Featured Post: Four Mets Prospects Likely Left Exposed to Rule 5

Four Mets' top 30 prospects (according to MLB Pipeline), are in danger of being selected in next month's Rule 5 Draft, unless they are added to the 40-man roster by Tuesday.

Over the next few days, the Mets have some decisions to make.

By Tuesday, Nov. 20, the Mets (as well as the other 29 clubs), must set their 40-man roster. Those who are left off will be exposed to the Rule 5 draft which will take place at the end of the Winter Meetings in Las Vegas on Thursday, Dec. 13.

Jonathan Mayo of MLB.com highlighted which minor league players might be exposed to the draft, and listed which players on each 30 MLB teams have prospects who could be selected.

For the Mets, he listed four candidates: catchers Patrick Mazeika and Ali Sanchez, as well as infielders David Thompson and Luis Carpio.

Mazeika, 25, was selected by the Mets in the eighth round of the 2015 MLB draft out of Jacob deGrom‘s alma mater, Stetson University.

The Massachusetts native spent 2018 with Double-A Binghamton, appearing in 87 games and hitting at a .231/.328/.363 clip. It was a down year for Mazeika, who has a cumulative .392 on-base percentage throughout his four-year minor league career.

Perhaps a team could take a flyer on Mazeika, especially one who doesn’t expect to compete in 2019, though it seems unlikely.

Sanchez, 21, signed with the Mets as an international free agent prior to the 2014 campaign, but has not risen above High-A ball in his five years with the organization.

Between Columbia and St. Lucie in 2018, Sanchez hit .265/.294/.387 with six homers and 38 RBI. He is ranked No. 25 on MLB Pipeline’s list of the top 30 Mets prospects.

Thompson, 25, was drafted in the fourth round of the 2015 MLB draft by the Mets, and is coming off an injury riddled campaign.

In 2018, the University of Miami alumni appeared in just 22 games for Triple-A Las Vegas. Over 133 games with Double-A Binghamton in 2017, however, he hit .263/.325/.429 with 16 homers and 68 RBI.

Carpio, 21, was also signed as an international free agent by the Mets prior to the 2014 season. The shortstop spent 2018 primarily with Single-A St. Lucie, but did appear in one game for Double-A Binghamton.

He’s a glove first, light-hitter, and is unlikely to get selected in the draft. He comes in at the No. 19 best Mets prospect according to MLB Pipeline.

If selected, a player must spend the entirety of the season on the team who selected them’s MLB roster, or be offered back to the team they were plucked from.

To read more about how the Rule 5 draft works, follow this link to Mayo’s article. Additionally, this article published by MetsMinors is also important to bookmark.

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