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.
Desmond Lindsay was the Mets 2nd round pick in 2015 (also their highest pick) and has struggled the last several seasons. BA wrote about his injuries from 2017 and 2018, mainly an elbow injury from a nerve surgery and that even when healthy, recently Lindsay wasn’t producing. But before the book went to print in 2019, Desmond had a strong Arizona Fall League where he hit .286/.355/.643 in 31 PA’s with 3 homers, which is the same total he hit in all of 2018. BA credits this to a “new swing that allowed him to contact the ball out front. That enabled him to hit the ball in the air for power thanks to his above-average exit velocities.” Things were looking like they may start to go in the right direction. They ended their preview that he is one of the strongest and most athletic players the Mets have. In 2019 they thought he would reach Binghamton but there was a chance he would have to go back to St. Lucie first.
This is where the story takes a turn for Desmond. He’s assigned to St. Lucie and he struggles over 15 games and 59 PAs hitting .196/.305/.294. He then tears a hammy and is out for the rest of the season. So while BA’s prophecy wasn’t true, his performance was in line with their opening thoughts about his injury history.
The Mets are faced with an interesting choice of where to play the 23 year old next season. Does he start in a league he is definitely older than? Do they have room in Binghamton for him to figure it out and get regular reps? Can he put it all back together? We certainly hope so.