OAKLAND, Calif. — Francisco Alvarez’s goal in spring training was to reach the major leagues this season.
The Mets’ top prospect has gotten as far as Triple-A Syracuse after a midseason promotion from Double-A Binghamton. With Syracuse’s season set to expire Thursday the question becomes whether Alvarez’s season will necessarily be over.
Team brass appears to have left the door ajar for the 20-year-old catcher to reach the majors.
“If presented with a particular circumstance we have to consider all options at Triple-A,” general manager Billy Eppler said Friday, declining to elaborate further.
Eppler was first asked by Newsday about the viability of Alvarez being promoted.
The Mets have received respectable production in recent weeks from catchers Tomas Nido and James McCann, but Alvarez’s raw power might be worth considering in regards to the postseason roster, as the team has received disappointing results from Darin Ruf, and more recently Mark Vientos, as right-handed DH options.
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Alvarez entered Friday with a .226/.358/.452 slash line with nine homers in 41 games for Syracuse. He missed 2 ½ weeks with a loose body in his right ankle, but since returning on Sept. 11 owned a 1.107 OPS for Syracuse.
If Vientos is going to leave an impression on the Mets this season, his best chance might be this weekend.
The rookie slugger started at DH during the Mets’ 9-2 blowout win over the Athletics where he went 2-for-3 with 2…