10) Ali Sanchez– C
Date of Birth: January 20, 1997
Height/Weight: 6’0″/175 lbs.
Acquired: International Free Agent in 2013
Ali Sanchez, the only Mets’ minor league catcher to make our top 20 list, is a guy the Mets feel can be an all-around type player.
Defensively, Sanchez is everything a team would want with a young catcher: he receives the ball well, can drastically slow down an opposing team’s running game due to a solid arm and a very quick release, and is very athletic, allowing him to move with ease behind the plate. In 2015, Sanchez showed how good he could be defensively, as he threw out almost 50% of runners trying to steal.
On the offensive side of the ball, he still has room for improvement, but has shown signs that he can be a very good hitter. His ability to use the entire field is one of his major strengths, and as he progresses it is likely that some power will ultimately come along. His approach is also solid, as he’s been able to limit his strikeouts while showing patience at the plate.
At only 18-years-old, this is definitely a prospect that Mets fans should be excited for.
9) Milton Ramos– SS
Date of Birth: October 26, 1995
Height/Weight: 5’11″/158 lbs.
Acquired: Drafted in the third round of the 2014 MLB Draft
When the Mets drafted Milton Ramos, it was a shock that arguably the best defender in the 2014 draft class was still available in the third round.
With his solid arm strength, great baseball instincts and above-average range, it’s certain that Ramos can handle the shortstop position for a long time. As a defensive-minded player, Ramos is still considered a project in terms of his offensive production.
However, Ramos showed this season that he could ultimately become a better hitter down the road. In 54 games this season, the 20-year-old posted a slash line of .295/.326/.380, and the Mets hope that he could exceed expectations offensively in the future.
8) Desmond Lindsay– OF
Birth Date: January 15, 1997
Height/Weight: 6’0″/200 lbs.
Acquired: Drafted in the second round of the 2015 MLB Draft
Injuries didn’t scare the Mets away from selecting Desmond Lindsay with their first pick (No. 59 overall) in the 2015 MLB Draft.
Although he was limited to just 114 games throughout his first season with the organization, the Mets feel that Lindsay can turn out to be a five-tool player when healthy. Even though Lindsay was an infielder in high school, it’s likely the second round pick will see most of his playing time in centerfield for the Mets.
Lindsay is a very strong and athletic player and runs very well for his size. He consistently makes hard contact at the plate, and his quick bat speed allows him to drive the ball into the gaps on both size of the field. As he continues to progress, the organization hopes that his ability to hit for power will come along with his advancement.
He certainly will need time to progress, but if he can stay healthy, Lindsay is a guy that could become a regular in the Mets everyday outfield.
7) Marcos Molina– RHP
Date of Birth: March 8, 1995
Height/Weight: 6’3″/185 lbs.
Acquired: International Free Agent in 2012
Ever since signing with the Mets as a international free agent, Marcos Molina has developed into one of the best pitchers in the team’s farm system.
Although the right-hander was sidelined for most of the 2015 season with an elbow strain, the Mets are still high on Molina, as they feel he has plenty of upside as he continues to mature as a pitcher. With his fastball/slider/changeup mix, Molina is very confident on the mound, as he has the ability to command all his pitches and is able force a lot of ground ball outs while limiting the amount of walks he surrenders.
There are questions about his durability and his long-term role, but his three solid pitches and ability to command them gives the Mets organization a lot of hope as he continues to progress.
6) Wuilmer Becerra– OF
Date of Birth: October 1, 1994
Height/Weight: 6’4″/190 lbs.
Acquired: Trade with Toronto, December 2012
The trade of R.A. Dickey has already turned out to be a great deal for the Mets, but can turn out to be even better if Wuilmer Becerra ends up being an impact player at the big-league level.
Only 21 years old, Becerra was considered a “throw-in” player in that trade, but could end up being more than that for the Mets. Becerra is big and physical, which fits well in right field given that he can cover a lot of ground and has an above average arm. Offensively he needs to continue working on his skills and approach, but it’s clearly evident that the raw power is there.
Becerra has progressed nicely, and if he continues to mature and develop his skills, we could ultimately be talking about another acquired piece that impacted the Mets major league team from that December 2012 deal.