Francisco Alvarez
18-Year-Old CatcherC
New York Mets  Rookie
2020 Fantasy Outlook
This offseason's catching prospect du jour, Alvarez was aggressively assigned to the Gulf Coast League as a 17-year-old, but that lasted just seven games (281 wRC+) before he needed to be given an even more ludicrous assignment. Six months younger than the next youngest hitter in the Appalachian League, Alvarez still managed to thrive, logging a 129 wRC+, 11.3 BB% and 21.9 K% while using the whole field (35.7 Oppo%) and lifting the ball with ease (38.1 GB%). The fact that he is a catching prospect is what makes this insane, as catchers typically lag a couple years behind other position players on their march to the big leagues, due to the time and effort needed to become a capable defender. Alvarez can improve his framing, but nobody questions his ability to stick behind the plate. He could be a 60- or 70-grade hitter with plus power and good on-base skills, and his bat should keep him on a fast track. Read Past Outlooks
$Signed a contract with the Mets in July of 2018 that includes a $2.7 million signing bonus.
Bangs out two doubles in debut
CNew York Mets  R
June 26, 2019
Alvarez went 2-for-4 with a walk, two doubles, two runs scored and an RBI for the GCL Mets on Tuesday.
The 17-year-old Venezuelan got a relatively aggressive assignment for his age but didn't look out of place at all in his professional debut. Alvarez pulled down a $2.7 million deal with the Mets last summer due to his massive raw power and hit tool, but he'll need to put in a lot of work on his defense as he climbs the ladder if he's going to remain behind the plate. His bat has the potential to play at any position on the diamond, however, and the club's No. 16 fantasy prospect could make a big leap in prospect rankings this year if he keeps raking.
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Gets $2.7 million from Mets
CNew York Mets  R
July 2, 2018
Alvarez agreed to a $2.7 million deal with the Mets on Monday.
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