3 Mets Prospects That May Make the Team with Strong Spring Trainings

While 2024 may not be a year Steve Cohen is going all in, a few prospects may provide some excitement for the future.
Sep 17, 2023; New York City, New York, USA; New York Mets owner Steve Cohen on the field before a
Sep 17, 2023; New York City, New York, USA; New York Mets owner Steve Cohen on the field before a / Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports
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1. Luisangel Acuna - Infielder - 21 years old

When the Mets decided to enter a full-scale rebuild by trading away Max Scherzer, they ate his salary in order to get a prospect of Acuna's caliber in return. The younger brother of Ronald Acuna, Luisangel ended the 2023 season as the Mets' top prospect and will have the best chance to make the team out of Spring Training.

If Acuna can play third base, he will be in the competition for third base with Brett Baty and Mark Vientos, as well as veteran signing Joey Wendle. Baty will enter camp as the favorite despite struggles at the plate. The position we may most likely see Acuna play if he makes the Opening Day roster is second base. Acuna had already said that he sees himself playing there long-term.

If Acuna can show an ability in Spring Training to hit against major league-caliber pitching, he has an opportunity to skip triple-A and head right to the majors. A strong spring may see Jeff McNeil moved to the outfield full time with Acuna stepping in at second base.

The Mets would be best served letting Acuna spend time in the majors this season for him to get acclimated until the team is ready to push their chips all in again.

For Steve Cohen and the Mets, the biggest priority this season should be developing the team's prospects. Even if pitchers like Vasil and Scott don't develop into front-line starters they can still become extremely valuable as back-end of the rotation pitchers, relievers, or trade chips.

Mark Vientos and Brett Baty should get extended playing time in 2024 so the team can prioritize one and maybe use the other as a trade chip to clear up the infield logjam. After outspending every team in baseball, it would be nice if Steve Cohen could find some cost-controlled younger players from within the system.

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