The latest on Francisco Álvarez

Keeping tabs on the Mets' No. 1 prospect

August 18th, 2022

Álvarez was ranked as MLB Pipeline’s No. 13 international prospect during the 2018-19 signing period, and the Venezuela native signed with the Mets for $2.7 million that July. The 20-year-old backstop has lived up to all the hype and more. Even if Álvarez didn’t play a premium position at catcher, he would be one of the most exciting offensive prospects in baseball. But as a rare slugger who plays behind the plate, Álvarez’s profile does gets a huge boost, one big enough to make him the top prospect in baseball, according to MLB Pipeline.

Age: 20
MLB rank: 1
Team: Syracuse Mets (Triple-A)
ETA: 2023
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Aug. 17: Reaches twice in loss
Francisco Álvarez managed to snap his hitless streak on Wednesday, going 1-for-4 in Triple-A Syracuse's loss to Charlotte. He also reached base via walk. Despite the base knock, Álvarez is still in a slump, as his last extra-base hit came on Aug. 5. Gameday »

Aug. 16: Scores run in win
Francisco Álvarez's struggles continued on Tuesday, as he went hitless for the third straight game with Triple-A Syracuse. In that span, he is 0-for-11, dropping his average with Syracuse to .168. He reached on a fielder's choice and came around to score. Gameday »

Aug. 14: Hitless in quiet night
It was a forgettable night at the plate for Francisco Álvarez on Sunday. Álvarez went 0-for-4 with a strikeout during Triple-A Syracuse's 2-0 loss to Buffalo. Gameday »

Aug. 13: Hitless in loss
It wasn't a banner day for Francisco Álvarez on Saturday, as he went hitless in Syracuse's loss to Buffalo. He went 0-for-3 with a strikeout and a hit-by-pitch, He also committed an error behind the plate, dropping a foul ball. Gameday »

Aug. 12: Drives in run in loss
Francisco Álvarez drove in a run with a single in the eighth inning on Friday, but that was about it during Triple-A Syracuse's 3-1 loss to Buffalo. Álvarez caught all nine innings and ended the night 1-for-4. Gameday »

Aug. 10: Walks in quiet night
It was a forgettable night at the plate for Francisco Álvarez on Wednesday. Álvarez went 0-for-3, only reaching base via walk once. Gameday »

Aug. 9: Drives in run in loss
Francisco Álvarez added to his RBI total on Tuesday night, driving in a run in Triple-A Syracuse's loss to Buffalo. The run came on a single in the third inning, his 64th run driven in this year. Álvarez ended the night 1-for-4 with two strikeouts. Gameday »

Aug. 5: Álvarez hits two-run homer
Francisco Álvarez continued a strong month of August with Triple-A Syracuse on Friday. The 20-year-old catcher hit a two-run home run during the third inning. It was his fifth home run at the Triple-A level and 23rd overall this season. Gameday »

Aug. 4: Álvarez walks, scores
It was a quiet night for Francisco Álvarez despite crossing the plate once. The 20-year-old catcher went 0-for-4 with a walk and a run scored during Triple-A Syracuse's 7-6 loss to Lehigh Valley. Gameday »

Aug. 3: Homers in another strong game
Francisco Álvarez is having himself a great week after struggling early on during his time with Triple-A Syracuse. The 20-year-old catcher hit a solo home run during the seventh inning of Syracuse's 6-1 loss to Lehigh Valley on Wednesday. It was his fourth home run at the Triple-A level and 22nd overall this season. Full story »

Aug. 2: Has first multihit Triple-A game
After a slow first month, Francisco Álvarez is starting to heat up for Triple-A Syracuse. The 20-year-old catcher singled twice and scored a run during Syracuse's 13-6 loss to Lehigh Valley on Tuesday, going 2-for-5 overall on the night. It was his first game since he hit his third home run at the Triple-A level on Sunday. Gameday »

July 31: Swats two-run homer
Francisco Álvarez gave Triple-A Syracuse a big boost in the first inning against Omaha on Sunday, as the 20-year-old catcher launched an opposite-field two-run homer. It was the third home run at the Triple-A level for Álvarez and his 21st of the season. He ended the day 1-for-4. The big blast was the only offense Syracuse needed, as the pitching staff held Omaha to just one run. Gameday »

July 30: Doubles in defeat
Francisco Álvarez went 1-for-4 with a double and a run scored in Triple-A Syracuse's 6-3 loss Saturday. Álvarez has racked up five extra-base hits and six runs over his past seven games. Gameday »

July 29: Álvarez singles, walks twice in win
Francisco Álvarez had a solid night at the plate on Friday, going 1-for-3 with a run scored, two walks and an RBI single in the second inning. Gameday »

July 28: Blasts walk-off two-run homer
Take a bow, Francisco Álvarez. The Mets' top prospect played the hero for Triple-A Syracuse on Thursday, swatting a walk-off two-run blast to lift the club over Omaha. It was his second homer at the Triple-A level and his 20th overall. He also worked two walks and scored a pair of runs in a 1-for-3 performance. He now has a hit in four of his past five games after he only had one hit in seven games prior. Gameday »

July 27: Álvarez doubles, walks in loss
Despite the loss, Francisco Álvarez had a solid night at the plate on Wednesday. The 20-year-old catcher went 1-for-4 with a double and a walk during Triple-A Syracuse's 10-4 loss to Omaha. Gameday »

July 26: Álvarez draws two walks
It was a quiet night for Francisco Álvarez despite getting on base twice. The 20-year-old catcher went 0-for-2 with two walks during Triple-A Syracuse's 5-1 loss to Omaha. Gameday »

July 23: Hits grand slam
Francisco Álvarez hit the first Triple-A home run of his career Saturday, a two-out grand slam in the fifth inning of a 7-3 win vs. Worcester. It was a breath of fresh air for the 20-year-old catcher, who came into the game hitting .111 without a home run in nine games with Triple-A Syracuse. Álvarez had 18 home runs with Double-A Binghamton before being called up to Triple-A on July 4. Gameday »

July 22: Doubles in return
Francisco Álvarez helped lead Triple-A Syracuse to a win in their return from the All-Star break, smacking an RBI double in a win over Worcester. Álvarez went 1-for-4, adding a walk and a run scored to his double. The sixth-inning double marked his first hit since July 8. He had a tough night defensively, though, recording an error on a pickoff attempt and allowing a passed ball. Gameday »

July 16: Walks in Futures Game
Starting as the DH for the NL squad, Francisco Álvarez had two at-bats in the 2022 SiriusXM All-Star Futures Game, working a walk in his first. He was pinch-hit for in the fifth inning, allowing Brewers prospect Jackson Chourio to take some swings.

July 14: Álvarez draws three walks
Francisco Álvarez once again came up empty in the hit column Thursday, but it was still a productive day at the plate. Álvarez reached base three times via walks and had a sacrifice fly in the second inning. Gameday »

July 13: Álvarez shows patience at the plate
Francisco Álvarez didn't have any hits Wednesday, but he showed some patience at the plate drawing two walks in five at-bats. Álvarez also scored twice. Gameday »

July 12: Álvarez goes hitless in catching start
Francisco Álvarez started behind the plate for Triple-A Syracuse on Tuesday, but didn't have much to show for it. Álvarez went 0-for-4 with three strikeouts during their 4-0 loss to Jacksonville. Gameday »

July 9: Hitless as defensive replacement
Francisco Álvarez didn't start for Triple-A Syracuse on Saturday, but after Patrick Mazeika exited after the first inning, he was thrust into action. Álvarez scored a run in the win, but went 0-for-3 with two strikeouts as Mazeika's replacement. Gameday »

July 8: Notches first Triple-A XBH
Francisco Álvarez got his first extra-base hit at the Triple-A level on Friday, doubling in the sixth inning of Syracuse's loss to Buffalo. Álvarez went 1-for-3 on the night and was one of two Syracuse players with an extra-base hit, as they only managed to scrape one run across. Gameday »

July 8: Named to All-Star Futures Game roster
The newly minted No.2 overall prospect in baseball Francisco Álvarez is headed to L.A. for the 2022 All-Star Futures Game. Álvarez is one of five Top-10 prospects to be named to the rosters and the lone Mets representative at the game. This comes after Álvarez was promoted to Triple-A Syracuse on July 4, meaning its been a pretty good week for the young backstop. Álvarez is hitting .271 with a .902 OPS and 18 homer on the year. More >

July 5: Álvarez moves up on Top 100 re-rank
Francisco Álvarez has climbed up the prospect rankings -- all the way from No. 6 to No. 2 on the updated Top 100 Prospects list. The 20-year-old catcher continues to mash as he joins the upper levels on the Minor Leagues for the first time, and he is one of only three prospects with a 65 overall grade on the 20-80 scouting scale.

July 4: Álvarez enjoys strong Triple-A debut for Syracuse
The catcher all Mets fans want to see in Flushing is officially one step away. Francisco Álvarez made his Triple-A debut and contributed an RBI single during Syracuse's 4-3 win at Buffalo. Baseball's No. 6 overall prospect came through with a tiebreaking single with two outs and the bases loaded in the fifth inning.

Álvarez also walked and threw out a runner attempting to steal on a close play at second to end the fourth.

The 20-year-old backstop was promoted after powering through the Double-A Eastern League over the last seven weeks. Overall, Álvarez slashed .277/.368/.553 with 34 extra-base hits, 18 homers and 47 RBIs in 67 games for Binghamton. -- Michael Avallone

July 4: Álvarez promoted to Triple-A
Hot-hitting Francisco Álvarez, the Mets’ top-ranked prospect, was officially promoted to Triple-A Syracuse, the club announced. Álvarez entered Saturday with a .313/.402/.627 slash line over his last 44 games.

Álvarez had been on a homer binge at Double-A Binghamton, with 14 of them over his last 136 plate appearances. While team officials acknowledge that he still has plenty of development to complete as a defensive catcher and game-caller, Álvarez is already one of the most accomplished power-hitting prospects in the Minor Leagues. How he fares at Triple-A could determine how aggressively the Mets consider a big league promotion later this summer, as a possible DH or bench option down the stretch.

Álvarez, who is only 20 years old, has played just 66 career games above Class A ball.

June 25: Álvarez homers in three-hit game
Francisco Álvarez
made sure to put the exclamation point on an already excellent month of June.

Álvarez, the 20-year-old catching phenom, continues to dominate opposing pitching, with his 3-for-5 night just the latest entry in a standout stretch. He’s slashing .284/.370/.573 through 61 games, giving him a .943 OPS that ranks fourth in the Eastern League.

After going hitless in his first two at-bats Saturday, Álvarez singled in the fourth inning, added another in the sixth and capped off his night with a deep drive over the wall in left field in the eighth. It was his seventh three-hit game this season, tied with Detroit farmhand Kerry Carpenter for the most in the EL. Full story »

June 12: Not a replay -- Álvarez goes deep again
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. -- Jacob Resnick

June 8: Álvarez homers for Binghamton
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. -- Stephanie Sheehan