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Mets Finally Calling Up Top Prospect Ahead of Crucial Braves Series

Adam Taylor McKillop
The New York Mets are finally calling up top prospect Francisco Alvarez ahead of the crucial series against the Atlanta Braves.
The New York Mets are finally calling up top prospect Francisco Alvarez ahead of the crucial series against the Atlanta Braves. / ASSOCIATED PRESS
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In a move that New York Mets fans have been clamoring for throughout the entire season, the franchise finally made a decision to call up top prospect Francisco Alvarez. The timing is interesting. New York opted to make this move the night prior to a crucial three-game series against the Atlanta Braves.

The NL East title is on the line in Georgia this weekend, and Alvarez figures to have some sort of impact on this race.

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The No. 1 overall prospect in New York's minor leagues for the past two years, Alvarez projects as a long-term cornerstone star for the franchise. He's an above-average defender with a plus-arm at catcher, but does his damage in the batter's box.

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Following his July promotion to Triple-A, Alvarez finished the minor league season on a tear. The 20-year-old slashed .371/.421/.686 including three home runs and 10 RBIs in his final 35 at-bats in Syracuse.

Alvarez is also the MLB's No. 1 overall prospect, according to MLB.com's prospect rankings.

The expectation is for Alvarez to initially contribute as a DH against left-handed pitching. This could mean the young phenom makes his MLB debut as early as Friday night when the Atlanta Braves trot out lefty ace Max Fried.

Mets fans should get used to hearing Alvarez's name. The future star of the franchise is finally here and any sort of success in this final regular season stretch will leave the fanbase eager for more.

As of now, the Mets hold a slim 1.0 game lead in the NL East standings. A sweep will give New York its first division title since 2015, the last year this franchise made a World Series appearance. New York holds heavy -390 odds to win the division, according to MLB odds on FanDuel Sportsbook.

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