Mauricio was one of the top available talents in the 2017 international signing class, agreeing to terms with the Mets for a hefty $2.1 million bonus. He was advanced enough to skip right to the GCL last summer, where he more than held his own as a 17-year-old before a brief eight-game stint in the Appalachian League to finish the year. He’s extremely young for the South Atlantic League but doing just fine, especially impressive considering how many talented, high-profile teenage prospects struggle through April in full-season ball.
A rangy, quick-twitch 6-foot-3, Mauricio’s athleticism and projectability jump off the page. His actions on both sides of the ball are effortless, and there’s unusual coordination for a player of this size and age. A switch-hitter, he’s significantly more advanced batting left-handed. Mauricio shows a fluid, balanced stroke from both sides of the plate, but there’s much more barrel-feel and general zone awareness when facing righties. His burgeoning raw power likely won’t show up in games for awhile, as he’s much younger than his competition and has two swings to develop. That said, with such a long-levered frame and a fast bat, it’s easy to see the potential for power down the line. Defensively, he’s surprisingly light on his feet for a larger player and shows the actions to potentially stick at the position. There’s easy carry across the infield with more than enough strength to stick at 3B if he outgrows the middle of the field.
It will be a few years until we really know what Mauricio will be, but what’s exciting is there’s a scenario where he develops into a star. Mauricio has a chance to impact the game with all five tools, with an especially high ceiling considering his switch-hitting, center-diamond upside. He only has about 100 pro games under his belt but already ranks among the top prospects in the Mets organization.