Age: 18 yr, Weight: 166 lbs, Height: 6-3
Current Level: A, ETA: 2022
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High upside bat with all the tools to be an above average regular
Originally signed as a 16-year-old out of the Dominican Republic for $2.1 million in 2017, the Mets have been aggressive with Mauricio’s development– he’s an 18-year-old and already in Single-A Columbia.
However, he does have one of the more advanced bats in the minors and won’t get cheated in the box. The switch-hitting Mauricio already has a plus hit tool and has some raw power in his bat, but he still finds weak contact just based on his strength right now. The power will come with age, and strength will come as he matures.
He’s quiet in the box in terms of movement, and has a load and quick swing similar to Robinson Cano. There’s still room for improvement in his swing but the potential is there for Mauricio to contribute with a consistent line-drive approach and hit for power along the way.
In terms of fielding, Mauricio has a cannon of an arm and quick hands from the shortstop position, he shows decent range and good athleticism as well. On the other side, he has below average speed, but with how athletic he is that could change at any moment.
What’s incredibly impressive about Mauricio is his low strikeout rates, in his career he’s struck out at about a 20 percent clip. Especially with how young he is and how much he’ll develop in the power department, being able to keep the strikeout rates down is going to be key for him to develop into an everyday regular. There should be no rush on Mauricio as Amed Rosario is handing shortstop duties fairly well for the Mets in 2020.