Mets picked two high school players in the first two rounds of the 2013 draft

Dominic Smith 2 polaroidIn the first two rounds of the 2013 first-year player draft, the Mets selected 1B Dominic Smith and RHP Andrew Church – two high school players.

“In an ideal world, we would pick players closer to the major leagues,” Mets Vice President of Player Development Paul DePodesta told reporters last night. “But our marching orders are pick the best player available. We’re building for the long-term health of the organization, rather than immediate need.”

DePodesta also said he is very encouraged by the progress of the farm system over recent seasons.

“Our development system has matured over the last two years,” DePodesta said. “We have a lot more players who are closer now [to the major leagues] than we used to.”

Michael Baron, Contributor

This has been consistent with their strategy since Sandy Alderson and his group took over the team. Considering the state of the system in 2011, the Mets really didn’t have the luxury of being very selective or picking to fill positions. Only time will tell how Smith, Church, and their prior picks work out.

These days, the most consistently successful organizations not only acquire players by free agency and trades, but they also get significant contributions from players promoted from their farm system. Yes, the Mets system has improved of late; but it still needs work, especially in terms of productive position players, where they currently have no choice but to look outside the organization.