5 Mets moves that we already do or can thank Billy Eppler for in the future

The Mets now-former GM resigned Thursday amid allegations of improper use of the injured list, but there are several moves he made that Mets fans will eventually look back on fondly.
Dec 19, 2022; NY, NY, USA; New York Mets pitcher Kodai Senga (left) poses for photos with general
Dec 19, 2022; NY, NY, USA; New York Mets pitcher Kodai Senga (left) poses for photos with general / Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports
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3) Drafting Jett Williams

To say that the Mets have a spotty history in the draft is an understatement. Just one year removed from the public relations fiasco that was the Kumar Rocker selection, Eppler hitched his wagon to a Texas high schooler named Jett Williams with the 14th overall selection.

More than just having a badass name that will sound great on Sportscenter, Williams has proven already that he has the goods. The 19-year-old is a five-tool player, stealing 45 bases and raking 43 extra-base hits in 121 games this year, while also walking over 100 times and exhibiting the defensive versatility to play center field and shortstop.

Williams was even promoted to AA Binghamton in advance of the Rumble Ponies' playoff series against the Somerset Patriots, an impressive accomplishment for a player so young, but he has loftier goals in mind, telling SNY's Steve Gelbs that his goal is to reach the majors next year.

The Mets' farm system has been fortified greatly under Eppler and owner Steve Cohen, but even facing stiff competition from all levels of the organization, Williams still won the Mets 2023 Minor League Player of the Year award. Mets fans can't wait to see what the future brings for Williams, and they have Billy Eppler to thank.