Getting to know what new Mets GM Jared Porter is about
Jared Porter comes from the Arizona Diamondbacks where he spent four years as the Senior Vice President and Assistant General Manager. Prior to that, he worked with the Chicago Cubs for a couple of years as the Director of Professional Scouting and with the Boston Red Sox for ten years before that in a myriad of roles.
Porter comes from a scouting background and is deeply passionate about scouting in general. There are stories about Jared Porter going down to the Gulf Coast League (GCL) to watch the youngest and most raw Red Sox players to improve his scouting skills before he goes to his assigned game in A ball to scout players there.
This earned him so much respect within the Red Sox organization and the baseball community as a whole. The hard work and determination that he has shown throughout his career are really exciting to see especially coupled with the presence of Sandy Alderson and Steve Cohen.
Porter always emphasizes player evaluation and is very open-minded. Additionally, he likes to blend his scouting skills with analytics to fully evaluate players both on the amateur level and the professional level.
This is a breath of fresh air considering the Mets franchise in the past did not evaluate their own players below A ball.
Player development is so key in today’s game and to have a good understanding of who you have in your system from top to bottom is potentially the difference between building a dynasty and not.
Over Porter’s career, he has accumulated four championship rings as an executive in baseball thus far, three with the Red Sox and one with the Cubs, and I am sure that he wants at least one in which he would have a direct impact on and with his background and work ethic I truly believe that it may happen one day.