Francisco Alvarez is one step away from Queens.
The highest prospect was knowledgeable Saturday that he will probably be promoted from Double-A Binghamton to Triple-A Syracuse, The Post’s Joel Sherman reported.
Alvarez, the big-hitting catcher, destroyed Double-A pitching by way of 67 video games by which he posted a .921 OPS with 18 dwelling runs. Alvarez doubtless will report back to Syracuse on Monday.
The promotion locations the 20-year-old phenom on the cusp of the majors and improves the percentages that he may slug his method to the majors earlier than he can legally drink. It nonetheless isn’t any certain factor — and since a lot is demanded from catchers, a call-up to the Mets doubtless would come up from a necessity at DH — however the chance is now larger.
The Mets have a few month earlier than the commerce deadline, once they might want to determine whether or not they need to add one other righty hitter. That could possibly be Alvarez if he treats Syracuse’s competitors the identical approach he handled the pitchers in Double-A.
“I feel Vladdy, Acuña, Tatis Jr. — these guys have been in my spot they usually’re already within the bigs,” Alvarez informed The Submit’s Greg Joyce final month, referring to Vladimir Guerrero Jr., Ronald Acuña Jr. and Fernando Tatis Jr., who all made their MLB debuts as 20-year-olds.
“So I need folks to deal with me as a person. That’s how I really feel.”
Buck Showalter got here to the Mets with a status for having his gamers’ backs. On Saturday, the supervisor affirmed that notion.
Talking earlier than his workforce’s 7-3 loss to the Rangers on Saturday, Showalter conveyed his need to see his gamers rightfully represented within the All-Star Recreation this month.
“I actually wish to help our gamers’ emotions,” Showalter mentioned. “We now have a number of guys, good 4 or 5, I assumed in the present day [you could] make an actual sturdy case for.”
Second baseman Jeff McNeil heads Showalter’s listing. Earlier than he sustained a hamstring harm in June, the 30-year-old was placing collectively a stable comeback season.
“[McNeil is] a man that you understand ought to be on the All-Star workforce,” Showalter mentioned. “He’s the main second baseman in about every thing — on-base share, batting common, multiple-hit video games, maintain naming them.”
McNeil’s .319 batting common, .378 on-base share and 23 multi-hit video games coming into Saturday led all second basemen within the Nationwide League. His .451 slugging share, .829 OPS and 75 hits positioned him throughout the prime 5 amongst second basemen the majors.
Although McNeil, who went 0-for-1 in a pinch-hitting look in Saturday’s loss, wasn’t voted as a starter. However Showalter nonetheless has hope he will probably be named to the workforce.
“They’ve tried very exhausting to make it as honest as potential and have completely different avenues to get essentially the most deserving folks there and likewise symbolize the sport correctly,” Showalter mentioned. “Hopefully it’ll get corrected and he’ll go the place he deserves to be.”
McNeil was not the one Mets participant to obtain reward from Showalter. The skipper made certain to acknowledge nearer Edwin Diaz, who was named NL reliever of the month for June after posting a 0.93 ERA.
“Edwin simply needs to win,” Showalter mentioned. “He’s type of come to grips with who he’s and what he has to do to achieve success. He additionally understands how fleeting it may be.”
David Peterson left the Mets on a 12:15 p.m. flight to Denver to are inclined to his spouse, Alex, who is predicted to offer delivery to their son any day. The lefty’s departure got here shortly after his sturdy begin versus the Rangers on Friday, by which he tied his career-high of 10 strikeouts over six innings.
Peterson has but to be formally positioned on the paternity listing. The Mets will monitor his scenario to see if he wants the utmost 72 hours.
“He’ll be again when he thinks it’s applicable to come back again — it’s he and his spouse’s resolution,” Showalter mentioned. “We’re hoping for good issues for him and his household. I obtained a few fatherly phrases of recommendation for him.”
Trevor Might threw 10 pitches off a mound Saturday for the primary time since being shut down on Might 3 with proper triceps irritation.
Might had seven victories and a 3.59 ERA over 68 reduction appearances in 2021, formidable stats that Showalter argued are sometimes missed.
“Typically we underestimate how a lot we missed the Trevor Might from final yr on the membership this yr.”
The Mets partnered with the Make-a-Want Basis to honor Jett “Macho” Diaz and signal him to a significant league contract. Diaz, a New Windsor, N.Y., native, signed his deal whereas sitting between Showalter and basic supervisor Billy Eppler. He later threw out one of many first pitches of the sport whereas sporting a full Mets uniform.