The Mets announced on Wednesday that the club extended the contract of general manager Sandy Alderson. This doesn’t come as much as a surprise despite a rather disappointing 2017 campaign for the Mets.
Mets COO Jeff Wilpon said, “I’m excited that Sandy will continue to lead the organization.”
Alderson helped build the 2015 roster which ended the Mets’ postseason drought dating back to 2006. They lost the World Series in five games to the Royals. In 2016, the Mets lost the NL Wild Card game to the Giants. In 2017, largely due to injuries, the Mets finished a disappointing 70-92 in fourth place in the NL East.
Alderson is now 70 years old but the Mets seem to think he’s still the best fit for the job, at least for the near future. The Mets aren’t expected to make any big splashes this winter, at least in free agency. The club has been linked to Indians second baseman Jason Kipnis and before that had been linked to then-Tigers second baseman Ian Kinsler.
ESPN’s Keith Law has released his annual top-100 prospects list. According to Law, Braves outfielder Ronald Acuna is the number one prospect in baseball.
After blazing through High-A and Double-A ball last season, Acuna was the youngest player in Triple-A in 2017. He was 19 years-old all season long and put up a fantastic line of .335/.384/.534 in 486 plate appearances at Double and Triple-A. He then went on to star in the Arizona Fall League, leading that circuit in homers. Law, who is not one to throw hyperbolic comps around, says, “if Acuna stays in center and maxes out his power, he’s going to be among the best players in baseball, with a Mike Trout-ish profile.”
Acuna, who is 20 now, is likely play the bulk of the season in Atlanta, even if he’s kept down at Triple-A for the first couple of weeks of the season to manipulate his service time, er, I mean to allow him to develop his skills more fully. Or something. Given the presence of reigning Gold Glove center fielder Ender Inciarte, Acuna is not likely to man center for the Braves this year, but Law says he’d be a plus right field defender, which could make the Braves outfield Death to Flying Things in 2018. At least when Nick Markakis is not playing.
Number two on the list: Blue Jays third base prospect Vladimir Guerrero Jr. As law notes, the name may be familiar but he’s not very much like his old man. Mostly because young Vlad can take a walk. Which is better, even if it’s nowhere near as fun as swinging at balls that bounce in the dirt first.
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