Sandy Alderson is the 12th-best GM in baseball history, according to Mark L. Armour and Daniel R. Levitt, authors of the new book, In Pursuit of Pennants: Baseball Operations from Deadball to Moneyball (Pursuit of Pennants, Jan. 29).
“He was the first modern GM to actively introduce analytics, though rudimentary by current standards, into a team’s decision making, and he was the first young executive of the modern era hired to run a major league team’s baseball operations without coming from a baseball background,” Armour and Levitt explain.
This past October, the Mets picked up Alderson’s 2015 option and signed him to a two-year extension.
“I understand not everything has gone as we would have hoped,” Alderson said when announcing the new deal. “I don’t think we’re that far away, I don’t think we have to take a giant leap to become a playoff competitive team.”
Mets position prospects Kevin Plawecki, Matt Reynolds, Dilson Herrera and Brandon Nimmo are all on the verge of being major-league ready players, Paul DePodesta told reporter Mike Vorkonuv (NJAM, Jan. 30).
“This isn’t a situation where all of our good guys are in A-ball and we have to wait three of four years before they’re ready,” he said. “We’ve waited the three or four years and now we’re at the point where these guys, fortunately, have continued to perform and have maintained or improved their prospect status and now they’re very close. They’re very close. That isn’t to say they won’t still have growing pains, either at Triple-A or the major league level, because that happens for most young players. But, they’re certainly right on the cusp of potentially being in New York.”
Matthew Cerrone: The thing about all of these hyped-up prospects is that, at some point, Sandy Alderson is going to have to make a trade. What other choice will he have? In talking to people around baseball, I believe any combination of the above names, plus a top pitching prospect or two, is worth getting back a meaningful big-league player. That said, if he wants to let these upper-level prospects mature a bit more, while getting a better read on, say, Travis d’Arnaud, Juan Lagares, Wilmer Flores, etc., I understand. How long can that last? Eventually, he’s going to have a log jam and something will have to give, especially if the team is as close to making a run at the playoffs as he thinks they are…
The Mets have the fourth-best farm system baseball, according to prospect expert Keith Law (ESPN, Jan. 28).
According to Law, the team is simply drafting better these days, he told Tommy Rothman (MMO, Jan. 30).
“I just think they’ve drafted a lot smarter, especially towards the top,” Law explained. “We’ll see if some of the later picks work, they’ve had some later picks that were interesting, those often take a little longer to percolate and show that there’s real value. But, I think, that they’ve clicked on most of their high picks the last few years.”
Law says he loved the pick of OF Michael Conforto in last year’s draft, because he was best pure hitter in that class.
“That’s the kind of player they just didn’t seem to be taking previously,” he explained. “It’s hard for me to really characterize what the draft strategy was under Omar Minaya’s regime, because I never really got it, I never understood it. Now, they’re doing a better job of just saying, ‘Who’s the best player on the board? We’ll take that guy.'”
MLB.com’s Top 100 Prospects will be revealed tonight, with the Top 50 being unveiled during a one-hour special on MLB Network and MLB.com beginning at 9 p.m. ET.
The Mets will have five players on the overall list, MLB.com prospect expert Jim Callis said in this week’s Mostly Mets Podcast, pres. by Land Rover…
Noah Syndergaard, catcher Kevin Plawecki and outfielders Michael Conforto and Brandon Nimmo will again make the cut, having appeared on MLB.com’s Top 100 last summer (MLB.com, July 28). However, according to Callis, while Mets 1B prospect Dominic Smith drops out of their top 100, LHP Steven Matz will make his debut.
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