The New York Mets finally have players to be excited about. After years of relying on veterans like David Wright for enjoyment and excitement, Mets fans now have young talent to look forward too. Now, I love Wright, always will, but it’s nice to get excited about some young talent.
Mets fans have already gotten to experience Matt Harvey, Zack Wheeler, Jacob deGrom, Lucas Duda, and Juan Lagares dominating. Not to mention bullpen guys like Jeurys Familia, Jenrry Mejia, and Vic Black. All these guys have been reliable players in the major leagues, but they’re only the beginning of the crop of prospects set to come up.
It may sound crazy but those guys haven’t even touched their peak. The Mets have the pieces in place to start a dynasty. Wheeler, Harvey, and deGrom are only going to get better. Duda is only going to hit more home runs, Lagares run down more fly balls, and there are still more young stars to come.
Noah Syndergaard, Steven Matz, Michael Conforto, Kevin Plawecki, Brandon Nimmo: learn those names. Those five are going to join the talent already in place to help create this dynasty. All five made MLB.com’s top 100 prospects list. Fans should also be excited about Dominic Smith, Ahmed Rosario, Marcos Molina, Gavin Cecchini, and Dilson Herrera, despite them not making the list. Some prospects such as Rosario, Smith and Molina are potential superstars who need more time. Cecchini and Herrera are going to be reliable major league players too.
I still haven’t mentioned Travis d’Arnaud or Wilmer Flores: two guys who have the potential to be great hitters, but need defensive seasoning (especially Flores). Both could potentially block some of these awesome prospects. The Mets youth movement is looking very nice.
And you can thank Sandy Alderson for that. Yes, Omar Minaya drafted Harvey, deGrom, Duda, and signed both Lagares and Flores. But whose coaches developed these guys, molded them into what they’re going to become? That’s right, Alderson’s guys.
Lagares was a shortstop until he was moved to center field by Alderson’s coaches. When he took over, the Mets had no farm system. It was bottom five in baseball, and now it’s top five. He has a knack of trading nothing for a lot. He is the one who got Zack Wheeler for half a season of Carlos Beltran.
He got Vic Black and Dilson Herrera for a month of Marlon Byrd and John Buck. He got Syndergaard and d’Arnaud for R.A Dickey, who has since struggled. He traded Ike Davis for a nice piece, lefty Blake Taylor. That trade also gave Lucas Duda a permanent spot in the lineup.
Sandy Alderson knows how to make trades, and get the most out of them. He may not be as much a wizard in free agency, but this team could be so good and young, the Mets won’t need free agency.
The Mets were just rated as having the number four farm system in baseball by ESPN. only the Cubs, Twins, and Astros were higher. Now, I know what everyone is thinking. Remember Generation K, Lastings Milledge, Alex Escobar, Fernando Martinez, Philip Humber?
Yes, it’s true most prospects don’t pan out. But remember that Tom Seaver, Dwight Gooden, and Ken Griffey Jr., were all top prospects. Because, when top prospects do pan out, it is beautiful. So, say what you want. Be negative, be hateful. But the Mets have something special going on. And until they show me otherwise, I’m going to excited.