4 Mets appear on The Athletic's new top 50 prospects list

Francisco Alvarez rounds bases after home run at 2021 MLB All-Star Futures Game
Francisco Alvarez rounds bases after home run at 2021 MLB All-Star Futures Game

Four players within the Mets organization, including newly-drafted Kumar Rocker, made Keith Law of The Athletic's Top 50 MLB prospects list, which was released on Wednesday.

Here's where they landed.

43. Brett Baty, 3B

From Law: Baty crushed high-A pitching to a .309/.397/.514 line before a promotion last week to Double A, and I think that line doesn’t even reflect how much raw power he has. He’s also slimmed down a little bit and looks like he’s more than capable of staying at third base, as he was visibly lighter on his feet and he’s always had the arm for it.

36. Ronny Mauricio, SS

From Law: Mauricio has unbelievably loose hands and bat speed, with 10 homers already for High-A Brooklyn as a 20-year-old, although he’s also been too aggressive and given away some at-bats for the Cyclones, showing his youth and inexperience.

28. Kumar Rocker, P

From Law: Rocker has the makings of an ace — a fastball up to 97, a wipeout slider, an imposing 6-foot-6, 250-pound frame, athleticism, and actually better control than you’d think — but just doesn’t pitch like one often enough. His fastball can get hit, and his responses to adversity on the field aren’t always ideal — often it’s just “throw harder.”

8. Francisco Álvarez, C

From Law: Álvarez’s bat would play anywhere; he’s showing ridiculous power for a 19-year-old, with 10 homers in 56 games and a lot of hard-hit line drives. He wrecked Low-A pitching for two weeks — Low A is not what it used to be, but still, Álvarez hit .417/.567/.646 there — and then moved up to High-A Brooklyn, where he’s still taking good at-bats and showing power.

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