With the New York Mets floundering at 20-23, and following a listless performance in Tuesday’s 8-5 loss to the Tampa Bay Rays, the Amazin’s have finally called up slugger Mark Vientos from Triple-A Syracuse.
Vientos has been killing the baseball in Triple-A all season, and fans have been calling on the team to give the 23-year old an opportunity at the Major League level. In 38 games this year, Vientos has 13 homers and is hitting .333 on the year.
The New York Mets are calling up slugger Mark Vientos, sources tell ESPN. Vientos, 23, is hitting .333/.416/.688 with 13 home runs in 38 games at AAA this season, and as the Mets look to escape this dreadful start, they’ll turn to Vientos as part of the solution.— Jeff Passan (@JeffPassan) May 17, 2023
Only one met player is hitting over .300 on the year, and that is Brandon Nimmo at .308. Pete Alonso is the only Mets player in double-digits in home runs with 14.
Vientos who is a first baseman by trade, will likely see most of his time in the corner outfield spots or at Designated Hitter. Starling Marte (.236, HR, 10 RBI), Mark Canha (.231, 3 HR, 12 RBI) and Daniel Voglebach (.250, 2 HR, 13 RBI) have each struggled to get going this season.
Mark Vientos hit his 13th home run of the season tonight— Joe DeMayo (@PSLToFlushing) May 17, 2023
107.2 MPH off the bat and 411 feet. He is hitting .336 with a 1.111 OPS
I simply can’t give you a good reason why he’s not in Queens right nowpic.twitter.com/HCSvDIlCUV
The Mets need the power of Vientos in this lineup. The Mets have already called up Brett Baty and Francisco Alvarez this season. There could be more youngsters on the way, especially if the Mets keep struggling in the win-loss column.