Matthew Cerrone, Lead Writer
In a post for It’s About the Money, Dominic Lanza fills out full rosters for every MLB team using only active players from each team’s respective farm system.
Here is what he believes the Mets could look like, using only homegrown players, assuming they never traded any one away:
Starting Pitchers: A.J. Burnett • Dillon Gee • Matt Harvey • Scott Kazmir • Jonathon Niese
Bullpen: Heath Bell • Josh Edgin • Jeurys Familia • Matt Lindstrom • Jenrry Mejia • Bobby Parnell • Joe Smith
Catchers: Francisco Pena • Josh Thole
Infielders: Mike Carp • Ike Davis • Daniel Murphy • Jose Reyes • Ty Wigginton • David Wright
Outfielders: Endy Chavez • Nelson Cruz • Lucas Duda • Carlos Gomez • Angel Pagan
It’s fascinating to think about how life — on and off the field — might have been different for this franchise, for better or worse. For instance, if Burnett isn’t traded for Al Leiter, what does that mean for 2000? Where would we be without ever seeing Mike Piazza every night at Shea Stadium? No Johan, so no no-hitters still? And so on…
The baseball lesson, I think, is that no team can do it on homegrown talent alone, though Reyes and Gomez at the top of the order would be amazing; but, if you do, for the love of Mr. Met, develop pitching. Also, without free agency, the Yankees would be screwed.
I would love to see someone smarter than me go a step further and use advanced statistics to assign a win total and standings to these rosters, so we can get an idea of who would be where and why…
To see Lanza’s rosters for every team, check out his post on It’s About the Money.