Francisco Alvarez, C, NYM

He was only 17, and he’s a catcher, so how much could we expect of him anyway? Well…

Video courtesy of 2080 Baseball
  • Born: November 19, 2001
  • B/T: R/R
  • 5’11”, 220-lbs
  • Drafted by the New York Mets in 2018 out of Venezuela.

The Numbers

His raw numbers are listed above courtesy of baseball-reference.com. Let’s aggregate by year then focus on the important numbers for minor leaguers:

The kid was 17 last summer, in his first taste of professional ball, he was younger than just about anyone else on the field, and he had to field the catcher position. So when you see the greens and blue above under those circumstances, no wonder the scouts are so giddy!

Gets on base? Check.

Has power? Check.

Draws walks? Check.

Doesn’t strike out excessively? Check.

Any questions?

He sure likes hitting lefties, but you’d take even a .325 OBP against righties from a catcher, wouldn’t you?

Reports were that he had power to all fields. What I see above in a very small sample size is that he certainly has power (you try hitting home runs off professional pitchers when you are just 17). The pull power is clear, and the reports are that he has all fields power.

The Scouts

Warnings

Uh, he’s only 18 now?

He’s a catcher.

He’s only been in Rookie ball.

That’s about it, just rote warnings that could apply to anyone.

Conclusion

Meet the best catcher prospect outside of Adley Rutschman. Reports on his defense are fine, so he should stick behind the plate. The power is real, even as a teenager. The body type is fine, more muscular than you’d think given his height and weight.

So what we really are saying is that he has the usual caveats of youth and position, but otherwise this is a guy who should be on everyone’s Top 100 lists next year, and will soon be considered one of the best prospects in the game.

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