April 17, 2021

Mets’ Francisco Alvarez learns from watching James McCann (New York Post)

PORT ST. LUCIE, Fla. — The Mets arrived at spring training with championship aspirations, but their youth is also being served early in camp.

Catcher Francisco Alvarez, the organization’s No. 2 prospect per MLB.com, is among the top talents taking in his first big-league camp, using the experience to watch and learn from James McCann.

“We haven’t been able to talk much, just because he’s been trying to learn all these new pitchers that are here,” Alvarez said through an interpreter Sunday. “But I have learned a lot just from watching him and how he prepares himself and goes about his routine.”

The 19-year-old Alvarez, who is rated the No. 48 overall prospect by MLB.com and Baseball America, said his focus is currently on improving his defense after hitting .312 with a .916 OPS in his first pro season of rookie ball in 2019.

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