DePodesta On The State Of The Mets Farm System
Adam Rubin of ESPN New York, spoke with Mets VP of Player Development and Scouting Paul DePodesta about the state of the Mets farm system.
“First, I think the system when we first arrived was underrated,” Paul DePodesta insisted. “It included current big leaguers like Dillon Gee,Ruben Tejada, Lucas Duda and Kirk Nieuwenhuis, among others. Our job is to just add as many talented players as we can each and every year, while graduating the more advanced players to the big leagues, and we’re very happy with what we’ve been able to do both domestically and internationally over the past two years.”
“Admittedly, our position players are behind our pitchers — our pitchers led all of minor league baseball in ERA — but we think we added some key guys in last year’s draft, and some of our international players continue making progress. There are some position players we’re very excited about. But, collectively, it’s not as deep as the pitching.
“It is true that the new collective bargaining agreement has slowed the restocking of the system. The Mets originally aimed to go over slot in the draft and be more aggressive internationally, but the new rules that cap spending largely prevent that. Certainly the new CBA caused us to reevaluate the mechanics of what we do, but it didn’t change our approach, which has been to find and acquire the best players possible, regardless of high school or college, domestic or international, or big-dollar or small-dollar demands.”
Read the entire transcript of Adam Rubin’s interview with Paul DePodesta here.
The new front office inherited a minor league system whose richness of talent is only now being realized and it’s good to see them admit as much. Initially, they were not very endearing of what they walked into, but that has changed with the emergence of Matt Harvey and Co.
DePo aptly points out the chasm that divides our pitching prospects from our hitting prospects. We have Wilmer Flores and Travis d’Arnaud on the cusp of the majors, but after that there’s little to get very excited about. We have some sleepers like Vicente Lupo, but it’s far too early to hang your hopes on them. Consecutive first rounders Brandon Nimmo and Gavin Cecchini didn’t hit the ground running.
I wouldn’t be surprised to see the Mets swap some low level pitching depth to bring in equal value in hitting prospects with a team that has the inverse problem as we do.
About the Author: Joe DeCaro
I'm a lifelong Mets fan who loves writing and talking about the Amazins' 24/7. From the Miracle in 1969 to the magic of 1986, and even the near misses in '73 and '00, I've experienced it all - the highs and the lows. I started Mets Merized Online in 2005 to feed my addiction. Follow me on Twitter @metsmerized.
93 Comments + Add Comment
- Matt74: on Granderson’s Deal Does Not Include A No-Trade Clause: 'Ol days.
- Rocky Thompson: on Don’t Give Up On Ike Davis: I am not asking you to take...
- Mary: on Don’t Give Up On Ike Davis: I agree with Charley. Ike's due...
- Matt74: on Granderson’s Deal Does Not Include A No-Trade Clause: ....And the time before that too.... I...
- the mad met: on Granderson’s Deal Does Not Include A No-Trade Clause: I would like to see ey have...
MMO Chat: Lets Talk Mets Baseball!
Write For Metsmerized Online
Mets Merized Online is reloading and looking for new writers to help cover the Hot Stove Season. We're also looking for passionate writers who would like to contribute new and original features.
Contact us now at GetMetsmerized@aol.com for more info and join the #1 Mets Fansite on the web!
Check Out These Great MLB Links!
Mets Autograph Signings
Mets Fan Apparel
Mets Autographed Baseballs
Baseball Card Supplies
For the best seats and lowest MLB ticket prices, go to PurchaseSeats.com. Get your Mets Tickets now and follow them on the road with Yankees Tickets, Phillies Tickets, Nationals Tickets and Braves Tickets!