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Blog Roundup: Mets Prospectus

The time of year you’ve been waiting for has arrived. No, not the beginning of Spring Training, the time of year where everyone and Mr. Met’s brother comes out with their list of top prospects. For the Mets, most pundits and bloggers put the latter-day Generation K at the top of their lists (Matt Harvey, Zack Wheeler, and Jeurys Familia), and include 2011 first-round draft pick Brandon Nimmo in their top 5.  The latter could be as good as the scouts, and the Mets brain trust, think he will be, or he could turn into another Fernando Martinez.  It seems too early to tell for a kid like Brandon, who’s barely old enough to shave, and has only a few games of professional experience.  But maybe the experts know something we don’t.

Today’s prospect – Blogs:

  • Seedlings to Stars has a rather optimistic evaluation of the Mets farm system (I wish I had grades like that when I was in school).
  • Bleacher Report lines up the usual suspects (Warning – slideshow).
  • Amazin’ Avenue rounds out their top 50 with a rather surprising choice at number 4.
  • Minor League Ball rates the Mets’ top 20 prospects.
  • Metsblog has their “hype” list (bonus points for using parentheticals).
  • Sandy Alderson jokes about the Mets financial prospects (See what I did there?).

Thanks for reading, and remember, Mets Today is a can’t-miss talent.

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Blog Roundup: Christmas in Metsville

The Mets held their annual Christmas get-together at Citi Field, Bud Selig gave the Mets an early gift, and Ronny Paulino got coal in his stocking.  Daniel Murphy managed to avoid injury while playing Santa, and Fred and Jeff Wilpon were great as the Grinch and his dog – and they didn’t even wear costumes!

And the Blogs are spreading some cheer:

  • Mets Police has some pics from the holiday party, and was live-tweeting the event on-location from Citi.
  • Always Amazin’proposes Hong-Chi Kuo as the man to add some left-handed depth to the Mets’ bullpen.
  • Mets Cetera has the transcript from a revealing interview with Sandy Alderson.
  • Patrick Flood goes through the Mets tender/non-tender moves, and suggests further moves for 2012.
  • Amazin’ Avenue thinks Commissioner Bud Selig has been too soft on the Wilpons.
  • 7 Train to Shea was at the winter meetings, and saw Jose Reyes in a Marlins uniform firsthand.  7 Train to Shea’s therapist rejoices.

The holiday season has just begun, and Mets Today is the gift that keeps on giving.

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This is 1982

Alderson, DePodesta, and Ricciardi will try to match this triumverate's success.

Today is the 25th anniversary of Game 7 of the 1986 World Series.  It was a game the Mets would win to cement their second (and last) World Series title.

The roster of the 1986 team was the result of shrewd draft choices, key trades, and a top minor league system that helped the Mets rebuild from the abysmal 70s teams, to a perennial contender from 1984-1990.

There are some similarities between the organization in the early 80s and today’s Mets franchise.  A new General Manager has taken over a mediocre club, with a thin farm system and sparse financial breathing room.  Sandy Alderson may not have inherited a team as awful as the one Frank Cashen took over, but it always feels like the 21st-Century Mets are teetering on the edge of a 100-loss season.  Alderson will have to build his Mets similar to how Cashen built the eventual ’86 champions.

Cashen and the Mets made little use of major league free agency.  George Foster was a notable exception, and was largely a disappoinment. (Correction – Foster was also acquired via trade – PJF) The 1986 team was made up mostly of draft choices and trades:

Key Draft Choices:

  • RHP Rick Aguilera
  • 2B Wally Backman
  • OF Lenny Dykstra
  • RHP Dwight Gooden
  • RHP Roger McDowell
  • OF-IF Kevin Mitchell
  • OF Darryl Strawberry
  • OF Mookie Wilson

Key Trades:

  • C Gary Carter
  • 1B Keith Hernandez
  • RHP Ron Darling
  • LHP Sid Fernandez
  • 3B Ray Knight
  • 3B Howard Johnson
  • LHP Bob Ojeda
  • LHP Jesse Orosco

The Mets of the 80s used their draft picks and other minor league prospects as both key members of the big league club, and as chips for trades.  They built their farm system to the point where they could part ways with some prospects (i.e. Hubie Brooks, Calvin Schiraldi, Rick Ownbey) to fill voids on the major league team, because they knew they still had depth in the organization.

That’s the approach Alderson and the 2011-2012 Mets have to emulate.  The farm system is thin on prospects beyond AA (where Harvey, Familia, Wheeler, Mejia, et al, provide hope).  They must develop enough depth to build a solid major league club, while still having the ability to trade prospects for needs that the farm system can’t fill.

Granted, there are young players ready to contribute now.  Lucas Duda, Ike Davis, Ruben Tejada, and others.  That’s why, in some ways, this team is reminiscent of an early-80s Mets team.  Let’s say 1982.  Future members of the ’86 Mets were already on their way up through the minors: Gooden, Strawberry, Dykstra.  Some were already beginning to make major league contributions: Wilson, Backman, Orosco.  Two years later, the Mets finished second to the Cubs in the East.

It’s conceivable the Mets could start making noise two years from now, when some of their existing prospects reach the majors, and youngsters on the current major league roster gain experience.  But they have to build the team the right way, like Cashen did in the 80s.  Don’t look for the quick fix – build the organization from the bottom up.  This is the best way to sustain a contending ballclub for many years.

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