Friday, August 23, 2019

Newsletter Excerpt, August 23, 2019 -- "The Complicated Mets"

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"We talk a lot about what the industry leaders, teams like the Astros and Dodgers, do to put championship-caliber teams on the field. When it comes to player development, though, the Mets are right there with them. The Mets’ top seven players, by bWAR, have been Mets their entire MLB careers. Five were originally drafted or signed by the team, and two others, Noah Syndergaard and Zack Wheeler, were acquired as prospects in 2012 and 2011, respectively. Steven Matz, just outside that group of seven, is a Mets draftee, as is Seth Lugo, the current closer. Nine of the Mets’ 12 one-win players are products, to some extent, of their player-development program."