Mark Vientos: Mets Designated Hitter / Infielder (2022-2024)
Mark Anthony Vientos was born December 11th, 1999, in Norwalk, Connectuct. His family moved him to South Florida where he attended high school at Pembrook Pines & Plantation. He grew up a Mets fan due to his father who was born in the Dominican Republic.
Minor Leagues: In 2017 he was signed out of high school, by the New York Mets in the second round of the draft as the 59th overall pick. He played at A Ball for two seasons, getting named the 2019 Mets Minor League Player of the Year. After the Covid 19- 2020 season was cancelled, he was promoted to AA Binghamton. In 2021 he hit 22 HRs in 72games then got promoted to AAA Syracuse.
In 2022 he played in the Futures Game along with Mets future catcher Francisco Alvarez. At AAA he Syracuse he batted .280 with 24 HRs & 72 RBIs. With Pete Alonso at first base & Eduardo Escobar at third base, Vientos would have a tough time getting into the Mets line up.
& JD Davis struggling fans were awaiting his arrival. But when the Mets acquired Daniel Vogelbach, his chances became slimmer.
MLB Debut: Vientos was brought up in September debuting in a 9-3 win over the Marlins in South Florida going 0-5. On September 15th, he collected his first career hit an RBI single off the Pirates Eric Stout. On September 24th, Viento hit his first career HR, a solo shot off Oakland's Ken Waldichuk in a 10-4 Mets loss.
2023: He began the year at AAA Syracuse & would be brought up twice during the Mets disappointing season. He would fill in at first base when Pete Alonso was injured in June, then play in the DH role behind Daniel Vogelbach & Tommy Pham. After Pham's departure & the Mets selling off some of their veteran players, he saw more playing time toward the end of the season.
In his first game on May 17th, Vientos homered with a two-run shot off the Rays Ryan Thompson in an 8-7 win, highlighted by Pete Alonso's walk off HR.
Vientos struggled as did the Mets team, he was batting just .178 in mid-June & was sent back down to AAA Syracuse.
In July he was brought up to replace the injured Starling Marte on the roster. He collected seven hits in his first seven games back up, getting over the .200 mark to .227.On August 29th he drove in the only run of a 2-1 loss to the Texas Rangers with a solo HR off
Aroldis Chapman. But at the end of August, he was hitting back under the .200 mark & never got above it. Two games later he homered again in an 8-7 loss to the Seattle Mariners.
Multi HR Game: On September 20th, he had his first multi-HR game in an 8-3 win over the Marlins in South Florida. Vientos hit two solo HRs, one off pitcher Eury Perez & the other off George Soriano.
He would hit another HR the next night in a 5-4 loss to the Phillies. On September 27th he hit his 9th HR of the year but was still batting just .220.
Stats: On the season he batted a disappointing .167 with one double, one HR three RBIs & three runs scored.