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New York Mets: Top Home-Grown Talent Since 2000

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New York Mets: Top Home Grown Talent Since 2000

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The New York Mets have had a history of great home-grown players. Back in the day, we saw great players such as Nolan Ryan, Tom Seaver, Dwight Gooden, and Daryl Strawberry come up and help those teams win World Series. Since then, the Mets have kind of struggled when it comes to grooming their own talent from their farm system.

Not having the best home-grown talent may be part of the problem why this team has failed in recent memory. Many teams try to buy World Series, like the New York Yankees, but the recent winners have had a fair share of their players coming from their farm systems. The Mets are starting to build a formidable farm system with their recent high draft picks and trades.

The team now has to be patient with the young players that they are bringing up. They cannot rush them into big roles right away. Not every player can handle the spotlight once they reach MLB, and it can take a couple of years for them to get accustomed to it. But, the Mets will become competitors again in the near future, and it'll be thanks to the young talent that this team has accumulated from their farm system.

Today, we’ll take a look at the best home-grown players the Mets have had since 2000. Some of the players played very little for the Mets but had very good careers in other places.

Jerry Elsing is a New York Mets writer for Follow him on Twitter @ j_els22, “Like” him on Facebook or add him to your network on Google

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7. Ty Wigginton

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One of the great grinders in the game, Ty Wigginton never had the most talent but he gave everything he had every game. He was one of my favorite Mets to watch, but unfortunately lost his job to a player that will be coming up later on in this list.

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6. Jonathon Niese

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To me, Jonathon Niese is one of the most underrated players in the game. Chosen to be the opening day starter, Niese has had a decent start to his 2013 campaign. What I like most about Niese is ability to locate pitches. He hits spots and is always very consistent. He won’t ever become a star, but he is one of the most solid pitchers the Mets have had in the last 10 years.

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5. Daniel Murphy

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Daniel Murphy is just a hitting machine. All he does is get on base and have the guys behind him drive him in. He won’t ever hit for any kind of power, but he will hit for a high average and draw walks. Murphy has also become a very good defensive second baseman this year for the Mets and should continue to get better as he gets more situated with the position.

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4. Heath Bell

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Heath Bell has become one of the better closers in the game. Yes, I know, his 2012 season was a disaster with the Miami Marlins but taking a look at his career, he has been very successful. The Mets never gave him a shot and Bell has used that as motivation throughout his career.

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3. Matt Harvey

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It’s very early on in Matt Harvey’s career, but you can already see he will be one of the top pitchers in the game for years to come. He’s probably the most promising young pitcher the Mets have had since Gooden. If he can stay healthy, there is no limit to his potential and he will be vying for the NL Cy Young every year of his career.

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2. Jose Reyes

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When Jose Reyes broke into the big leagues, you knew he was destined to be a star. He became the most feared leadoff hitter in MLB with his amazing speed and baserunning ability. In his time with the Mets, he set the record for the most steals in team history and won the NL batting title in 2011.

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1. David Wright

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David Wright is by far the best player that the Mets have drafted in a long time. He does everything you want from your captain. He may be soft spoken, but he lets his play on the field speak for itself. In his career with the Mets, he has hit .301 with 209 HRs and 841 RBIs. By the end of his career, he will hold most of the team’s records and will be considered one of the top three greatest Mets of all-time.