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NEW YORK, NEW YORK - AUGUST 12: J.D. Davis #28 and Pete Alonso #20 of the New York Mets celebrate an 11-6 win against the Washington Nationals at Citi Field on August 12, 2020 in New York City. (Photo by Steven Ryan/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NEW YORK - AUGUST 12: J.D. Davis #28 and Pete Alonso #20 of the New York Mets celebrate an 11-6 win against the Washington Nationals at Citi Field on August 12, 2020 in New York City. (Photo by Steven Ryan/Getty Images)
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ALLENTOWN, PA – MAY 02: The Rawlings glove, New Era cap and Keanon sunglasses of Tim Tebow #15 of the Syracuse Mets sit on the dugout step during a AAA minor league baseball game against the Lehigh Valley Iron Pigs on May 1, 2019 at Coca Cola Park in Allentown, Pennsylvania. (Photo by Rich Schultz/Getty Images)

Develop and nurture minor league talent

Finally, there’s one of the most impactful and difficult challenges any team can undertake. Developing and nurturing minor league talent sounds a lot easier than it is. Hundreds of players with varying futures all need to be put in the best position to succeed. Unfortunately, many never will reach their potential.

The Mets haven’t been the greatest at handling their minor leaguers in recent years. This needs to change under the new regime as they correctly scout their own future stars and hold onto the ones that can be big league difference-makers.

The current Mets have several players who came up through the minor league system and are now core members of the franchise. The successes they have had must continue. It also needs to translate with others, specifically their pitchers.

The Mets have developed some very good position players in recent years, but haven’t been as lucky with pitchers. David Peterson might be an exception. How they handle him will say a lot about the direction this franchise is going when it comes to their young stars.

It will take a while for the Mets to undo any of the negative effects the minor league system has experienced in recent years. Fortunately, it’s not as big of a mess as it could be. They have drafted well and should be able to have some notable prospects on the farm soon enough.

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Until then, the Mets need to stop trading away so many young players. They need to have top prospects ready to emerge each year and become true MLB stars. We may need to have a little more patience in this regard.

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