The latest on Mets top prospects

June 26th, 2022

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Mauricio drives in four, Álvarez adds homer (June 25)
Francisco Álvarez
and Ronny Mauricio made sure they put the exclamation point on an already excellent month of June.

Álvarez, the Mets’ No. 1 prospect, and Mauricio, New York’s No. 3, both homered in Double-A Binghamton’s 11-0 win over Reading. For Álvarez, it was his ninth homer of the month, while Mauricio’s long ball made it consecutive nights in which he left the yard. Full story »

Baty homers in three-hit performance (June 23)
For the fourth time this season, Brett Baty collected three hits in a game.

New York’s second-ranked prospect cranked a two-run homer and singled twice in Double-A Binghamton’s 5-4 win over Reading. Baty collected base knocks to right field in his first two at-bats before blasting a go-ahead two-run dinger in the fifth to give the Rumble Ponies a 3-1 lead.

The lefty slugger has been hot as of late, slashing .325/.413/.575 with three homers, eight RBIs and five walks in his past 10 games. He’s now hit safely in 14 straight games to boost his season average to .282. -- Stephanie Sheehan

Vientos homers twice in five-RBI night for Syracuse (June 14)
A 10-day absence only served as a temporary reprieve for International League hurlers, who find themselves tormented more and more by Mark Vientos.

Two games into his return and nothing has changed.

The No. 5 Mets prospect homered twice and drove in a season-high five runs as Triple-A Syracuse rolled past Norfolk, 18-6, at Harbor Park. Vientos left the yard on Sunday in his first game off the seven-day IL, and has now gone deep nine times in 22 contests since the beginning of May.

The 22-year-old kept his foot on the gas which continued a torrid stretch of offensive firepower. Vientos opened the scoring in the first with a two-run jack in the opening frame. With Syracuse already enjoying a 10-0 lead in the fifth, the Florida native went the other way again, this time a three-run poke for his second multihomer game of the season and sixth of his career. Full story »

Not a replay -- Álvarez and Baty go deep again (June 12)
Mets fans who follow the Minors closely might be starting to wonder if their phones are hitting them with repeat notifications.

Alas, Francisco Álvarez and Brett Baty are just that hot. The pair -- ranked No. 1 and No. 2 in the organization, respectively -- once again belted a homer each in Double-A Binghamton's 7-4 win over New Hampshire.

Álvarez got the party started early with his blast in the first inning, a towering drive that stayed just inside the left field foul pole. It was his 13th home run of the year and ninth in his last 15 games. Over that timeframe, which began on May 26, no player in the Majors or Minors has more homers.

Meanwhile, Baty continues to rake since returning from an IL stint on June 3. His homer, an opposite-field fly, was his second since coming back, and along with his two walks on the afternoon raised his on-base percentage over that span to .459. -- Jacob Resnick

Álvarez, Baty homer for Binghamton (June 8)
The pop just won't stop for these top Mets prospects.

Top prospect and MLB No. 7 Francisco Álvarez, along with No. 2 Mets and MLB No. 23 Brett Baty, both homered for Double-A Binghamton across a doubleheader against New Hampshire. Álvarez has been on fire recently, with homers in back-to-back games and five in his last 10. The 20-year-old catcher's dinger was the lone run scored for the Rumble Ponies in Game 1, a solo blast to left-center on the first pitch he saw for his 11th long ball of the season. He's raised his average to .277 and has hits in nine of his last 10 games.

Baty did damage in Game 2 of the twinbill, drilling a solo homer on the fifth pitch of the game for his fourth jack of the year. He added an RBI single in the win, giving him three mulithit efforts in his last six contests to go with a .260/.351/.420 slash line in 41 games. -- Stephanie Sheehan

Álvarez and Mauricio are catalysts at Double-A (June 5)
Two of the Mets top prospects are showing big-time pop for the Rumble Ponies.

The Mets' third-ranked Ronny Mauricio (MLB's No. 71) homered twice, including one following a long ball from No. 1 Mets prospect (MLB No. 7) Francisco Álvarez to give Double-A Binghamton back-to-back jacks in the third inning of its 5-4 loss to Somerset.

Álvarez's was a two-run shot to left field, and Mauricio's exited out of right field. His first-inning homer was to center.

The pair knocked in all of their team's runs, with two RBIs a piece.

Both have two homers already in June, with five blasts combined five days into the month. -- Ethan Sands

Lee, Mangum have big games for 'Cuse (June 3)
It was quite the game for No. 8 prospect Khalil Lee and No. 22 prospect Jake Mangum for Triple-A Syracuse in its 13-1 win.

Mangum stole the show, collecting four hits for the second time in seven games while scoring four runs and driving in three. The 26-year-old started his night with a single on the first pitch of the game before roping two RBI doubles, one to left and one to center, along with an RBI single to center. The 2019 fourth-rounder has been all over Triple-A pitching since his callup on May 24, slashing .366/.395/.488 in his first nine games with more doubles (5) and RBIs (5) than strikeouts (4).

Batting second and playing right field, Lee had a strong day of his own, clobbering a three-run dinger as part of a two-hit, four-RBI day. A brief trip down to Single-A St. Lucie to fix his swing seems to have done wonders: two of the 23-year-old’s three home runs on the season have come in the last four games and he’s collected 13 hits in 10 games since coming back to Syracuse. -- Stephanie Sheehan

Álvarez continues torrid stretch with another homer (May 30)
A lengthy slump is officially over for Francisco Álvarez. Baseball's seventh overall prospect belted his eighth home run, singled and scored three times to power Double-A Binghamton past visiting Somerset, 13-2. Álvarez has gone deep four times in his last five games after enduring a 29-game homerless stretch from April 17-May 25.

After opening the year with a .355/.432/.871 slash line, eight extra-base hits and 12 RBIs, the 20-year-old slumped badly as his average dipped to .209 and his OPS fell to .733. However, Álvarez has since found his stroke, batting .342/.402/.562 with eight extra-base hits and five RBIs in 18 games.

Overall, the backstop is hitting .269 with an .833 OPS and 23 RBIs. -- Michael Avallone

Tilien cracks a trio of homers for St. Lucie (May 29)
Playing in just his 14th game in Single-A, Junior Tilien made some history.

The Mets infield prospect set a club record with three roundtrippers and drove in five runs to fuel St. Lucie's offense in an 11-9 win over Dunedin at TD Ballpark. The five RBIs marked a personal best for Tilien, who entered the game with two career long balls, both since May 14.

In a game that featured eight home runs, including a club-record six by the Mets -- Tilien was the star. After joining St. Lucie on May 3, the 19-year-old put himself in the club's record books. A flyout in his first at-bat extended a slump to 2-for-19 dating back to May 21. Full story »

Álvarez clubs first homers since April (May 26)
Francisco Álvarez
’s home run drought had reached 29 games.

Baseball’s No. 7 overall prospect is known for his raw power; with a grade of 65, it’s his best tool. But after clubbing four dingers in his first six games of the season, the 20-year-old didn’t go deep for over a month. 

That changed emphatically in Double-A Binghamton’s 6-4 win at Reading.

The top Mets prospect launched two long balls in consecutive at-bats while adding a double, a single and a walk. He finished the day with 11 total bases, a new career high. Full story »