Lost in all the commotion between the Mets’ managerial search, the buzz surrounding Yoshinobu Yamamoto and where superstar Shohei Ohtani will land is the Arizona Fall League where prospects from around the league have gone to hone their skills and work on their craft.
Having started on Oct. 2, the season has been well underway. In fact, rosters for the Arizona Fall League Fall Stars Game were announced on Friday with Mets prospect Kevin Parada being selected.
Despite the selection, Parada, New York’s only top-30 prospect sent to the AFL, has struggled during his time in the desert. In 17 games with the Glendale Desert Dogs, the 22-year-old has slashed .182/.239/.379 in 66 at-bats.
The catching prospect only has 12 hits but over half of them have been for extra bases (four doubles, three home runs). Parada’s three long balls are tied for 15th in the league and he’s also driven in nine runs.
However, he’s not the only player representing the Mets, who sent nine players in total, at the Fall Stars Game. First baseman J.T. Schwartz, who is outside of the team’s top-30 prospect list, was also selected.
After getting off to a hot start, the 23-year-old Schwartz has cooled off a bit and is slashing .238/.310/.429 over 17 games. The lefty-swinging slugger has shown off some pop, though, with six doubles (tied for fourth in the league) and two home runs to go along with 12 RBI.
The AFL Fall Stars Game will be played on Sunday, Nov. 5 at 8 p.m. before the regular season comes to an end on Thursday, Nov. 9.