Johnathan Mayo of MLB.com writes that its no longer the case that putting together a Top 20 Prospects list for the Mets is a burdensome task and that the lack of depth in the organization made it tough to pick out enough legitimate prospects to fill out a top 20 list.
There is nothing better than for an organization to finally get some accolades for the hard work they have put into their system.
“It’s nice to hear people saying you are doing better,” said Dick Scott, the Mets’ farm director. “I think it’s improved more in the volume category. It’s exciting for us. There are a lot of hands that touch these guys along the way. Our guys are excited because when we start carving up our rosters, they’re like, ‘Oh, boy, we’ve got some pretty good arms going to Binghamton, or to Port St. Lucie.’ I think we’re turning a corner on that, and I’d like to think that it’s only going to get better.”
The new Mets’ Top 20 Prospects list is chock full of intriguing names. Half of the list is pitchers, including two of the top three in No. 1 prospect Noah Syndergaard and No. 3 Rafael Montero. Both right-handers are in the overall Top 100 Prospects as well, with the guy who will catch them, Travis d’Arnaud, sandwiched between them. Several of the pitchers on the Top 20 have the chance to impact the big league staff this season or the next.
“Definitely, our pitching is ahead of our position players, but our position players are coming,” adds Scott. “There are some position players coming.”
Through efforts of drafting quality players, great scouting in the international arena and bringing in d’Arnaud and Syndergaard in the big R.A. Dickey trade, the Mets have put together a plan worth bragging about.
“Every organization says the same thing: ‘If we can hit on the next two Drafts, we’re really going to make it strong,’ Scott tells Mayo. “But we have a good blend now who are making their way, then we have guys behind them.”
Mayo asserts that the Mets seem to be headed in the right direction and if it does all come together, they can finally battle the elites of the National League East for a Division Crown.