As the July 31st MLB trade deadline has now come and gone once again for the New York Mets and their fans, it is now safe to look ahead to the future of this young team. The minor league system that was once regarded as terrible by many in the league, has proven this year that the Mets do have some pearls in their oyster bed. The issue with their lower levels is not the talent, but across the board, it is talent in all the same positions.
It is safe to say that New York will have no shortage of pitching for years if they can develop their staff the right way. That is to not let Matt Harvey, Zach Wheeler and Jeurys Familia become the next, Jason Isringhausen, Paul Wilson and Bill Pulsipher. All Mets fans remember that fabulous trio of upcoming stars. So besides the aforementioned pitchers, here are a couple names for Next that the New York Mets fans can ponder and look forward to, since evidently Fred and Jeff Wilpon will not allow Sandy Alderson to give much help to the major league club this year
The Mets are stacked with outfielders and quality pitching and Cory Vaughn, son of Greg Vaughn, is a power hitting right-handed bat that can be useful on many fronts. Of course he is only in Class A St. Lucie, and is sporting a mere .242 avg., but he has 17HRs, 50RBIs and 19DBL to go with 87 hits in 360ABs. It looks as if Vaughn can keep improving his eye at the plate and refines his tools, we might just see Jason Bay’s replacement for 2014.
Another player to keep an eye on is Phillip Evans, who plays with the Brooklyn Cyclones and is a sure-handed fielding shortstop and second baseman. He was selected 15th overall in 2011 and needs to add some bulk to his frame in order to improve his power numbers. All in all, a good pick that just may find a future in the Mets organization or be used as a piece to complete a trade for a needed spot now, such as catcher.
As you look at the minor league system across the board, the Mets have talent in names like Jenrry Mejia, Wilmer Flores and Brandon Nimmo. But the other names such as Outfielders Cesar Puello and Juan Lagares, RHP Cory Mazzoni and SS Danny Muno will be turning heads as they proceed to the next levels or get swirled in offseason trade rumors that can help bolster the roster now. It is safe to say though, Mets fans, that the recent downturn on the major league level has let the Wilpons off the hook in 2012. We may never know their true intentions if this team was in the running this year, but the future is not as dim as it once sounded.
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