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This Friday the Mets and Braves kick off an epic three-game series, ideal to enjoy over the weekend. The NL East lead will be at stake between two of the best teams in all of baseball.

With a do-or-die series to avoid the Wild Card and advance to the second round of the playoffs, the Mets have promoted MLB's No. 1 prospect, Venezuelan catcher Francisco Álvarez, undoubtedly a luxury reinforcement for such a scenario. The news was initially reported by Daniel Alvarez of El Extrabase.

It is not for nothing that Francisco Alvarez, only 20 years old, has become one of the most sought-after prospects in all of baseball, although the real question is whether he will be up to the task in a series where the future of the team is at stake.

Who is he?

Born in Guatire, Venezuela, Alvarez signed with the Mets in 2018 for the sum of $2.7 million, and since then, he's been destroying every level of the minor leagues.

While Alvarez is not a defensive prodigy, we may be looking at one of the most exciting offensive prospects. The Venezuelan is capable of hitting to all areas of the field, but what is most surprising is his raw power. In 2021, he smacked 24 homers, second among Minor League teenagers.

The Venezuelan has been working hard to raise his level behind the plate, trying to improve his framing and blocking, to complement his offense, which will undoubtedly be one of the best in the major leagues, in a position where it is difficult to achieve consistency with the bat.

The power hitting catcher averaged .260/.374/.511 with 27 home runs this season while splitting time between Double-A Binghamton and Triple-A Syracuse. The force the Venezuelan hits the ball with is also remarkable, consistently exceeding 100 mph exit velocity since he was 19 years old.

Although his major league career is just about to begin, there is never a shortage of hopeful comparisons to Mike Piazza, a Mets Hall of Famer, right-handed slugger, and one of the best power hitting catchers of all time.

New role in the Big Show

The Mets don't have good offensive production with right-handed hitters like Darin Ruf and rookie Mark Vientos as DH, while left-hander Daniel Vogelbach also does against right-handed pitchers.

After hitting .315 against lefties, with an OPS of 1.019 this season, Alvarez could take over as designated hitter, especially against left-handed pitchers.

Atlanta will open the series against the Mets with left-handed pitcher Max Fried; Alvarez's call-up to the majors can be seen as an immediate move to place him in the lineup. In a series of this nature, where every detail counts, no advantage can be granted, and New York is looking to take the lead in the first game.

Alvarez could also put pressure on the Mets' catchers, who offensively have been below expectations. Tomas Nido is batting for .242 with 2 HR and 27 RBIs, while James McCann is hitting .190 with two HR and 15 RBIs.