The New York Mets have invested a lot of resources to build a team that can win today, and by today, we obviously mean in 2023.
However, they are also working tirelessly to make sure the Mets are a sustainable franchise.
That means having a strong analytics staff, developing their own stars through research, coaching and scouting, and putting together an impressive farm.
Basically, they want to reach the Atlanta Braves, the Los Angeles Dodgers, or the Houston Astros’ levels of sustainability over time.
That is obviously not achieved overnight.
They have been able to develop some very good prospects.
It’s actually prospects season, with Baseball America publishing their top 100 list and MLB Pipeline (and FanGraphs, Baseball Prospectus and other important sites) also posting a lot of related coverage.
Neither of the two is their catcher of the future, though.
“The @Mets are the first team since 2011 to have two of the top 3 on the preseason Top 10 Catching Prospects list,” MLB Pipeline tweeted.
— MLB Pipeline (@MLBPipeline) January 18, 2023
MLB Pipeline ranked Francisco Alvarez as the top catcher prospect in baseball.
We have already seen him in MLB.
Young Kevin Parada, the 11th pick in the 2022 MLB Draft, is third in the ranking.
Alvarez is considered the owner of the best power tool among catching prospect, while Parada has the best “hit” tool.
The former is expected to be a factor in 2023, while the latter should reach the majors around 2025.
It appears the franchise is set at catcher for years to come.