Former Mets general manager Omar Minaya, now working in the front office for San Diego, recently weighed in on the Mets’ youth movement (Puma, July 17).
Minaya, who presided over the drafting or signing of lots of the players making an impact for the Mets in 2014 – including Jenrry Mejia, Jeurys Familia, Juan Lagares, and Jacob deGrom – served as GM of the Mets from 2005 to 2010.
Minaya said that he “feel[s] good for the development people and the scouts. You feel good for those guys, because the scouts find them and the development people bring them along.”
As it pertains specifically to Juan Lagares, Minaya recalled that Lagares came to the Mets as a shortstop but “made a lot of errors” and was shifted to the outfield to “settle him down.”
As far as of lots of the players his regime drafted finding success, Minaya credited how the Mets have operated since he left, saying “It’s an organization, not just one person. Part of it has been Paul DePodesta and Sandy Alderson. They are part of bringing these guys along. It’s not an individual thing.”