In regards to ‘his plan,’ and where the franchise stands, Sandy Alderson told WFAN’s Mike Francesa:
“We’ve been trying to stockpile young talent, clear payroll, and be competitive. … We have too many players who don’t approach the offensive side of the game the way it should be. We need to be in a position where we can bring in more viable players and I believe that we are approaching that opportunity. We’re seeing the light at the end of the tunnel. We’re seeing players who can perform at the major league level. We’re going to have have the d’Arnauds and Wheelers emerge at the major league level.”
Alderson mentioned pitchers Rafeal Montero and Jack Leathersich, outfielders Andrew Brown and Cesar Puello, and infielders Eric Campbell and Wilmer Flores, as players he could call on from his farm system to eventually help at the big-league level…
Montero and Leathersich could have a positive impact on the big-league roster one day, he said. He would also consider having them, and other players, skip Triple-A assignments, promoting them directly to the major leagues from Double-A if necessary.
In regards to Puello, the Double-A outfielder who was recently named Eastern League Player of the Week, as well as being named in the Biogenesis steroid story, Alderson said that Puello didn’t have a good year last year, though he has “always been a five-tool guy” who they want to see play more in the minors. The current Biogenesis investigation doesn’t hurt his chances to be promoted, Alderson said.
“If we thought there was something imminent, it’d be different, but at this point it’s not a consideration,” he explained.
Flores, who was not promoted to the Mets after their recent rash of demotions, is still considered a prospect and could be promoted soon.
Campbell and Brown will likely have chances to contribute later in the season, the general manager said. Brown was just returning from an oblique injury, which was one of the reasons they did not promote him this week.