Reviewing Baseball America’s 2018 Top 30 Prospects: #11 Ronny Mauricio

Spoiler Alert; Ronny Mauricio was named the #3 Prospect in the Mets farm system for 2019 last week (ahead of Kelenic and Dunn) so he must have had a good year. Let’s dive in.

Baseball America notes that Mauricio was the #3 international prospect when the Mets signed him at 16, signing him for more than Rosario back in 2012. Baseball America noted that he has a good arm and range, below average speed and projects to have plus power. There was debate about whether he ends up at short or ultimately third because of his speed.

2018 was going to be the switch-hitters first season with the Mets and he made his debut in the Gulf Coast league where he was 2.7 years below the average age. In 49 games and 212 PA’s he hit .279/.307/.421. Nineteen of his first 55 hits were for extra bases including 3 triples and 3 homers (the former being surprising because of his projected speed, the latter being expected). He earned a short promotion to Kingsport playing in 8 games getting 35 PA’s slashing .233/.286/.333 seeing a dip in power in a very small sample size.

At the same age, Amed Rosario hit .241/.278/.358 in his first pro-season and spent the next season in Brooklyn and Savannah. Andres Gimenez played at two levels in the Dominican Summer League at 17 years old. He hit a combined .350/.469/.523. Gimenez was sent directly to Columbia the following year and hit .265/.346/.349.

Using those two players as a guide, I assume that the Mets would like to have Mauricio start in Brooklyn and then go to Columbia at some point.

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