Mets Farm System Producing

A common thread among all contenders is a strong home-grown core. Teams augment themselves with trades and free-agent signings, but the foundation comes from within.

With the exception of left fielder Jason Bay, last night’s line-up was a production of the farm system. Josh Thole, Ike Davis, Daniel Murphy, Ruben Tejada, David Wright, Kirk Nieuwenhuis, Lucas Duda and Mike Pelfrey all came from below.

Ideally, a team wants to add one player a year from its minor league system, much the way the Yankees did during their run during the 1990s and early 2000s. When you re-visit how the championship teams of 1969 and 1986 were built, the foundation came from the minor leagues.

A team building from within gains the added benefit of economic stability and cost certainty. In today’s economic structure, and considering the Mets’ financial stresses, building this way should enable them to be aggressive in the free-agent market in the next few seasons.

The Mets are under $100 million for 2012 for their payroll, and hope to have more relief when the contracts for Bay and Johan Santana expire over the next two years. Ideally, they’d like to trade both, but that’s highly unlikely consider their injury history and performance. Freed from a long-term obligation to Jose Reyes, the Mets’ next major contractual decision is whether to extend David Wright.

Things definitely appear brighter today then they did at the start of spring training when the organization had the Ponzi scandal looming over their head. Despite being on the hook for a potential $162 million – far better than the $1 billion it could have been – the Mets have reason to believe the worst is behind them.

Because the agreement stipulates the Mets don’t have to pay any of their settlement for three years, if they continue to play well they should benefit from an increased attendance.






3 thoughts on “Mets Farm System Producing

  1. Yes. I am a bit surprised at this.

    2 years ago Ruben didn’t hit enough. Capt Kirk was in A ball, Thole and Davis came out of no where and Duda and Murphy were one of 3 with 300 BA sharing 1b and OF in AA.

    I wonder if 2 years from now Murphy and Thole will be major players on the team. Murphy needs to find a position and Thole needs to learn how to catch.

      • I agree.

        I guess my point is none of these guys were highly touted.

        Capt Kirk has been looked at as above avg at his level. He gets promoted and at every level is fine.

        Ruben was a no name minor league ss replacement for the club when we had injuries.

        Duda and Murphy were mashing it up in AA with one other, but the organization didn’t tout them like FMart.

        Davis was drafted, but I did not hear much about him before he came up and Thole really came out of no where.