The second part of the series about the top potential of the Mits.
The Mets have made two significant investments in the summer of 2018.
The first was drafting Jared Kelenic in the first round of the amateur draft of that year in June and later signing him a 4.5 million contract.
The following July, when they spent $ 2.7 million to sign catcher Francisco Alvarez as an international free agent outside Venezuela.
The international bonus was the highest paid by the Mets in 2014, surpassing the $ 2.1 million shortstop Ronnie Mauricio.
Mauricio is now considered the top hopeful of the Mets.
Callenick, however, became the focus of a deal with Seattle that brought Robinson Canoe and Edwin Diaz to Queens before the 2011ens season. After becoming unrivaled in the first season with Canoe and Diaz Mats, the Calenic Mariners were fascinated by three levels of farm management, ending the year in double-A.
Alvarez, 16, is less than two years younger than Kelenic and has yet to play a full professional season, but has given the Mets reason to believe they could have higher-level prospects.
They can certainly use one or more – especially from the international market. And Alvarez has shown enough commitment to an organization that is starving to acquire talent in this position.
They are still looking for their next Jose Race – their last international sign to be an All-Star with the Mets.
The jury is still out of Amad Rosario, who signed for 75 1.755 million in 2012, as well as Mauricio, who spent last season with Colombia in class.
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In the first season of the pro ball, Alvarez quickly moved from the Gulf Coast League to Kingsport in class, showing promise. In 35 games in the Appalachian League, Alvarez – then only 17 – had an OPS of .820 from the presence of 131 plates.
And while he’s not natural behind the plate, an NL scout who saw him play at Kingstport called him “defensive service”.
“For a kid with his build, you can see if he can get around,” Scout said of Alfred, it’s listed at 5 feet-11 and 220 pounds. “Looks like he’s got good instincts there and was a bit agile, but he ‘S’ away from a finished product
The thing that stands out most about Alvarez is his crime.
“That’s why he’s a possibility,” said the scout. “He’s strong and fast with the bat.” ‘
Alvarez is one of many who will lose developmental time as sports are still shut down due to the COVID-19 epidemic – although Scout said he is already advanced for his age.
But it still leaves Alvarez at least three years apart from any realistic opportunity to assist the Majors.
By then the mats will probably solve their interesting problems.
J.T. Realmuto, General Manager Brody van Wagner’s trade target before last season, will be a free agent later this season, and the Mets have a book deal – but it’s still unclear what the financial landscape will look like once the game starts.
Nevertheless, as Mike Puma of the Post recently reported, the search for mats for catchers has continued since Mike Piazza left after the 2005 season.
There is a possibility that they may target a collegiate catcher in next month’s short fancy draft, but they will keep a close eye on Alvarez to see if they can possibly meet his potential.