Wheeler Tops Mets 2011 Prospect List

An article by posted on October 8, 2011

Jonathan Mayo of MLB.com re-ranked his pre-season 2011 Top 10 Prospects for the Mets and now has newcomer Zack Wheeler ranked as the Mets No. 1 prospect.

Here are his 2011 pre and post season rankings:

For a team that is starving for some top level pitching on the major league squad, it’s good to see the top three spots occupied by Wheeler, Matt Harvey and Jeurys Familia.

Outfielder Cory Vaughn keeps climbing up the charts, while Reese Havens continues to sink.

Fernando Martinez (remember him?) hasn’t appeared on anyone’s prospect list in well over a year now. I have a thought about him…

I think F-Mart is a perfect example of the stark differences between the depleted farm system Omar Minaya inherited compared to the promising one Sandy Alderson has taken over.

Minaya’s minors were so lacking in talent that F-Mart immediately became the organization’s top prospect as soon as he was signed as a 16-year old shortly after Minaya took the team over.

As Minaya continued to fill the system via the MLB Draft and signing more International Free Agents, F-Mart slowly began falling behind many of the more polished and skilled players that were flowing into the system.

This season saw the Mets farm system develop and promote Ruben Tejada, Dillon Gee and Lucas Duda, who will each have significant roles on this team in 2012 and beyond. This comes after a season in which Ike Davis and Jon Niese came up and established themselves in 2010.

Five keepers in two years? I’d call that a very positive development and just a sign of what’s to come in future seasons from the likes of Familia, Harvey, Vaughn and others.

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