By Jerry Del Priore
With shortstop Ronny Mauricio’s hot start to the 2019 season, it easy to see why the New York Mets have rated the 18-year-old as their pre-season third-ranked prospect in their farm system.
Mauricio is currently batting .346 with a .370/.404/.774 split in 52 at-bats in 12 games with the mid-level Class Single-A Columbia Fireflies of the South Atlantic League (SAL).
Mauricio tallied another four hits to add to his total of 18 so far this year, in the Fireflies’ 2-1 win over the Rome Braves (Atlanta) in the series finale Wednesday afternoon at State Mutual Stadium.
Mauricio’s solid bat and good glove have New York excited, and his young age should allow him to add more strength and tap into his power reserves more as he matures.
The Dominican Republic native smacked three home runs last season in two rookie ball stops in the Mets’ system. But that should increase as he physically and mentally develops as he climbs New York’s minor league ranks.