According to Keith Law of ESPN, the Mets have the sixth best farm system in all of baseball.
Sep 27, 2013; New York, NY, USA; New York Mets pitching prospectNoah Syndergaard
is presented with his Sterling Award before a game against the Milwaukee Brewers at Citi Field. Sterling Awards go to the Mets
Law, a former scout and special assistant for the Blue Jays who now works for ESPN, ranked all 30 teams and published his article today (ESPN insider subscription required).
Here’s how the Top 10 looked:
1. Houston Astros, 2. Minnesota Twins, 3. Pittsburgh Pirates, 4. Chicago Cubs, 5. Boston Red Sox, 6. New York Mets, 7. Kansas City Royals, 8. Colorado Rockies, 9. San Diego Padres, 10. Baltimore Orioles.
As far as the Mets, Law had the following to say:
"The turnaround in this system is remarkable, especially when you consider they have not had a top-10 pick since they took Matt Harvey in 2010, and it puts the Mets in excellent shape relative to the other four teams in their division. The decisions to trade R.A. Dickey and Marlon Byrd look even better in hindsight. The Mets also have one of the minors’ best collections of pitchers who throw strikes but aren’t strictly finesse guys."
Over the last few seasons, the Mets have gone from having a farm system ranked in the bottom third, to being somewhere in the middle of the pack, to having one of the best.
As Law points out, a lot of that is due to trades made by Sandy Alderson to import young talent. Among the players Alderson has acquired via trade (who haven’t yet graduated as prospects) are Noah Syndergaard, Travis d’Arnaud, Dilson Herrera, Vic Black, and Wuilmer Becerra.
The Mets have one of the deepest crops of pitching prospects in the game, and have a handful of position player prospects (Herrera, Dominic Smith, Brandon Nimmo, and Kevin Plawecki) who are opening eyes.
It’s highly likely that Noah Syndergaard, Rafael Montero, and Travis d’Arnaud will graduate as prospects this year. However, with the emergence of Dominic Smith as one of the best first base prospects in baseball, the hopeful return of Michael Fulmer to full health, the ascension of Steven Matz, and the Mets having a protected first round pick this year to add another blue chip prospect, the Mets should be in very good shape going forward.