New York Mets prospect Ronny Mauricio has started getting noticed after being on MLB.com’s top 100 prospect list two years in a row. The 6’3” switch-hitting shortstop is ranked 58th, and given his young age, is certainly a guy who could soar up the list in the future. Mauricio was signed out of the Dominican Republic at the age of 16 in 2017 and the Mets gave him a signing bonus of $2.1 million. This is looking like a good investment so far, because four years later the now 20 year old is the Mets’ third ranked prospect.
Ronny Maurico is a capable defender, and scouts believe he will be able to stick at shortstop. His above average arm could make a move to third base easy, and necessary, considering Francisco Lindor will be at shortstop for the next ten seasons in Queens. Mauricio could also end up being a great trade chip for the Mets. With the Mets in win-now mode, Lindor at shortstop, and Maurico still a few years away, at least, Mauricio may end up being a guy who ends up helping a Mets postseason run from another organization. That being said, the Mets ought to be careful. They do not want another Jarred Kelenic situation on their hands.
Emphasis on Projections:
When he was signed, the possibility of him filling out his 6’3” frame was a main draw, along with his raw athleticism. Finally this year, the 20 year old has been able to put on some muscle. He has 17 home runs in 86 games with the high A Brooklyn Cyclones. He only hit 7 total in his previous 173 professional games prior to 2021.
Ronny Mauricio’s stock is currently highly dependent on projectability. This is due to him simply not putting up good numbers in the minors so far. He has a .260/.299/.401 career minor league slashline, but he has a .240/.286/.455 slashline in 2021. His .455 slugging percentage in 2021 is extremely encouraging. He is starting to become the power hitting shortstop he is projected to be.
Unfortunately there are still steps that need to be taken if Mauricio is going to make the big leagues. The biggest factor will be his ability to improve his approach at the plate. Despite the uptick of his power, Mauricio’s continues to have a low on base percentage. This is why Mauricio is still firmly in the projection phase of his prospect journey. Scouts insist that his hit tool and on base skills will improve, hence the high ranking on most reputable prospect rankings (58 on MLB.com, 27 on Fangraphs). But for now, he’s on the outside looking in on the inner circle of top shortstop prospects like C.J. Abrams, Bobby Witt Jr., Marco Luciano, and Anthony Volpe.
Mets System on the Rise
Good thing for the Mets, all of Mauricio’s offensive deficiencies are very fixable. He is still only 20 years old. It will be on the Mets’ player development if he does not reach his full potential. His raw athleticism and newfound strength are plenty good reasons for Mets fans to get excited for Mauricio.
Ronny Maurico is a big part of a rising New York Mets farm system. Along with Mauricio, fellow MLB.com top 100 prospects Francisco Alvarez and Brett Baty head the Mets system. So get excited Mets fans the future is looking bright.