Tuesday, August 06, 2013

N.Y. Mets: Let Youth Be Served

From the desk of:   HEAD-BUTTING MR. MET

NEW YORK METS: All This Digging Is Starting To Pay Off...  So, Just Shut Up And Keep Digging.

Rebuilding - it takes time, but it's finally being done right.  Although I would have liked if the GM made a deal of relative impact at this year's deadline, the market spoke volumes.  Outside of the trade between Boston and Detroit, there apparently were no deals to be made throughout baseball.

Many of Sandy Alderson's major league signings and trades, in large part have been derivatives of Mr. Wilpon's situation.  I wholly get that.  At this point, we all do.  That is why, questionable as many have been, I generally give Alderson a pass.  Plus, with a second wild card at stake, .500 teams seem more willing to hold on to their players.  Therefore, it behooves any organization, to reinvest and double efforts into their minor league operations if they seek to achieve any kind of sustained competitiveness.

Vestiges of the Minaya Administration, and minor league endeavors undertaken by the new  Triumvirate of Flushing has quietly established winning baseball throughout the Mets minor league landscape.  From Savannah to Las Vegas, the farm is producing at levels not seen since the early 2000's when Jose Reyes, Scott Kazmir and David Wright rose through the system.

It was only last season the Mets fielded their first all home-grown team since the 1971 season.  That's astonishing, but doesn't exactly speak to my point does it?  The point is, since the first new wave of newbies featuring the likes of Jon Niese, (Mike Pelfrey), Bobby Parnell and Daniel Murphy arrived on Flushing shores, the next wave of Ike Davis, Lucas Duda, Ruben Tejada, Dillon Gee, etc., have already given way to a burgeoning, more promising and skilled bunch.

Wilmer Flores made his major league debut today.  The fans have been clamoring for his promotion for some time now.  Jenrry Mejia also pitched today.  Zack Wheeler and Matt Harvey are together now.  Juan Lagares gets better with each passing game.  Travis d'Arnaud is on the way.  And perhaps, there is more pitching within the system on the way as well.  The talent is no longer trickling.  I believe we now established a flow.  It is still early in the process, in so far as being major league ready, but the pool is nevertheless widening and deepening.  In two years time, it might even be overflowing.  Perchance to dream...

We are still dealing in fuzzy math with regards to Mr. Wilpon's situation.  But when stripping down an organization and building it back up again, none of that should have mattered.  It was never time to spend.  Money was an irrelevant factor in the Mets real plight.  What was and remains important, is that down below, Sandy Alderson and his lieutenants are doing what needs to be done.


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