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.'”
ESPN’s Keith Law included six Mets in his Top 100 Prospect List for 2015 (ESPN Insider, Jan. 29).
Here are six things you’ll learn about the above players from Law’s list >> Read More.
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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In their three-plus seasons together, Kevin Long helped to transform Curtis Granderson from a triples hitter to a home run hitter, according to Matt Turner.
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Pedro Lopez will return as the manager for Double-A Binghamton >> Read more
Bob Ojeda will not be returning to SNY this season, according to reporter Bob Raissman (Daily News, Jan. 29).
Ojeda’s deal with the network expired after last season.
“The two sides remained far apart on the financial terms of a new package,” according to Raissman.
Ojeda, 57, pitched for the Mets from 1986 to 1990 and served as a pitching coach in their minor league system from 2001-2003. He joined SNY as a pre- and post-game contributor for Mets telecasts in 2009.