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Top 25 Mets Prospects for 2024: Boston Baro (23)

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Name: Boston Baro

Position: INF

Born: 8/23/2004

Height: 6’2”

Weight: 170 lbs.

Bats/Throws: L/R

Acquired: 2023 MLB Draft, 8th Round (Capistrano Valley High School, California)

2023 Stats: 7 G, 19 AB, .316/.458/.421, 6 H, 2 2B, 0 3B, 0 HR, 5 BB, 1 K, 0/0 SB, .333 BABIP (Rookie)

A three-year letterwinner at Capistrano Valley High School in Mission Viejo, California, Boston Baro is a California native but named as such because he was born into a family of Patriots, Red Sox, Celtics, and Bruins fans. He began his baseball career on the Eagles junior varsity team in his sophomore year but was promoted to varsity in the 2020 season and never looked back, developing into one of the better middle infielders in California.

Originally committed to the University of New Mexico, Baro changed his commitment to UCLA prior to the 2023 MLB Draft. In the draft, the Mets selected the shortstop with their 8th round pick, the 246th player selected overall. The two sides agreed to a $700,000, well above the MLB-assigned slot value of $192,900. The 18-year-old was assigned to the FCL Mets and got into 7 games in total with them, hitting .316/.458/.421 in 19 at-bats with 2 doubles, 1 stolen base in as many attempts, and 5 walks to 1 strikeout.

A left handed hitter, Baro stands slightly open at the plate, holding his hands high and his bat wrapped behind his head at 10:00. He has a loose, easy swing, getting full extension of his arms. Thin and wiry, standing 6’2”, 170-pounds at the present, he shows gap power but should grow into foul-pole-to-foul-pole power in the future. He does not strike out much and scouts and evaluators consider his zone awareness exceptional.

On the dirt, Baro is a strong defender at short who shows a knack for the position, displaying clean footwork, a smooth glove, soft hands, and an above-average arm in terms of strength and accuracy. He has fringy range for the position, but the rest of his defensive skillset should allow him to remain there in the long term future given his age.