There are numerous potent prospects in the Mets’ minor league system, such as infielder/designated hitter Mark Vientos. Vientos has been proficient at several positions, namely first base, shortstop, and third base.
Currently, at Triple-A Syracuse, Vientos has been a major source of hitting throughout his professional career. Vientos, a second-round draft selection in 2017, quickly made his way through the minor league ranks. His development on the farm has been strong, as he has wasted no time working towards becoming a major league infielder one day.
Vientos’s minor league journey
Following his signing, Vientos’s professional baseball career began with the Gulf Coast League (GCL) Mets. After 47 games with the GCL Mets, Vientos moved on to the next stage of the rookie league in Kingsport.
Vientos concluded 2017 with a slash line of .262/.318/.398 over 51 games split between the GCL and Kingsport, hitting four home runs and totaling 26 RBIs. During his rookie campaign, Vientos started 23 games at shortstop, splitting the other 28 between third base and the designated hitter spot.
Returning to Kingsport for 2018, Vientos continued to improve as a player. Vientos began to shift away from shortstop, as he started 54 out of 60 games in 2018 at third base. Offensively, Vientos hit .287/.389/.489 with 11 home runs and 52 RBIs.
The next year, the Mets assigned Vientos to their Class A affiliate, the Columbia Fireflies. Vientos played in 110 games with Columbia, giving him a taste of a full major league season. During his stint with Columbia, Vientos slashed .254/.299/.412 with 12 home runs and 62 RBIs.
Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, Vientos did not play in 2020. Despite this setback, he began 2021 with the Double-A Binghamton Rumble Ponies. There, Vientos gained experience at multiple positions, spending time at first base and in left field.
After 72 games in Binghamton, the Mets promoted Vientos to their Triple-A affiliate in Syracuse. Vientos finished 2021 hitting .281/.352/.581, tallying 25 home runs and 63 RBIs in 83 games.
2022 has been a strong year for Vientos, as he currently has 11 home runs and 31 RBIs in 46 games. Despite dealing with knee discomfort earlier this month, Vientos has rebounded quite nicely since returning last week. Since returning from the injured list, Vientos is hitting .258/.361/.645 with eight hits, four home runs, and 11 RBIs.
Vientos has proven to be a quality hitter, continuing to improve at the plate each year. He has now played over four seasons with the Mets’ minor league affiliates. This leaves the Mets with an interesting question – should they call up Vientos this season?
Why the Mets SHOULD call up Vientos
Vientos is a versatile player, having started at several positions in the Mets’ farm system. This creates flexibility for manager Buck Showalter, as Vientos can play well in various spots on the field.
Now that the National League has adopted the DH, Vientos is able to show off his hitting prowess with ease. The Mets have yet to find a consistent designated hitter, which might be the perfect role for Vientos.
Why the Mets SHOULD NOT call up Vientos
Vientos will have heavy competition for a spot as an everyday infielder, as Francisco Lindor has started all but three games at shortstop this season. Additionally, Eduardo Escobar has started 58 games at third base. On top of that, Pete Alonso has been at first base 53 times in 2022.
If Vientos wants to be an everyday infielder, he may not be in luck this season. His usual infield positions are all occupied at the moment, so he may be limited to being a designated hitter.
The Mets should call up Mark Vientos this season, but not as an infielder. The designated hitter spot is wide open, as no Met has started more than 28 games there this season. Nick Plummer has slumped as a DH, which has continued to prevent the team from finding consistency at the position. In J.D. Davis’s last four starts as a DH, he has gone 3-for-13 with one RBI.
Perhaps the Mets should call up Mark Vientos and make him their designated hitter.