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Mets prospects Jett Williams, Kevin Parada discuss big league goals at start of Double-A season

For some of the Mets’ top prospects at Double-A Binghamton, a cold, rainy day ahead of the start of the season on Friday was not going to dampen their hopes in taking big leaps during the 2024 season.

For Jett Williams – the No. 1 prospect in the organization – his 2024 goals are simple: stay healthy so he can play as much as possible and make a big jump in his age-20 season.

“For me, it’s just stay healthy the whole year, try to be on the field, but for the most part, just kind of make my big league debut this year,” he said Tuesday from Binghamton.

“I think that it's going to be tough,” he continued. “But you just kind of working at it every single day, have a good mindset of going into each and every game and kind of leaving it out there.”

Across three levels ending with Binghamton last season, Williams was an on-base machine over 121 games producing a slash line of .263/.425/.451 for an .876 OPS with 13 homers, 22 doubles, eight triples, 55 RBI and 45 steals.

Williams, who said at spring training that he “doesn’t care” which position he plays this year just “whatever gets me to the big leagues the fastest,” added that he is going to see time at shortstop, second base and centerfield to start the year for the Rumble Ponies.

For catcher Kevin Parada, the Mets’ No. 9 prospect, the focus is on keeping himself grounded as he continues to climb the ranks to the show.

“Obviously, the biggest goal for everyone is the big leagues and as we go up in that level you got to have different steps and part of my steps is, hey I'm in Binghamton now, be in Binghamton now,” the 22-year-old said. “Keep my feet here, enjoy it while it lasts because it goes by real quickly.”

He continued. “Part of it is being where my feet are now, doing what I can do, staying in the process because I'm going to have good days, bad days, ugly days it’s just part of the game we play. And as long as I can continue to take the steps in the right direction, I know that good things will come. My talent and my hard work will take over.”

Parada made a similar climb to Williams, playing the bulk of the season with Single-A Brooklyn before ending with the Rumble Ponies. In 105 games across three levels of minor league play, the catcher batted .248/.324/.428 with a .751 OPS and 14 homers, 23 doubles, four triples and 54 RBI.

When asked about watching fellow catcher Francisco Alvarez quickly move his way through the system, Parada said he is ready to move at whatever pace Mets’ president of baseball operations David Stearns wants.

“Obviously we have a new regime and front office and we're all learning about each other, we don't know everything about how he will handle stuff,” he said. “And who knows? If you play the game right they might move you quickly, they might not.

“Play the game every day, stay healthy, that's the biggest goal out of the year. If I can stay healthy, then no matter what happens. I'm gonna go at the pace I'm supposed to go at, whether it's fast or slow or however it is.”