Mets Calling Up No. 1 Prospect Francisco Alvarez

The days of not having an offensive catcher may be over as the Mets announced the No. 1 ranked prospect on MLB’s Pipeline, Francisco Álvarez, will be called up prior to the team’s series opener against the Atlanta Braves.

The stakes are high, and it is likely we will only see the 20-year-old catcher as a DH, but this move seems right going into the biggest series the Mets have had in what seems like years.

Álvarez is coming off his first season in the upper Minors, finishing .260/.374/.511 across 112 games with Double-A Binghamton and Triple-A Syracuse.

Calling up the young star-to-be (Mets fans hope, anyway) gives the Mets a much-needed strong bat to rely on, as the Amazins have not exactly lived up to the name when it comes to the designated hitter position. Where the Mets previously used players like Dominic Smith, J.D. Davis, Daniel Vogelbach, and Darin Ruf, the solution may just be Álvarez, who hit a modest 27 home runs this season. The Mets need an answer, as they rank 18th in the league in DH OPS.

This move is tactical, coming at a time when the Mets need offensive production against a tough Atlanta roster that boasts Austin Riley (.275/37 HR/92 RBI), Dansby Swanson (.276/22 HR/92 RBI), and Ronald Acuña (.267/15 HR/49 RBI). Not to mention ex-Mets catcher Travis d’Arnaud, who is batting .270 with an .801 OPS this season and typically roughs up his old team.

The Mets enter Friday’s three-game series against the Braves with a one game lead after a 5-4 extra-innings win over the Fish on Wednesday night. The Mets’ role players are finally stepping up and producing, like Eduardo Escobar, who is having himself quite the month of September with a .330 AVG, eight home runs, 24 RBI (five on Wednesday night), and a 1.017 OPS.

If the Mets want to make a run in October, everyone needs to step up. They can’t just rely on Pete Alonso to hit moon shots. They need to get back to the gritty small ball and be aggressive on the base pads.

Here is what will happen based on the results of the upcoming series:

The pitching matchups are in the Mets’ favor, as they are scheduled to have Jacob deGrom (5-3. 2.93 ERA), Max Scherzer (11-4, 2.13 ERA), and Chris Bassitt (15-8, 3.27 ERA) take the mound against Max Fried (13-7, 2.50 ERA), Kyle Wright (20-5, 3.18 ERA), and Charlie Morton (9-6, 4.29 ERA).

Get hype, Mets fans:

Let’s ride.

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