More proof that at its core, MLB is all about the Big Apple.
The New York Yankees (39-15) and the New York Mets (37-19) have the best records in baseball.
They also have the best minor-league prospects, according to ESPN’s Kiley McDaniel.
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The MLB insider decided to determine who the game’s best future stars are right now.
Among the eight he considered are Yankees shortstop Anthony Volpe and Mets catcher Francisco Alvarez.
Volpe had a slow start (.170 / .297 / .330, 25% K in his first 30 games), but has since been heating up (.275 / .351 / .451, 17% K in the next 13 games) . … He’s a no-doubt shortstop with 25-home run upside. Alvarez is the youngest of this group by more than six months (still just 20 years old until almost Thanksgiving) and continues to hum right along, demolishing Double-A. He’s playing the most valuable position on the field at catcher and is good enough to stay back there.
In the end, McDaniel gave the nod to Alvarez.
When comparing the two, Alvarez is performing a little better right now, his position is a little more valuable, and he’s a little younger. Volpe’s revelatory 2021 breakout season came out of nowhere, while Alvarez had been anointed as one of the top players in his international signing class at least five years ago. … Right now, I think Mets catcher Francisco Alvarez is the best prospect currently in the minor leagues.
For what it’s worth, MLB Pipeline ranks Volpe as the No. 5 prospect overall, while Alvarez comes in at No. 7.
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