ESPN released their annual Future Power Rankings (Insider only) today. The panel consisted of Buster Olney, Keith Law and Jim Bowden.
Each team is ranked in five categories- Majors (MLB talent), Minors (MiLB talent and depth), Finance, Management, and Mobility (“Do they have a lot of young, cheap players or old immovable guys.”) Once they’ve ranked the teams, this is how they determine the final rankings:
The better your rank in a given category, the more points you get, and the average point scores from the three voters are available in the bar graphs accompanying each team’s section, rounded to the nearest integer. We weighted the categories and then gave each team a score on a scale of 1 to 100, with the score representing a team’s percentage of total possible points.
This season the Mets came in at 11th overall. A big reason for the ranking is their farm system, which earned them a score of 24. They also ranked well in finance (18th) and mobility (19). The panel considered them middle of the pack in management (14), while major league talent dragged down their score (10). After each category was weighted they came away with an overall score of 54.6. The #1 team, the Boston Red Sox, had a score of 89.1.
Also in the article, Buster Olney heaped praise on the Mets collection of young arms:
“That Matt Harvey is out for the season doesn’t change the fact that the Mets have one of the best collections of young pitching in all of baseball.”
“…trading some of their minor league talent to get young major league-ready position players should be next on GM Sandy Alderson’s agenda.”
And finally, Keith Law weighed in on Brandon Nimmo, a player he expects to have a breakout season at the minor league level:
“…he showed signs of progress in 2013 and seems primed for a breakout year as a prospect as he moves out of pitcher-friendly Savannah.”
The Mets placed 13th in these same rankings last year, so while it isn’t a huge jump it’s nice to see some steady upward progression from the organization. I’ll admit, I was surprised to see them just outside the top ten. What was more encouraging was the fact that last year the mobility ranking was what carried their score. This year it was their farm system. Many of our prospects stepped up and had big seasons. Also, some credit has to be given to Alderson for doing a solid job of turning some of that mobility into solid pieces last July (Dilson Herrera, Vic Black). With so much emphasis now being placed on 2015, it’ll be interesting to see where the Mets fall in these rankings next year as they look to make the leap from middle of the pack to true contenders.
The Yankees ranked 13th.