Down Organization

This has been a bad season for the Mets organization all around.  Not only did the Mets fall flat on their face in 2017, most of the farm system played exceptionally poor as well.  It makes a Mets fan wonder what the future of this organization is now that Amed Rosario and Dominic Smith have been promoted to the major league roster.

Here are the final regular season numbers for the Mets farm clubs.  The Las Vegas 51’s finished in last place of the Pacific Coast League’s Southern Division with a record of 56-86. The St. Lucie Mets, the organizations’ high A team of the Florida State League finished a combined record of 63-75. They were 33-35 in the first half, enough to keep them out of last place but 10 games under .500 in the second.  The Columbia Fireflies, the South Atlantic’s Mets’ A team entrant finished an overall 68-70 but were 28-42 in the second half after a 40-28 first half second place finish.  Promotions at this level often change the fortunes of the second half season.

The Brooklyn Cyclones of the New York Penn League (short season A) currently have a dreadful 24-50 record (games continue through Thursday).  Needless to say, the Cyclones have locked up last place in the McNamara Division.  The Appalachian League’s Kingsport Mets (rookie) ended next to the bottom with a 29-37 record and the Gulf Coast Mets finished their rookie league season in last place with a 19-37 record.

The one bright spot was the Binghamton Rumble Ponies who made the playoffs as a wildcard in the AA Eastern League.  The Ponies finished with an outstanding record of 85-54 and will face the Trenton Thunder (Yankees) in the first round of the playoffs beginning this evening weather permitting .  The Mets minor league clubs finished a collective 344-408 (.457) for the season.

While it’s not a sure thing that win-loss records of minor league clubs dictate the future stars of an organization, in the Mets case it might be telling.  Because not only did the Mets minor league clubs perform so badly but only Amed Rosario (2) and Dominic Smith (40) ranked as MLB’s top 100 prospects and they have already been promoted.  Now there are no Mets prospects in the top 100.  Baseball America is also in agreement regarding the Mets farm.

The one bright spot in the Mets farm is in the Dominican Summer League.  The Mets have two teams there and they both went a collective 94-48 (.662).  One club, the Mets2, won their division while the Mets 1 came in second in their division.  Perhaps the Mets have some bright stars acquired through the international draft but we’ll see.

What this all means is if the Mets are to improve dramatically next season and get back on track, they are going to have to do so by getting healthy and getting players from outside the organization.  The Mets cannot assume next season, that the five alleged studs in the rotation will all be healthy and perform to their potential.  There has been no benchmark for that.  They cannot assume that David Wright can contribute anything ever again.  Also the Mets cannot even assume that Michael Conforto will be ready for opening day.  In fact I think the Mets have to assume that what they have seen in Travis d’Arnaud so far is what they are going to get moving forward.  He may never be the catcher the organization had hoped for.

After the Mets won the pennant just two years ago, it seemed as if it was the start of a great era of New York Mets baseball.  But last year’s disappointing ouster in the wildcard game and this year’s debacle have made everyone who follows this team wonder if there will ever be any hope?

It is not going to be easy moving forward for the Mets.  Next season, the Braves, Marlins, and even the Phillies are going to be better.  The Nationals are built for the long haul.  The Wilpons better be willing to open the vault or the Mets could be sitting on the bottom of the pile for years to come.

General Manager Sandy Alderson (if he is back) will need to acquire a third baseman, an outfielder and in my opinion a couple of starters.  An outfielder now becomes a necessity because of the uncertainty of once star in the making Conforto.  A third baseman is obvious because there is no one in the organization currently capable of playing the position.  I guess Asdrubal Cabrera could fit the bill but he’ll be a year older and has had issues staying on the field with a bad knee.  Wilmer Flores occasionally can fill in at third perhaps but on an everyday basis, now way.  The Mets must acquire a starting pitcher or two.  It has really become obvious that Matt Harvey and Zach Wheeler may never live up to their potential.  Injuries may have taken their toll on any future the two hinted at a few years ago.  Hopefully the Mets can count on Jacob deGrom and Noah Syndergaard to anchor the staff.  Perhaps Steven Matz will finally get his stuff together now that his ulnar nerve has been moved the way deGrom’s was at the end of last year.  But Matz is no sure thing having struggled for most of his young career.

By trading away Jay Bruce, Addison Reed, Curtis Granderson, Lucas Duda, and Neil Walker, the Mets have a lot of cash coming off the books.  Hopefully the Mets are willing to put it back into the team otherwise 2018 is going to be another season of disappointment.

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