New York Mets farm system isn’t as bleak as it once looked
By Chris Rocco
Despite popular belief, the New York Mets farm system isn’t in as bad of shape as many people believe it is.
With rumors swirling around suggesting that the New York Mets should trade one of their star pitchers to replenish their farm system, it is important to examine what they actually have in the minor leagues. Surprisingly, it actually isn’t all too bad and shouldn’t warrant a massive trade to replenish it.
Granted, many of their top prospects are in the lower levels, like Single-A and Double-A, but nonetheless, these players could still become contributors in the big leagues, it’s just going to take some time. Unlike many franchises, the majority of the Mets’ top prospects can be found in the lower levels of the minor leagues.
Three players in exception to this are Peter Alonso, Jeff McNeil, and Drew Smith. All of these players are in Triple-A and almost ready to contribute to the big league club. Alonso, who has been on fire all season, was recently promoted to Triple-A along with his teammate McNeil. Both have been crushing the ball in Double-A and deservedly were given a promotion.
Smith, on the other hand, was acquired from the Tampa Bay Rays in the 2017 Lucas Duda Trade. He has compiled a 4-1 record with a 2.70 ERA and has been hitting 100 mph down in Triple-A. Smith has excellent stuff and could be an important factor in the bullpen in the near term.
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Now we get into the lower level prospects, whom the Mets have a tremendous amount of. Look no further than Justin Dunn, who was recently promoted to Double-A. Dunn, a 2016 first round draft pick, is having the best professional season of his career. Thus far, he is a deceivable 3-3 but has an ERA of 2.05 and 60 strikeouts in 52.2 IP.
Similarly to Dunn, David Peterson is also having the best season of his career. Peterson has taken huge strides in his second professional season and was recently promoted to the St Lucie Mets in High-A ball. This season, he has two wins and an ERA of 1.96 in 10 games. Some scouts have even compared him to superstar southpaw Madison Bumgarner.
In addition to these players, we can’t forget about 19-year old Andres Gimenez, who is listed as the Mets’ number one prospect.
Gimenez has put together a respectable 2018 campaign thus far. In St. Lucie, he’s batting .277 with 21 extra base hits in just 60 games. Gimenez’s best tool is his speed, evident by his 22 stolen bases.
Along with these players, Jarred Kelenic, Simeon Woods-Richardson, and other recent draft picks will begin to emerge as prospects in the organization. Generally, analysists have agreed that the Mets had an excellent 2018 draft and did a nice job patching holes in their farm system.
With some talent at the higher levels, even more at the lower levels, and a lot coming in from the draft, the future of the Mets isn’t in as bad of shape as you may have thought it was.
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