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Sandy Alderson talks draft and farm with ESPN’s Keith Law

Mets GM Sandy Alderson appeared on Keith Law’s podcast on Thursday to talk about his farm system, and essentially said:

  • He’s looked to use first-round picks on ‘high-ceiling players.’
  • His goal isn’t to draft strike-throwing pitchers, but to select guys who can ‘control the strike zone,’ i.e., guys who can get ahead of the count by doing a variety of different things.

“We’ve tried to be much more systematic,” Alderson said of how they’ve approached the farm system and draft. “Paul DePodesta oversees scouting and player development, but Paul has done a terrific job, not just in terms of the selections we’ve made and the scouts that we have currently, but approaching it in a more systematic way. And I think that that means using the information but doing it in a way that gives us some leverage, and trying to use less traditional means of evaluation.”


To listen to the full show, click here. To read a full transcript, click here.

23 comments
strake
strake

Kudos to Sandy, DePodesta and Ricciardi for finally replenishing the farm system. Syndergard, Wheeler and Harvey will put us in a position to compete for the next 5-7 years while the Plawecki's, Nimmo's and Smith's make their way to the majors. We have a bright future ahead.

MinorLeagueMadhouse
MinorLeagueMadhouse

If he wants less traditional, then he should go after Touki Touissant. Haiti born, Only started pitching in sophomore year, dude would be good on the cheap. 

George Brezny
George Brezny

The pundits are touting the Met's minor league system lately through draft and recent trades to stock young arms.. So I think we should give credit where credit is do.

However, the Mets have been notoriously wrong with their day to day player development - mostly hits or misses in history of the team. May have to do with the personalities of these hitters not being able to play in this market from the get go... Many have thrived once they left NY..for whatever reason...We always have had to trade or sign fa's for position players and I would say a trade has only worked out in the Mets favor less than 25 percent of the time. Would be interesting to know what that number really is. The Yankees in comparison always get the top tier position players. Fat chance we will ever be able to spend like they do unless a true cap comes in to play. This means Mets scouts picking the second level need to have much better success rate at evaluating fa's and trades... Why they cant pick consistent position players in the draft, or through other means I have no clue. Most past Met administrations have failed miserably over time. To me, the clock has begun to tick on this regime as well.. Please sign Steven Drew and I will be content for this year. If the money is set,mutual opt outs after a year makes the most sense.. especially with the star SS's coming out next year... If Drew balks, he's not worth it...but at least offer it... Too many holes in the day to day line up right now.. David Wright.. I know you have to say all the right things but you cant be totally content at this point... Let's go Mets. If you really want our opinions....conduct a scientific study with all Mets fans... I dare you.:) Lifelong Mets fan since 1964. And, I hope you guys really didn't give the fans an ultimatum (if you don't come we wont spend)... -really.. RIP Ralph.. Wish Gary would bring his version of Kiner's show.... and tell MLB to open up the airwaves outside of NY so we can watch special shows such as Mets Yearbook, etc.

sylow59
sylow59

A variety of different things is much better than doing A VARIETY OF THE SAME THING.

chasesimms
chasesimms

That's great.  Job well done. Now please sign Drew. 

John Paul Cullinane
John Paul Cullinane

It's easy to say, "Draft position players as we have enough arms for the next several years"......but by the time these position players you'd draft now are ready, your pitchers are hitting free agency and you'd have no pitchers in your farm as you've been focusing on positional players.  

You could argue that, "since the positional players will be coming up, you can afford to keep those pitchers," which is only part-true as pitchers are more expensive....

I really think they need a good balance of both each year, but if it's close between taking a pitcher or positional player, you have to take the pitcher.  You also need to make smart trades mid-year...


...oh, and spend a bit of money on proven talent and not reclamation projects on guys who have been injured or coming off a bad year.  $85 million would have been an OK payroll 10 years ago...3 of the 4 NLCS/ALCS teams were top 5 in payroll and the 4th team were the Cardinals at $117 million - over $30 million more than ours...and we're in the #1 media market with ridiculous prices for tickets, parking, concessions, and team TV networks....something's not right...

Macacawitz
Macacawitz

I was listening to  First Pitch this morning on satellite radio.  A guy called in and started talking up the Met's young pitching talent.  The hosts Jim Duquette and Todd Hollandsworth basically cut the guy off at the knees.  To paraphrase, they basically said, the division's too good, Met's are finishing last.  Now either Duquette still has a resentment against the Mets, or the perspective from outside the Mets inner circle is very different from what we've been lead to believe.  On the other hand they were raving about the Marlins.  I guess we'll have to let it play out and see what happens. 

Tommy JongHo Kim
Tommy JongHo Kim

How was Cecchini a high ceiling player? Sandy is awful with drafting

hashburry
hashburry

Systematically missing on non-pitchers with regularity.

metstastic
metstastic

Alderson has said in the past, he wants a balance of both... That the draft is not meant to help the current team but the future and that the draft will provide a pipeline of players. Once pitchers reach free agency you can either resign them or trade them and restock the farm. Thy don't all have to be resigned.

metzfan22
metzfan22

@Tommy JongHo Kim  He's awful with drafting? Really? Our farm system is 6th, according to Law. It was far from 6th when he took over. 

rstpigeon
rstpigeon

@Tommy JongHo Kim I've been down on Cecchini but he's young and he was projecting to be a good, all-round shortstop with some power potential when he was drafted out of HS - a top 20 pick. So, the reported ceiling is/ was there.


I'm more concerned over the Nimmo pick. I am rooting for him to bust out, this year, because I think the logic behind such a pick is that it all just clicks and you've got a major-leaguer on your hands.


They're really young, and anything can happen.

BringBackDaveTelghe
BringBackDaveTelghe

@hashburry We may have drafted the best bat in the draft in Dom Smith last year.  Nice you conveniently ignore that.

BringBackDaveTelghe
BringBackDaveTelghe

@rstpigeon @Tommy JongHo Kim You do realize Nimmo last year had a .302 / .421 / .405 on the road and struggled at the impossible to hit stadium in Savannah.  Add in the fact he was hurt for a month and made some progress vs lefties later in the season and there was nothing to be done on Nimmo last year...

metstastic
metstastic

Also Plawecki. Drafting high ceiling position players started with Nimmo. It took 3 years to get this far. It takes time.

sylow59
sylow59

Brutal heat and humidity don't help.

rstpigeon
rstpigeon

@BringBackDaveTelghe @rstpigeon@Tommy JongHo Kim I fully realize it. He has to grow up into a Citi Field player. Savannah is no more daunting than the bandboxes in Philly or Cincinnati:


Left Field: 322 feet (98 m)
Center Field: 400 feet (120 m)
Right Field: 310 feet (94 m)

As I said, I am rooting for him. Savannah might have hurt his power but, it should not have affected his average if he's driving the ball. Ground ball and line-drive hits are always hits, in every park - if they get through or over the infield and gappers are gappers. If anything, larger gaps in Savannah should help. Want to say that ballpark prevents HR's? I get it, I agree. But smaller parks are harder in some respects, fewer doubles, outfield assists easier, poorer fielders can cover more ground. So, Savannah has attributes that works for good hitters and should not rob him of solid singles and should increase his doubles and triples.


Again, I am rooting for him and I hope he stays healthy and busts out.