Harvey, Wheeler & Syndergaard are symbolic and represent an approach

Last night on SNY’s Mets Hot Stove, Sandy Alderson had the following to say about his top pitching prospects and the farm system as a whole:

“I think it’s important to underscore the word ‘symbol’ or symbolic.’ I think they represent an approach. Certainly, [Matt Harvey, Zack Wheeler, and Noah Syndergaard are] at the forefront. Those three have been rated very highly. They’re among our best prospects. … I think they’re representative of a broader development, and that is our farm system has gotten a lot stronger. Zack, Syndergaard and Harvey have gotten a lot of press. But, at the same time, we’ve got a lot of depth behind them. … In a broader sense, it’s important that every team – including big market teams – have very solid farm systems. Otherwise, success is not going to be sustainable or achievable, eventually.”

Michael Baron, Contributor

The Mets clearly want to build their farm system so they have a continuous influx of talent to the big leagues. Their farm system has progressed, but not to the point they’re ready to start dealing from it to acquire more established talent (such as the Braves did for Justin Upton). To sacrifice that young talent to acquire quick fixes now would be shortsighted and a deviation from the plan, which Alderson so much as said at a season-ticket holder event earlier this week.