With the Mets at least discussing moving Amed Rosario to center field, let’s take a look at the shortstop position in the minors leagues and how far away they might be. To a certain extent, Manny Machado is the pipe dream which would excite the fan base.
What should also excite the fan base is the shortstop talent in the Mets organization. Here is a look at four different Mets shortstops listed by their proximity to the majors.
Stats: .285/.355/.425, 25 2B, 4 3B, 6 HR, 37 RBI, 31 SB, 12 CS
Not only is Gimenez a near consensus Top 100 prospect in the game, he’s also considered to be the top prospect in the Mets organization. John Sickels of Minor League Ball sums up the reason for the enthusiasm by stating Gimenez’s “makeup also a significant positive.” Other important positives are his speed and ability to get on base, which Sickels notes will make Gimenez “a top-of-the-lineup mainstay.” Defensively, Gimenez has the range, instincts, hands, and arm to not only be able to handle the position well but to potentially be a plus defender at the position.
Level: St. Lucie
Stats: .226/.296/.371, 19 2B, 10 HR, 37 RBI, 6 SB, 8 CS
It was not long ago Carpio was considered one of the top prospects in the Mets farm system. In fact, entering the 2015 season, Baseball America ranked Carpio as the Mets seventh best prospect in what was then a loaded farm system. His stock fell due in large part to him needing shoulder surgery, which was believed to cost him not just his throwing arm but also his potential power outlook. The early part of the 2018 season seemed to confirm why his stock dropped.
In the month of July, he did much to rebuild his stock hitting .313/.364/.505 with seven doubles, four homers, and seven RBI. As noted by MMN, recent reports on his range and arm are positive indicating his shoulder may be fully healed, and he may be ready to resume his status as a top Mets prospects.
Stats: .285/.396/.467, 14 2B, 2 3B, 4 HR, 29 RBI, 2 SB
So far, Newton has shown excellent plate discipline, and the switch hitter has given a glimpse into how much of a better hitter he could be in the future. Looking at him play, this is a prospect you can get excited about, or as MLB Pipeline puts it, with Newton “starting to tap into his raw power, and given his size, it’s easy to dream on more as he matures.”
In the field, MLB Pipeline believes he can stick at short despite his size because Newton has the hands, footwork, instincts, and arm to stay at the position.
Level: Gulf Coast
Stats: .302/.330/.475, 13 2B, 3 3B, 3 HR, 28 RBI, SB, 5 CS
Last year, Mauricio received the highest international bonus the Mets had ever given to a prospect. This year, Mauricio is showing exactly why the Mets gave him such a large bonus. In fact he has been so good this year, Ben Badler of Baseball America said Mauricio’s “[u]pside is similar to what we’re seeing now from Fernando Tatis Jr.” To put into perspective just how high that praise is, Tatis is currently ranked by Baseball America as the second best prospect in baseball.
Aside from this immensely talented the list the Mets do have talented players like Luis Guillorme, who could be the most defensively gifted player in the entire Mets organization and Gavin Cecchini, who was once regarded as the Mets shortstop of the future.
Overall, when it comes to the shortstop position, the Mets have a number of talented prospects with high ceilings.