Two Mets land on ESPN's top 100 MLB prospects list for 2021

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Two Mets have made ESPN's top 100 MLB prospects list for 2021.

The list, put together by Kiley McDaniel, has shortstop Ronny Mauricio at No. 61 and catcher Francisco Alvarez at No. 82.

ESPN is not as bullish on the Mets' farm system as Keith Law of The Athletic, whose recent top 100 prospects list had four Mets -- Alvarez (No. 19), Mauricio (No. 32), right-handed pitcher Matt Allan (No. 90) and outfielder Pete Crow-Armstrong (No. 94). Law also listed 3B Brett Baty among 12 prospects who "just missed" his top 100.

Here's some of what ESPN had to say about Mauricio:

"It's easy to imagine Mauricio as another XL shortstop with plus offense when you watch how he moves on the field, but he has plenty of risk to go with that mammoth upside."

And here's part of what ESPN said about Alvarez:

"Alvarez still shows above-average defensive skills and arm strength to go with a powerful frame that produces above-average raw power potential and the indicators of above-average contact skills -- though it's still a little early to say that with certainty."

As far as former Mets prospects on the list, outfielder Jarred Kelenic came in at No. 3, and right-handed pitcher Simeon Woods Richardson was No. 90.