In a move that is set to make the major league Mets even more interesting, highly touted prospect Ronny Mauricio is reportedly being called up when rosters expand on Friday, according to The Post's Joel Sherman. Although the 22-year-old does not have a solid position, he brings with him an intriguing bat. Mauricio has been impressing at Triple-A Syracuse, with an .860 OPS, 23 home runs, and 24 stolen bases in his first 115 games. While he has shown some improvement in plate discipline this season, with a slightly improved walk rate of 6.6 percent and a slightly lowered strikeout rate of 18.2 percent, his defense is what has held him back from finding a consistent position.
With Francisco Lindor currently occupying the shortstop position, the Mets have been experimenting with Mauricio in different positions without much success. Reports indicate that he did not perform well at second base, which he started playing in late April, and had similar results when moved to both third base and left field. However, in the past two weeks, Mauricio has been playing at second base again, and manager Buck Showalter has noted that he has been doing well in that position.
Showalter emphasized the importance of defense and stated that it is a priority for young players coming into the big leagues. Despite Mauricio's defensive struggles, the Mets are hopeful that he will make up for it with his hitting abilities. The team will be meeting on Thursday to discuss their options for Friday's call-up, and it has been confirmed that both Mauricio and Brett Baty are under consideration. Mauricio is already on the 40-man roster and is currently the organization's No. 4 prospect, according to MLB Pipeline.
Meanwhile, Baty, who has had a poor defensive reputation, has struggled with his bat during his first season with the Mets. Although he performed well in Triple-A, he has been unable to replicate that success in the major leagues, hitting just .216 in 86 games. Baty's power has also been lacking, with only seven home runs, and he has struggled to elevate the ball, with over half of his batted balls being hit on the ground. After a rough August, he was demoted to Syracuse, where he has started to find his stride again, with an .824 OPS and five home runs in 16 games.
While the Mets may not have a successful season in September, the performances of Mauricio or Baty could be a positive development for the team. Showalter expressed his belief that both players are under consideration for the call-up and asked, "Who else would you like to see?" In terms of pitching options, Joey Lucchesi or Grant Hartwig could potentially be called up from the 40-man roster. Ultimately, the Mets hope that the addition of Mauricio and potentially Baty will bring a fresh perspective and inject some excitement into the team.