Mets will enhance catching possibilities Francisco Alvarez ahead of the team’s pivotal weekend series against the Braves, reports El ExtraBase’s Daniel Alvarez Montes (Twitter link). The 20-year-old is one of the top minor league sports talents, ranking sixth on the most recent list of America’s Top 100 Baseball Games.
This will be the first major league call for Alvarez, who has entered the professional ranks as an amateur signatory from Venezuela. One of the top prospects in the 2018-2019 international signing period, the 5’10” support only raised his score in professional ball. He hit very well at the rookie ball during his first season in the minor league, but lost a year of excitement with the underage disqualification in 2020 varez opened the ’21 campaign in Low-A but quickly proved too advanced for the level, spending most of the year in High-A.
Alvarez hit .247/ .351/ .538 with 22 home runs in 84 games at this level, an astonishing production of a 19-year-old catch. It jumped him near the top of the odds lists going into this season, with Alvarez crossing the pre-season top 15 in American baseball, Athletic, ESPN and Van Graves. He opened the year at Double-A Binghamton and hooked up with 18 other players in 67 games. His .277/ .368/ .553 overall streak across 296 board appearances earned him a bump to Triple-A Syracuse in early July.
The mansion’s top level gave Alvarez his toughest challenge thus far, but he still kept himself overall. Over 199 board backs out there, it’s marked .234/.382/.443 italicized with nine more hoverings. He hit 26.1% of the worst of his career and contributed to his mediocre hitting average, but the rest of his profile stayed strong. Alvarez walked 17.1% of his trips to the star plate, collecting six pairs plus long balls.
Between the top two, Alvarez has a .260/.374/.511 streak with 27 Homer and 22 doubles on 495 board appearances this season. That stellar display was enough to convince the Mets front office that he could hold his own against the league’s big arms, even at his age. Pinning him at the Pennant race and just before the biggest regular season series of the year for the Mets is a solid show of faith, but Alvarez has performed well on every stop on the minor league ladder thus far.
Joel Sherman from The New York Post Tweets That the club is likely to break it as the right-handed option in the designated hitter. got mets Darren Rove One of the giants on the trade deadline is hoping he can take on the role, but that acquisition isn’t over yet. Rove has a .152/.216/.197 spoiled streak in 29 games as a Met. He made a serviceable .216/.328/.373 in 314 pre-trade board appearances, but his struggles since landing in Queens have led to some questions about how manager Buck Showalter might use the DH role. Get a deadline mate Daniel Fogelbach He has excelled since coming from the Pirates and will continue to spend his playing time against the right pitcher. Alvarez gives Showalter a replacement for the faltering Ruff for the strike against the left hand.
However, it did not seem likely that he would directly intervene as the primary catcher. The Mets have a veteran James McCann As a start, with Thomas Nido support it. McCann has only made 0.10/.256/.264 in 180 board appearances, his second consecutive touchdown of the year offensively. The veteran is rated a slightly above average defender, and has earned solid reviews for his work with the cast. Sending Alvarez right behind the plate in the last few games of the season is more than a front desk and the coaching staff seem comfortable with him, especially given McCann’s long acquaintance with the machine.
Scout reports on Alvarez have always suggested that he is more than just a bat catcher. This is largely a testament to his offensive ability, but evaluators have expressed some concern about his defence. A scouting report from BA indicates that he had some inconsistency as a ball limiter and a ball blocker. The port also notes that Alvarez’s extra raw arm strength could reduce its value due to some flaws in its throw mechanics.
There is general optimism that Alvarez can finally overcome these fears and become at least a competent defender. However, this is a long-standing concern. The urgent issue for the Mets is whether he can make an offensive impact. The Mets enter their group this weekend with a one-game advantage over Atlanta. New York will also hold a tiebreaker for the Braves if they manage to take on one of the three competitions, so they’ll head into next week at the top of the division unless they are overrun. Securing your first NL East title since 2015 will come with a first-round corresponding run, making these last six competitions so pivotal.
Alvarez’s promotion for such important games in the regular season raises the possibility of breaking the post-season roster. Only players on the team’s 40-man roster by September 1 are automatically eligible to participate in the playoffs in one season. However, the players in the organization but not in the 40 players by September 1 Can He is added to the qualifying list in place of someone on the injured list by petition to the commissioner’s office. This situation is fairly common throughout post-season, so the Mets shouldn’t have much trouble getting Alvarez on the playoff roster if they so desire.
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