Drafted by the Mets on two separate occasions, Carlos Cortes was first selected by the Mets in the 20th round of 2016 June Amateur Draft, he was drafted out of Lake Howell High School in Winter Park, Florida.
He opted not to sign and gambled on himself by re-entering the Draft In 2018 and it paid off as the Mets once again selected him, this time out of The University of South Carolina in the 3rd round.
The left handed hitting batting second baseman/outfielder appeared in 47 games for the Brooklyn Cyclones right after being drafted that very summer. In his first season of professional ball, he accumulated 202 plate appearances and 178 at-bats during that stretch in which he hit .264/.338/.382/.720 in his first taste of the MiLB. He hit 5 doubles, 2 triples, 4 home runs while scoring 26 runs and driving in 24 RBI’s during his 2018 campaign with the NYPL (A-).
In 2019, the Orlando native had 526 plate appearances that translated into 458 at-bats with St Lucie. Cortes ended the year hitting .255/.336/.397/.733 with 26 doubles, three triples, and 11 home runs while while crossing the plate 64 times and drivin 68 runs.
Cortes is listed at 5’7″ but has above average raw power and his barrel control is amongst the head of the class. He has thick, sturdy legs and is a below average runner on the base paths. There’s questions surrounding his defense at second base and does have a history of playing outfield in his collegiate days but is expected to be a good enough fielder to move up the ranks.
Scouts expect that the 21 year old to be ready for the Majors in about 2 years, during the 2021 season. He could be a vital part to the infield, as long as he continues to hit and get on base… the power is on it’s way.
Updated on January 31st 2021: This is my third time updating you guys with Carlos Cortes and I couldn’t be happier to do it.
Cortes, now 23 years old, is currently ranked 17th amongst the Mets Top 30 prospects on MLB.com and has an ETA of 2021. While it’s hard to imagine Cortes making an impact on the Mets Major League roster in the upcoming season, anything is possible.
As of now, Cortes is playing baseball for Sydney in the AUBL, Australian Baseball League.
In seven games, Cortes is slashing an impressive .360/.393/.560/.953 with five doubles and seven RBI’s in his 25 at-bats. Sure, small sample size, we get it… but it’s super promising and just flat out fun to see.
So until we see Cortes mixing up with the rest of his comrades in Port St. Lucie, enjoy this video of the youngster just crushing one over the right field wall.
Will we see this in 2021? Or Cortes a great trade chip? Let us know what you think!
Photo from Times Union