The New York Mets drafted 17-year-old prep shortstop Mark Vientos with their second round pick in the 2017 draft, and so far the returns have been impressive.
Leading into the draft, Vientos was billed as one of the top prep bats available and ranked as the No. 40 prospect of the draft according to Baseball America.
The talented Vientos is listed at 6’4”, and while he’s played more games at shortstop (23) than third base (14) to begin his pro career, most believe he will shift to third full-time once he adds strength.
Vientos began his pro career in the Gulf Coast League for the Mets and initially struggled with a .209/.292/.314 with 25 strikeouts in 86 at-bats.
August has been a completely different story for the teenager from Pembroke Pines, Florida.
He was hitting .307/.340/.477 with six doubles, three home runs and 13 RBI in the month of August before he was promoted to the Kingsport Mets of the Appalachian League.
Since his promotion, he’s gone 5 for 17 with a walk, two doubles and has played all four games at shortstop. Vientos doesn’t turn 18-years-old until December and is currently 3.3 years younger than the average player in the Appy.
Here at MMO we had Vientos as our the Mets No. 10 prospect.
Mets Minors News and Notes
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