Barring the fielding goofs, people should be fairly pleased with the season they’ve gotten from Pete Alonso in 2019. He came up to the majors and seems intent on winning a Rookie of the Year award amidst a field of tough competition. Looking at the upper levels of the Mets minor leagues you don’t see anyone of Alonso’s caliber but there are still a few names who could play impact roles in a 2020 season.
Franklyn Kilome, RHP – The tall (6’6”) Dominican born player has spent the entirety of the 2019 season injured but is expected to return to the mount in 2020. After being traded to the Mets for Asdrubal Cabrera in 2018, Kilome tossed 38 solid innings for Binghamton before suffering injury. Long noted for his powerful arm, the consensus opinion of the baseball pundits suggests that he is destined for a role in a major league bullpen. Based upon the Mets roster construction the presence of a young (will be 24 through June 25th) right handed fireballer could be more useful than the left-handed innings eater that they traded away in Anthony Kay.
Andres Gimenez, SS – The 2019 season has not gone well for the Mets “Top Rated” Prospect. His numbers on offense have failed to impress in his first full season in AA and instead of him forcing Amed Rosario into centerfield, he still has a lot to prove to become a major leaguer at all. The lefty hitting shortstop has been scouted as being a Plus Defensive shortstop with Plus Speed and solid contact abilities. He was ranked in the Top 30 by Baseball America and would still be the first long term solution if Rosario were hurt.
Ali Sanchez, C – He enjoyed quite the hot streak in AA and earned a promotion to AAA. While never consistently known for his bat he has shown the ability to get hits and even has a little power. The important thing that Sanchez offers is defense. With Tomas Nido proving the value of defense, Sanchez provides an important depth piece should he get hurt.
David Peterson, LHP – People aren’t jumping up and down with excitement for David Peterson. The former first round pick does not look or feel like the Left-Handed Ace that Met fans were hoping for. That being said, he’s been slowly lowering his ERA in Binghamton and looks like he is still capable of offering quality outings. He’s a work in progress but it’s possible that Peterson could be a vital part of a 2020 campaign should one of the Met pitchers get injured.
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Patrick Mazeika refuses to leave the Top 50 – The Met’s Catcher/First Baseman/DH has had a solid year with the bat for Binghamton and is still intriguing as a bench player thanks to his left-handed bat.
Quinn Brodey has quietly done well – He doesn’t look like a star but the versatile outfielder has done well after his mid-season promotion to AA.
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Wagner Lagrange still rising in the rankings – His OPS in Advanced A is .963 and he’s showing a bit of everything. He’s got some extra base hits, some stolen bases and has walked almost as often as he’s struck out.
Jeremy Vasquez still hitting – Sure he’s a first baseman who only has a .749 OPS but he’s also one of the most consistent hitters in the minors.
Carlos Cortes heating up again – The second baseman is likely to be part of the Binghamton lineup in 2020.
Mark Vientos putting on a late season show – The third base prospect has hit .359 over his last 10 games and is starting to bring his OPS from the “quality” range into the “elite” one.
Ronny Mauricio and walks – If there is one thing to say Mauricio definitely needs to work on, it’s his patience. He’s hitting .286 on the year and his OBP is only .324 which should tell you how infrequently he takes a free base.