of the rotation for 2016. He will not have to “wait his turn”. Otherwise, nice summary.

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