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Mets’ prized prospect Francisco Alvarez promoted to Triple-A



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Francisco Alvarez is one step away from Queens.

The highest prospect was knowledgeable Saturday that he can 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 wherein he posted a .921 OPS with 18 house runs. Alvarez seemingly 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 might slug his option to the majors earlier than he can legally drink. It nonetheless is not any certain factor — and since a lot is demanded from catchers, a call-up to the Mets seemingly would come up from a necessity at DH — however the risk is now higher.

The Mets have a couple of month earlier than the commerce deadline, once they might want to resolve whether or not they need to add one other righty hitter. That may very well be Alvarez if he treats Syracuse’s competitors the identical means he handled the pitchers in Double-A.

Francisco Alvarez runs a drill during spring training.
Francisco Alvarez runs a drill throughout spring coaching.
Cory Sipkin

“I feel Vladdy, Acuña, Tatis Jr. — these guys have been in my spot and so they’re already within the bigs,” Alvarez advised 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 would like 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 team’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 assist our gamers’ emotions,” Showalter stated. “Now we have a number of guys, good 4 or 5, I assumed immediately [you could] make an actual sturdy case for.”

Second baseman Jeff McNeil heads Showalter’s checklist. Earlier than he sustained a hamstring damage in June, the 30-year-old was placing collectively a stable comeback season.

“[McNeil is] a man that you recognize ought to be on the All-Star group,” Showalter stated. “He’s the main second baseman in about the whole lot — 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 getting into Saturday led all second basemen within the Nationwide League. His .451 slugging share, .829 OPS and 75 hits positioned him inside 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 can be named to the group.

“They’ve tried very exhausting to make it as honest as doable and have completely different avenues to get essentially the most deserving folks there and likewise characterize the sport correctly,” Showalter stated. “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 stated. “He’s sort 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 present beginning to their son any day. The lefty’s departure got here shortly after his strong start versus the Rangers on Friday, wherein he tied his career-high of 10 strikeouts over six innings.

Peterson has but to be formally positioned on the paternity checklist. The Mets will monitor his state of affairs to see if he wants the utmost 72 hours.

“He’ll be again when he thinks it’s acceptable to return again — it’s he and his spouse’s determination,” Showalter stated. “We’re hoping for good issues for him and his household. I acquired 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 aid appearances in 2021, formidable stats that Showalter argued are sometimes missed.

“Typically we underestimate how a lot we missed the Trevor Might from final 12 months on the membership this 12 months.”

The Mets partnered with the Make-a-Want Basis to honor Jett “Macho” Diaz and signal him to a serious 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 carrying a full Mets uniform.