By Jerry Del Priore
The New York Mets minor league system is strong at the shortstop position, with No. 1 ranked Andres Gimenez on MLB Pipeline Prospect Watch list Andres Gimenez making waves, not to mention Amed Rosario manning the spot with the big club.
But they have another budding youngster in 17-year-old Ronny Mauricio, whom the Mets signed in the 2017 international draft for $2.1 million dollars after being ranked tenth.
At six-foot-three and 166 pounds, Mauricio will more than likely fill out his young frame and develop more power, though he had already shown raw pop in the Dominican Republic during the off-season.
The San Pedro de Macoris, Dominican Republic, native has good bat speed, with a nice swing. The one thing Mauricio will need to cut down on is his strikeouts-to-walk ration, as he has 27 versus seven in 147 at-bats this campaign with the Gulf Coast League Rookie Level Mets.
But New York’s No. 8 prospect is batting .327 with three home runs, 27 RBI, 13 doubles, and three triples across 37 games thus far.
Defensively, Mauricio has good hands, with an above-average arm and is rated by major league scouts as solid overall at the shortstop position. However, it’s believed that he could further his power bat and switch to third base or one of the corner out field spots in the future.
Turning just 18 in the spring of 2019, Mauricio will get the time to mature physically and mentally. MLB Pipeline Prospect currently projects him to reach the MLB in 2022.