This is the second year where we are walking through the previous season’s Baseball America’s Top Prospect handbook, looking at the all the Mets to see how they are developing against Baseball America’s Projections.
Francisco Alvarez‘s stock has been rising! In the Baseball Prospectus 2020 Annual he’s ranked as the 88th overall prospect in baseball and last year was his first year playing professional ball. The Mets signed him as a 16 year old in 2018. He was the 9th overall prospect in the 2018 international signing class. BA notes that “Alvarez hits for above-average power. He has the barrel control, bath path and plate discipline to hit for solid average.” They finished his profile by saying he has a long trek to the majors but should be worth the wait. At #12 on the prospect list, he’s the first prospect that has a ranking grade of 55 (Szapucki, Woods-Richardson, Newton, Vientos, Alonso and Gimenez are the others, Mauricio has a 60).
So how did he do in his first year of professional ball?
2019 Gulf Coast Mets: 7 G, 31 PA, .462/.548/,846
2019 Kingsport Mets: 35 G, 151 PA, .282/.377/.443
Alvarez came on the scene in a big way with a smooth 1.395 OPS in 7 games in the Gulf Coast league where he was 2.5 years younger than the average player. He then destroyed Kingsport with a .812 OPS. He was 3.5 years below the average age in that league.
Alvarez is going to be a lot of fun to watch. Just don’t BVW anywhere near him.