Top Mets and Yankees prospects: Minor league report

We’re now just over two months into the minor league baseball season, so it’s time to check out the Mets and Yankees prospects that caught our eye. While these aren’t all the top prospects per scouting service, these are the guys lighting up the leaderboards in the first few weeks of June.

For the purposes of this article, we will be looking at players who are in Double-A and Triple-A and are under the age of 27, in order to build a prospect.

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New York Mets prospects

Batters

Mark Vientos, 3B (Triple-A) .251/.340/.503, 11 HRs, 31 RBI, 27 points in 46 games

A former shortstop, Vientos lacked the athleticism to play in the middle but had enough to handle 3B or the OF corner. He has quick hands and easy power with the ball that just jumps off his bat. He had some problems with broken balls and his strikeout rate is over 30% for the second season in a row, so that’s something he will have to control.

Wyatt Young, SS (Triple-A) .352/.446/.437, seven RBIs, 14 runs and two SBs in 19 games

A 15th-round pick from Pepperdine last season, Young has been through the Mets organization. He has elite plate discipline and makes a lot of contacts. He lacks power, which isn’t a shock considering he’s 5’7″ and 160 pounds, but he could carve out a David Eckstein-type career if he continues to make that level of contact.

Francisco Alvarez, C (Double-A) .284/.360/.567, 15 HRs, 41 RBI, 36 points in 56 games

The Mets’ top prospect, we covered Alvarez in a bit more detail last week. He has room to grow defensively behind the plate, which could prevent him from being called up this season, but the stick certainly looks ready.

Ronny Mauricio, SS (Double-A) .252/.293/.474, 11 HRs, 41 RBI, 26 Runs, 11 SBs in 57 games

Mauricio continues to put on weight without losing much athleticism, which is great for Mets fans. He has good hands but not a huge amount of athleticism, so he can’t afford to lose any. He’s reduced his strikeout rate by more than 10% this season, which is nice to see, but he’s a free swinger who won’t do a lot of walks.

Brett Baty, 3B (Double-A) .272/.359/.435, six HR, 19 RBI, 36 points in 51 games

Baty also got work in the OF since Vientos is also part of this organization. He has a smooth swing and works gap to gap with solid but not great power. Perhaps more importantly, Baty has also reduced his ground ball rate a lot this season, allowing him to elevate a bit more.

Pitchers

Michel Otanez, RHP (Double-A) 1.80 ERA, 1.20 WHIP, six saves, 12 hits, 20 strikeouts in 15 IP

Otanez has since been called up to Triple-A where he has struggled a bit. His business card is a fastball that can hit triple digitsbut he has some command and consistency issues in his breaking throws that he will need to iron out.

Jose Butto, RHP (Double-A) 4-4, 3.40 ERA, 1.26 WHIP, 46 hits, 66 strikeouts in 53 IP

Butto is now ranked 12th in the Mets prospect rankings according to MLB.com. He has a low-to-mid-90s fastball that he uses well with his change, which is a really good pitch. He lacks overpowered stuff but he has good control and, if his curve becomes more consistent, could be a spin arm backend.

Yankees prospect Estevan Florial
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New York Yankees Prospects

Batters

Estevan Florial, OF (Triple-A) .295/.376/.451, five HR, 20 RBI, 28 points, 22 SB in 50 games

At one point, Florial was one of the Yankees’ top prospects in the organization. Now some shine has faded, but he’s only 24. He has more speed (obviously) and raw power and is a more outfield defender. However, his fluctuating 16.3% strike rate at Triple-A is concerning and suggests he may not be making enough contacts at the major league level.

Anthony Volpe, SS (Double-A) .231/.323/.407, seven HR, 32 RBI, 38 points, 24 SB in 57 games

We covered Volpe in more depth last week. He hasn’t quite had the season many fans were hoping for, but the upside remains very clear.

Elijah Dunham, OF (Double-A) .243/.316/.444, seven HR, 31 RBI, 23 points, 18 SB in 49 games

Dunham is a bit old for Double-A at 24, but he’s produced well this year. As a former 1B, he’s an average defensive outfielder, but he has a good left-handed swing that leads to constant hard contact. He’s not a burner but he’s a smart player who makes the most of his skills. Likely a fourth OF at the MLB level though.

Pitchers

Ken Waldichuk, LHP (Triple-A) 1-2, 2.88 ERA, 1.08 WHIP, 15 hits, 34 strikeouts in 25 IP

Waldichuk is one of the Yankees’ top pitching prospects. The southpaw has a mid-90s fastball that can reach hitters quickly due to his size (6’4″). While it doesn’t have any outstanding secondary pitches, its shift, slider, and curve are all average to above average depending on the day, giving it a safe floor but not an extremely high ceiling.

Carson Coleman, RHP (Double-A) .64 ERA, .57 WHIP, four saves, six hits, 25 strikeouts in 14 IP

Coleman was an undrafted signing from Kentucky. He throws from a forearm lunge, so his fastball gets above-average movement, and he also pairs it with a slider, curve, and shifter to give him a solid four-pitch arsenal. .

Randy Vasquez, RHP (Double-A) 0-1, 2.36 ERA, 1.11 WHIP, 37 hits, 49 strikeouts in 49.2 IP

Vazquez is another mid-90s arm, but he also boasts a devastating power curve that is by far his best pitch. However, like Coleman, he is a forearm thrower, so he has good movement on his fastball to help compensate for his lower speed. His change also flashes more and when it does, he’s an intriguing pitching prospect.

Be sure to check back each month for our preview of the Mets and Yankees minor league prospects.

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