MLB Pipeline released their annual preseason top 100 prospect list on MLB Network Saturday night, and Mets fans hoping to see one of their own on the list didn’t need to hold their breath long. There were no Mets on the list, which was compiled by Pipeline’s prospect gurus Jim Callis and Jonathan Mayo.
It was unreasonable to think there were any shoe-ins to make the list after Baseball America placed Andres Gimenez 94th on their rankings, and Keith Law of ESPN (who rated the Mets’ farm system as the 21st-best in baseball) excluded Gimenez and slotted in David Peterson at 58 last week. Mayo stated that the pair were not particularly close to making Pipeline’s list.
— Jonathan Mayo (@JonathanMayo) January 28, 2018
While it’s fair to believe that there could be multiple Mets on next year’s list, it’s frustrating to be faced with the baseball world’s honest opinion on the current state of the system. There are six first or second-round draft picks from the last three seasons in the organization, seven prospects who were acquired for proven veterans in 2017, five international players who garnered a combined $7.3 million, and all but two (barely) were taken into consideration by the mainstream media to be among the 100 best minor leaguers in the game.
How did the rest of the NL East fare? 19 total, including eight Braves. The Yankees only placed one, but Gleyber Torres, at number five, looks like a sure bet to be a productive major leaguer. And, yes, the Cubs did not have any of their players ranked on the Pipeline list, but the Cubs won 92 games last season. The Mets have a lot more work ahead than it may seem.