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The Mets Call up Prospect Francisco Álvarez

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Ruf, a right-handed batter who was hitting .152 for the reason that Mets acquired him from the San Francisco Giants in early August via trade, landed on the injured list on Friday with a neck strain, thus creating the opening for Álvarez.

Asked if six games were enough time for Álvarez to point out if he could be a useful bat on a playoff roster, Mets Manager Buck Showalter said before the sport, “No. No one is that good. We’ll take what’s there. That is about tonight’s nine innings, and we predict he has potential to assist us. We’ll see. We will’t ask them to increase the season.” He added later: “He’s in an excellent place swinging the bat and we hope to benefit from that.”

Álvarez, however, displayed his usual confidence when asked the identical query about whether he had enough time to point out his readiness: “Clearly, obviously.”

Although the Mets haven’t received much offense from their catchers (the group led by James McCann and Tomás Nido has combined for a .559 O.P.S., twenty sixth in M.L.B. entering Friday), they’ve guided the team’s pitching staff well. The Mets’ earned run average of three.58 was eighth best in baseball. Thus Álvarez, who’s less refined behind the plate, is probably not given a heavy load there.

In 2018, the Mets signed Álvarez out of his native Venezuela at 16 as a world amateur free agent for a franchise-record $2.7 million. In three seasons within the minor leagues (the 2020 campaign was worn out by the pandemic), Álvarez shot through the Mets system and proved that his hitting abilities were legitimate.

In 2021, he posted a .272 batting average with 24 home runs. And this season, in 112 games between Class AA Binghamton and Syracuse, he hit .260 with 27 home runs, an .885 O.P.S. and an appearance on the M.L.B. Futures Game, the annual All-Star type contest that features the most effective prospects in baseball. He returned from an ankle injury in September feeling higher.

“We got right into a circumstance here where we had a necessity, and he’s been checking the boxes on what we would have liked developmentally,” Mets General Manager Billy Eppler said before the sport. “So, we gave him the chance.”

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