Vientos, a 17-year-old bat-first shortstop, was selected in the second round of the 2017 MLB Draft by the Mets.
The organization put him on the slow track after signing him for $1.5 million, with stops at Rookie-level Kingsport in 2018 and Class A Columbia in 2019.
Before the 2020 epidemic forced him to continue his work at an other training location during autumn instructs, he displayed traditional characteristics of a power bat waiting to emerge.
In 2021, he finally broke through, hitting.281/.352/.581 with 25 home runs in 83 games in Double-A and Triple-A, earning him a spot on the 40-man roster.
It’s frightening to imagine what Vientos’ home run total may have been if he had a full season free of coronavirus delays and cancellations.
His flyball rates have improved as he’s grown older, allowing him to take use of his growing strength.
He improved his recognition of off-speed pitches after a poor start, and despite some strikeout issues, he could be on his way to become an average hit tool.\
Vientos is more vulnerable away from the plate. His strong arm helps him play third base, but his glove and actions aren’t up to par.
The Mets tried him out in left field, and early assessments don’t indicate that he’ll be a good match.
Vientos’ offensive ceiling, proximity to The Show, and 40-man status should mean he’ll be knocking on Citi Field’s door in 2022, when the Mets expect him to get more looks there and at first base.
Who Are Mark Vientos Parents?
Mark Vientos’s parent’s identities are not available. According to reports, Vientos grew up as a Mets fan, thanks to his father’s support for the team.