Evan Roberts: Mets need to play Vientos, Baty, and Mauricio as much as possible


The New York Mets have been one of the biggest disappointments in baseball this season. After an offseason of seemingly unlimited spending, they’ve turned into sellers ahead of the trade deadline.

The Mets have already dealt away Max Scherzer and David Robertson, and others should be joining them before Tuesday evening’s deadline. That should open up some playing time for younger players.

WFAN’s Evan Roberts of Audacy’s original podcast “Rico Brogna” sounded off on what he wants the Mets to do with their young players after the trade deadline.

“Ronny Mauricio should be on an effing plane to Kansas City,” Roberts said (16:52 in player above). “Because this new post-deadline Mets better feature every young player getting the most amount of at-bats humanly possible.”

Mauricio, 22, is batting .293 with an .835 OPS in 92 games at Triple-A Syracuse this season. He’s brought his average up from last season’s .259 at Double-A and hasn’t lost much of his power with 16 home runs as opposed to 26 last year.

The Mets have already called up a few of their top prospects this season, including Francisco Alvarez, Brett Baty, and Mark Vientos.

Alvarez and Baty have more or less taken over starting roles at this point. Vientos, however, has been recalled twice this season and has seen limited playing time.

That needs to change with the Mets waving the white flag on the season.

“So that means Mark Vientos every day. That means Brett Baty every day,” Roberts continued. “That means Ronny Mauricio every single day.”

Mauricio developed as a shortstop but has been playing mostly second base for Syracuse this season. He’s also played 21 games in left field for some added versatility.

No matter where he plays, the Mets need to call him up and give him some major-league experience in what has become a lost season in New York.

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