Mets Farm System: Open Discussion

Loyal reader Micalpalyn has introduced some interesting points for discussion regarding the Mets farm system (and a final note on Rich Harden). Please read his thoughts below and post your response.

Metsblog has a post on Omar’s farm system. But I’m posting because the discussion there is abhorrent. I’d like to see it discussed here!

1. Would the Mets have made the same picks if they were not adhering to ‘slotting’?

2. Pelfrey was the best ML ready pitcher in his class. Was he rushed? was he just not as good as advertised? is he just a late bloomer? ME: I think he needs that AAA-level exposure that most teams offer (see john Maine, Ollie Perez).

3. Phil Humber: If you have read my comments you know I am still very high on Humber. The fact he was damaged at signing is a classic read on his college team (see Jeff Niemann et al)..I did some googling and found this link…while I don’t care particularly for Phil Hughes, Yovanni Gallardo would have been nice

4. I think we have discussed Pedro Beato before, but imagine if he WAS signed.

5. Last thought: Rich Harden. I like his upside but would Beane let him go yet?

Joe Janish began MetsToday in 2005 to provide the unique perspective of a high-level player and coach -- he earned NCAA D-1 All-American honors as a catcher and coached several players who went on to play pro ball. As a result his posts often include mechanical evaluations, scout-like analysis, and opinions that go beyond the numbers. Follow Joe's baseball tips on Twitter at @onbaseball and at the On Baseball Google Plus page.
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