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.”