New York Mets all-time best players homegrown from the farm
Mets all-time homegrown left fielder: Cleon Jones
Cleon Jones signed with the Amazin’s as an amateur free agent in 1963, beginning his journey with the team that would last 1,201 games played (sixth-most in franchise history) across twelve seasons.
This selection is about way more than longevity though. His one All-Star season was outstanding, totaling a 7.0 WAR, tied for the seventh-highest in a single season by a Mets fielder all-time, according to Baseball Reference.
Most importantly though, that All-Star season of Jones’ came in 1969, helping the Mets to their first World Series win. Jones hit .340 and slugged .482 across the regular season that year and also caught the final out of game five of the World Series, securing the Mets’ win.
Center Fielder: Mookie Wilson
Drafted by New York in the 1977 MLB Draft, Mookie Wilson was one of the most iconic players from the 1983 World Series Champion team. Although he was never an All-Star or a major award winner, his presence in the team was irreplaceable.
In nine and a half seasons with the Mets, Wilson hit .281 and totaled 324 RBI and 274 stolen bases, the second-most bases stolen by any Met.
The speedy switch-hitting outfielder played a total of 1,036 games for New York.
Right Fielder: Darryl Strawberry
The franchise’s all-time leader in homers with 252 during his time in Queens, Darryl Strawberry is by far the best slugger to play for the Mets.
After missing out on the All-Star Game in his rookie year in 1983, Strawberry was an All-Star in each of his next seven seasons as a Met.
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Hitting a .263 AVG with an immense .875 OPS across his time in Queens, Strawberry is right fielder and best power hitter the Amazin’s have ever drafted.