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The Mets Start Their Transition Towards The Future

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After the New York Mets decided that the 2023 season was a total loss, they unloaded on any chance of making a push for the postseason and started looking towards the future.

New York gave their top prospect, Francisco Alvarez, the starting catchers position, and in return he rewarded his club with a 21 home runs and 47 RBIs through 102 games. The other rookies in Brett Baty and Mark Vientos so far have not lived up to the hype as both batting below .220 and have struggled to stay consistent at the bat.

But on Friday night, the Mets finally promoted the organizations #4 prospect Ronny Mauricio and he showed the fans just how good he is capable of playing, after hitting a laser for a double over the right fielders head, for his first MLB base hit. He finished the game 2 for 3. During his first season in AAA in 2023, Mauricio batted .292 (143 for 490), with 30 doubles, three triples, 23 home runs, 71 RBIs, 35 walks and 24 stolen bases through 116 games.

Most fans felt he should have been called up sooner and probably before struggling Baty and Vientos, but the kid is finally in Queens and should get enough at bats so he can continue to shine.

Other than Baty, Vientos, Alvarez and Mauricio, the Mets minor league corps are thin and they do not have any other young bats coming in the near future. But if Mauricio continues to hit for the rest of the month, maybe he can be added to the talk for a starting nod in 2024.

The Mets can not go into the winter, looking to unload a bunch of cash once again for overaged talent, but they do need to look for young arms to help bolster their rotation and bullpen.

Denyi Reyes, who is just 26 years old, finally had a productive outing for the Mets as he tossed 5.1 innings, allowing just two runs on three hits, with no walks and struck out three against a potent Texas Rangers line up. Reyes, who has always been a starter, began the season with the Mets out of the bullpen, and did a great job in the month of April posting a 0.00 ERA, with three hits, two walks and seven strike outs in 6.1 innings. But The Mets decided to give him a spot start on May 1 against the Atlanta Braves, and they lit him up for five runs on five hits, and two home runs in one inning of work. His second spot start against the Braves,  he tossed 4.2 innings, allowing five runs on eight hits, and was allowed to throw 109 pitches. He actually had 90 pitches after four, and the Mets genius coaching staff thought it was a great idea to send him back out in the fifth to throw 29 more pitches. But Reyes, who has been a journeyman since his minor league days with the Boston Red Sox organization, responded with a solid outing on Wednesday and should be a young arm the Mets can count on in 2024.

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For the Mets to make some noise in 2024, they will need their young studs to play up to expectations, and even though Alvarez has proven that he is just as good as advertised, even with more room to grow, Baty, Vientos and now Mauricio will all need to join in and prove that the Mets did not make a mistake by holding on to them at the trading deadline.

All three have been great AAA players, but they need to now turn that into great MLB players to help the big club win.

The Mets need to win in 2024, especially with locking up Brandon Nimmo and Francisco Lindor, and hopefully doping the same with Pete Alonso.

The pieces to the puzzle are there, but just like in 2023, they can not look at the team on paper and think they are good enough to win, they have to actually do it on the field, day in and day out.

After Mauricio’s stellar debut on Friday in Queens, was a success, the future of the New York Mets, the the four Baby Mets, look very bright again.

Photo Credit: SNY – The Baby Mets

 

 

David is the Co-Founder and Executive Editor of Legends On Deck®, as well as a Co-Host on Legends On Deck Podcast. David was a Senior Editor for MetsMerizedOnline.com, MetsMinors.net and Contributor for Hardballchat.com that spanned from 2010 to 2014. David made his MLB Debut as a writer in June 2014, while covering the NY Mets at Citi Field, for MetsmerizedOnline.com. David also coaches baseball for ages 13-15, a Babe Ruth League team in his local community. David's passion is coaching the game he loves to the future Legends of Tomorrow as well as making available a website that people can have fun sharing and reading. David is also passionate about his career as a Mortgage Loan Officer which allows him to help many families reach their dreams of owning a home. Connect with David via his Social Media pages as he loves to chat all about baseball.

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