What a Mets rebuild in the near future could potentially look like
By Allen Settle
It’s a subject we don’t want to talk about: rebuilding. If the New York Mets do decide to undertake one soon, this is what it may look like.
Recently, I wrote about why the New York Mets should seriously considering a long-term rebuild. While the ability of the current roster to contend can be debated, I thought it would be interesting to consider what the blueprint to a proper rebuild might look like.
Just to be clear, I do not expect that a Mets’ rebuild would entail trading all the players listed below. The purpose of this article is to speculate where these pieces would fit if the team elected to move them.
The Youth Movement
While the 24-year-old is a bit older than some may realize, Alonso is an ideal candidate to remain with the team through a total rebuild. His presence on the roster has provided players and fans with an immediate jolt of excitement. Look for the power-hitting first baseman to remain in orange and blue for the foreseeable future.
As the top prospect in the Mets’ minor league system, Gimenez figures to be the future at the SS (or another infield position if the team keeps Rosario). Expect him to remain with the Mets.
The Rest of the Farm System
The state of the Mets’ farm system is also worth considering. While they are generally considered to have a below average minor league system, they do have some notable names. The aforementioned Andres Gimenez should be a big part of the future at either shortstop or second base. The team has another good SS prospect in Ronny Mauricio. MLB’s rankings also show Mark Vientos as a top-three prospect and a possible long-term third baseman.
Additionally, the Mets have three interesting pitching prospects in David Peterson, Anthony Kay, and Simeon Woods-Richardson. For a team with a great track record for developing young pitchers, these three prospects could be the future of the major league rotation.
While the Mets farm system has a lot of room for improvement, they are certainly not void of talent. If the team were to sell some of their current players to bolster this group of prospects, they would be in prime position to compete in the 2020s.