MLB Pipeline released their midseason farm system grades for the National League with the New York Mets getting a B grade, second among NL East teams.
This is certainly good news for a farm system that was a bottom five group heading into the 2018 season. Here are the grades for the NL East:
Atlanta Braves: B+
New York Mets: B
Washington Nationals: C+
Philadelphia Phillies: C
Miami Marlins: C-
MLB Pipeline backs up the Mets ranking due to positive strides and promotions from pitchers Justin Dunn, David Peterson and Anthony Kay. Also Andres Gimenez playing well in St. Lucie and Peter Alonso breaking out offensively. “Though the expectations might have been low, Mets farmhands have been able to accomplish plenty this season.”
The Mets system also got stronger when they drafted top prep bat Jarred Kelenic with the sixth overall pick last month and top 2017 IFA signee Ronny Mauricio (signed for then Mets record $2.1 million) started his pro career stateside in the GCL (where he’s been crushing the ball).
The 2018 season has been a step in the right direction for a system that was riddled with injuries, graduations and underperformance over the last few years.