The New York Mets are looking to call up prospect Francisco Alvarez just in time for the weekend’s decider against the Atlanta Braves. Daniel Alvarez-Montes reports. Joel Sherman adds that Alvarez is looking to get postseason playing time, especially against left-handed pitchers, albeit as a designated hitter.
Alvarez, 20, is widely regarded as the best prospect in all of baseball. This season, he hit .260/.374/.511 with 27 home runs in 130 games split between the Double-A and Triple-A levels. Suffice to say, this is a great production for a 20-year-old on his first senior minor tour. This is especially true given that Alvarez has a premium catcher position. In his minor league career, Alvarez, a right-handed batter, has an OPS of .911 over three seasons.
Ahead of the 2022 season, our very own RJ Anderson ranked Alvarez as. Here is part of what he wrote:
“Despite his youth, he hit .272/.388/.554 hitting 24 home runs at two levels in 2021. Part of Alvarez’s season included a stint with the St. Lucy Mets. It was then that he showed the highest average exit rate. the league has seen the whole season – and that league has included players like Jordan Walker, Anthony Volpe and Austin Hendrick. It’s rare to see such offensive power from a young defender who is sure to get left behind.”
Alvarez will be ready to make his major league debut in the biggest series of the year for the Mets. The Mets are only one game ahead of the Braves in the National League Eastern standings, and the upcoming series at Trueist Park could really determine who takes the division title. The stakes are high as the winner of the NL East will qualify for the first round straight to the Division Series alongside the Los Angeles Dodgers in the NL bracket. Meanwhile, the division runner-up will be forced to play a best-of-three Wild Card Series, likely against the San Diego Padres.
Left-hander Max Fried scheduled Atlanta’s starting lineup for Game 1 of the series on Friday night, so Alvarez could be thrown right into the fire.