For New York Mets fans, the “future” has been a source of optimism; a beacon of hope and belief that the team’s current roster could one day grow into a postseason – or championship – contender. Naturally, this hasn’t left Mets-faithful with much cause to be excited about the here and now.
Yet here we are in 2021: First place heading into June; the best pitcher in the game; a lineup loaded with power and personality – heck, even their farm system is filled with potential.
In fact, several of their rising stars turned heads during Spring Training. As things currently stand, the Mets pipeline ranks No. 19 in the major leagues. While that’s not great, it’s also not disastrous.
Although their farm system needs to be reinforced with supplemental talent down the line; particularly with their pitching depth, their current top 5 prospects bode well for the future orange and blue.
Status of the Mets Farm
Per MLB pipeline rankings, the toast of the Mets youth include: C Francisco Álvarez, SS Ronny Mauricio, RHP Matthew Allan, 3B Brett Baty, and OF Pete Crow-Armstrong.
Except for 18-year-old Crow-Armstrong, the other four also rank among MLB’s top 100 list, which not only speaks to the youth of the organization’s rising stars, but also emphasizes the talent level of their top prospects.
Apart from a few less than savory trades made by the previous regime, the old guard can still boast about their two successful MLB First-Year Player drafts completed during their short two-year tenure.
Allan, Baty, and Crow-Armstrong along with several more prospects who rank among the franchise’s top 30 list are reflective of two deep draft classes orchestrated by former General Manager, Brodie Van Wagenen and staff.
Conversely, the fact that three of his 45 total picks (40 in 2019 & 5 in 2020’s shortened draft) already rank in the top five is either a great legacy for the controversial GM or a testament to how depleted he left the farm.
However, the latter seems a more pessimistic viewpoint as well as an unfair criticism against these three very promising and talented ballplayers.
Although the Mets top prospects are still years away from making their MLB debuts, Álvarez and Mauricio may not be so far away. So, while the current orange and blue continue to captivate fans at the pro level, let’s examine the pipeline and peek at what the future holds in store for this franchise.