Mets prospect Luis Carpio is now expected to miss the entire 2016 season after undergoing surgery for a tear in his right labrum, per Marc Carig. It was originally reported that the young shortstop would miss an "extended period of time."
This is bad news for the 18-year-old prospect, who Amazin Avenue had ranked as the #6 prospect in the Mets' system. Jeffrey Paternostro had this to say when news Carpio's surgery was first reported:
"This is a fairly significant setback for Carpio, our #6 prospect. While he is only 18 and 3-5 years away from a major league role, he likely would have been ticketed for an aggressive assignment in the South Atlantic League (High-A). Now, assuming he doesn't miss the entire season, he still won't be in games until the summer and the Mets will likely take it slow with his rehab. The best-case scenario has him getting to Low-A Brooklyn sometime this season.
"This is mostly speculation without knowing the extent of the injury and the timetable for rehab, but the issue is in his throwing shoulder, and Carpio's arm is only average. This could also accelerate a move to the right side of the infield, which would put more pressure on his bat to develop. This doesn't really affect his long-term projection otherwise, but 2016 could have been a step onto the national prospect stage for Carpio if he performed well in full season ball."