The New York Mets have had a strong hold on the National League East this season despite seeing little production from the catcher position. It has caused the team to consider an accelerated path to the majors for top prospect Francisco Alvarez as he continues to tear it up at the Double-A level.
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Alvarez came into the season as a player expected to see his MLB debut come at some point in 2023. He compares his own journey to that of Vladimir Guerrero Jr. and Fernando Tatis Jr., though. Players that exceeded expectations in the minor leagues in a big way, prompting an early call up to the top.
The 20-year-old is currently the youngest player in the Eastern League, but that hasn't stopped him from making an impact. Alvarez is slashing .275/.348/.549 on the season to go along with 32 runs scored, 14 doubles, 13 home runs and 33 RBI. His dominance is on full display through 50 games.
Skipping over the Triple-A level used to be unheard of. However, it is becoming more and more common in a league that emphasizes youth. The Mets' current catching situation sees James McCann on the injured list as Tomas Nido and Patrick Mazeika try to fill in the gap as best they can.
MLB fans should get used to hearing the name Francisco Alvarez. The sport's No. 7 overall prospect may be playing in front of the New York faithful sooner rather than later. For now, the Mets own the fourth-best odds to win the World Series at +750, according to FanDuel Sportsbook.
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