Most Mets fans know that Amed Rosario and Dominic Smith as the two bright young prospects in the farm system. People are holding them to high standards and rightfully so. Rosario is a plus hitter with great defensive skills and Smith brings stability at first with a little bit more power at the plate. However, they’re not the only prospects that fans should be excited about. Here’s a look any some other players in the Mets organization with lots of upside and the potential to do great things in Queens.
Jhoan Urena, 3B
Ever since David Wright was diagnosed with spinal stenosis, third base has been hard to hold down. While Jose Reyes and others have done what they can to do so, no one has been abe to truly establish themselves in the long term.
Urena, who was recently named an all-star in the Florida State League, is currently hitting .320 with an .864 OPS, 29 RBI’s and 17 doubles. He has spent time at both third and first base this season in an effort to improve his versatility. The 22-year-old switch hitter even played alongside Amed Rosario with the Brooklyn Cyclones, where the two developed great rapport.
Should Wright’s back problems continue, there’s a chance we could see a new third baseman playing on a long-term basis.
Travis Taijeron, OF
At 28 years old, it may be a little generous to consider Travis Taijeron a prospect. The outfielder is now in his seventh year with the organization and his third with the Las Vegas 51’s, the Mets’ AAA affiliate. Over that span he has produced a .510 SLG and has slugged 118 home runs, including eight this year.
Taijeron’s biggest problem in that span has been his strikeouts. In each season, his struck out totals have been higher than the amount of games he’s played. With Jay Bruce and Curtis Granderson both on the last years of their respective contracts, an opportunity might arise for Taijeron to finally crack the big league roster.
Thomas Szapucki, LHP
The Mets’ fifth round pick in 2015 showed lots of promise a year ago after struggling the year before. In nine starts, Szapucki put up a 4-3 record, a 1.38 ERA and struck out 86 batters in just 52 innings. This is huge for a major-league team with growing question marks in both the starting rotation and the bullpen.
Szapucki’s fastball usually reaches as high as 97 mph and the organization loves his curveball. However, he needs to prove that he can be consistent enough, and healthy enough, to stay on the mound as either a starter or a reliever.
Desmond Lindsay, OF
Despite the surplus of outfielders, the Mets can’t seem to find a mainstay centerfielder. Although Juan Lagares fields the position very well, he doesn’t hit well enough to stay in the lineup on a consistent basis. Enter Desmond Lindsay.
The 20-year-old, who grew up a Mets fan, has played centerfield ever since he was drafted and has extremely high upside, with the potential to be a plus hitter and an above-average defender. However, Lindsay has had health problems dating back to high school, where he missed all of senior year with a hamstring injury. If he can stay healthy, which he seems to be doing so far this year, there’s no telling what he might be capable of in the years to come.
P.J. Conlon, LHP
Born in Belfast, Northern Ireland and raised in San Diego, Conlon has established himself as one of the better control pitchers in the organization. In 11 starts this year, he has posted a 3.32 ERA with a 5-4 record.
Conlon only gets to 90 mph with his fastball, but that hasn’t kept him from putting up great numbers since being drafted which includes a 2.01 ERA in that span.
Even if the starting rotation is out of his reach, his success against left-handed hitters could serve him well as a specialist in the bullpen.