Ranking the Mets farm system

Posted: October 19, 2012 in Future Mets, Opinion
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By Steven Inman

Mets top prospect Zack Wheeler

We talked yesterday about how important the Mets farm system was to the future of the franchise here. The Rangers and Cardinals could be used as examples as model franchises with great farm systems with players like (STL) Oscar Tavares and (TEX) Jurickson Profar. Most of you are now wondering, just how bad is the Mets farm system? ESPN insider Keith Law before the start of the season ranked the Mets’ farm system at 22nd in the majors, which was actually ahead of division rivals Philadelphia (No. 25) and Miami (No. 28)

Keith Law, who is one of the more respected scout/player analysts guys in the media industry, actually believes the Mets system is getting better. “It’s actually getting better here, but rebuilding a system takes years, and the Mets have really just begun to inject higher-upside talent into the system.” If Law was re-ranking the Mets system after this season it would probably stay in the 22 range as Matt Harvey, Jordany Valdespin and Kirk Nieuwenhuis, who were Mets top prospects before 2012, are no longer rookies.

All-Star Jay Bruce would have been a Met had Mike Pelfrey already been off the board in the 2005 Draft

The addition of Gavin Cecchini the Mets first round pick, as well as improvements from Zack Wheeler and Wilmer Flores will prevent the Mets farm system ranking from being any worse. That being said while there are some intriguing players in the Mets system it is clear improvements must be made. The Mets always have been known for “playing it safe” in the draft. For example the Mets had a pre-draft deal done with Jay Bruce in 2005 but decided to go with Mike Pelfrey instead thinking he was a “safer pick.” Jay Bruce is just 25-years-old and has had 91 homeruns total over the last three seasons.

Many of the Mets picks over the years under Omar Minaya were similar in style however since Sandy Alderson has come on board the Mets have taking players in the first few rounds with more upside. (Mainly high school players) Will that work? It remains to be seen but it is an approach that has worked for many successful teams in the past. Bottom line is the Mets needed a different approach to acquiring young talent so drafting guys with more upside and potential look like a logical decision.

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