The Mets have made headlines this offseason with some of their big-name additions like Justin Verlander, but the team has also been working the international market, adding three notable prospects from the international ranks.
On Monday the Mets announced they had reached agreements with 27 international players, including deals with three of MLB Pipeline’s Top 50 international prospects: C Daiverson Gutierrez (No. 27), OF Anthony Baptist (No. 29), and SS Cristopher Larez.
“Today is an important part for our organization’s continued strategy of long-term success,” GM Billy Eppler said in a statement Monday. “I can’t wait for these players to start their journey to the big leagues.”
The team had a base international signing pool of nearly $5.3 million, according to MLB.com’s Jesse Sanchez, who broke the news of the three top signings on Sunday.
Per MLB.com, Gutierrez, aged 17, has plus-power from the catcher position, and has drawn some comparisons to Francisco Alvarez, who still currently sits atop MLB Pipeline’s rankings as the best prospect in the game.
Meanwhile, Baptist, 17, is considered one of the speediest players in this year’s international class, and he will likely continue to develop as a center fielder, where his speed could help him become an elite defender.
Larez, 17, is a five-tool shortstop, per MLB.com, and the hope is his power will continue to develop as he gets older and stronger.
“We are honored and excited to welcome these young men into the organization,” Mets VP of Amateur and International Scouting Tommy Tanous said in a statement. “This is always one of my favorite days of the year as this marks the start of these players’ professional career."
Here are the rest of the players the Mets announced on Monday: Alex Acosta (outfield), Jesus Anton (RHP), Enderson Asencio (outfield), Jean Brito (RHP), Osiris Calvo (LHP), Luis Ceballos (RHP), Daris Cordero (infield), Branny De Oleo (infield), Reniel Dias (outfield), Keiver Garcia (infield), Vladi Gomez (infield), Julian Hernandez (catcher), Ramon Henriquez (RHP), Daviel Hurtado (LHP), Misael Lopez (LHP), Wilmer Lugo (LHP), Elwis Mijarez (RHP), Jonathan Perez (outfield), Henry Pizani (catcher), Heriberto Rincon (outfield), Derek Rodriguez (outfield), Leyderman Ruiz (infield), Marcos Terrero (catcher), Julio Zayas (catcher/infield).