By Bryan Zarpentine @BZarp on June 2, 2014
Teams don’t usually address specific needs in the MLB Draft, but sometimes it helps to focus on certain areas throughout the draft. As good as the New York Mets’ farm system is right now, there are certain areas where they are lacking that they need to address during the upcoming 2014 MLB Draft. Here are five positions that will be the Mets’ biggest needs during the draft.
No, the Mets aren't grooming David Wright's replacement, but third base is easily their weakest position in the minor leagues with the Mets having a few talented teenagers in the low levels and not much else. New York needs to add some depth to its farm system at third base, so while they don't need to use an early-round pick on a third baseman, they should pick up a couple at some point in the first 10-20 rounds.
The Mets have a really good outfield prospect in Brandon Nimmo, but many of their outfielders at the upper levels aren't looking so good these days, so they need to restock that position somewhat. Oregon State's Michael Conforto is a possibility for their first-round pick, but whether they pick him or not, the Mets need to find some high-ceiling outfielders in this draft.
The Mets have a strong group of pitching prospects who are starting to make an impact in the big leagues, so they need to find their next generation of pitchers by picking some high school arms in this draft. The Mets don't necessarily need college arms who will move quickly; they can take raw, young talent and mold it over the next several years, so high school pitchers will be better for them in this draft.
The Mets have a couple of good shortstop prospects in Gavin Cecchini and Amed Rosario, but they have no immediate answer for their current issues at that position, so finding a college shortstop who could reach the big leagues quickly and bridge the gap to Cecchini and Rosario would be huge for the Mets. NC State's Trea Turner might be the answer if the Mets can pick him up with their first-round pick.
Outside of Steven Matz and perhaps Jack Leathersich, the Mets have a huge void when it comes to left-handed pitching in their farm system. They could use their first-round pick on Sean Newcomb, but even if they don't, they have to make it a point to draft several left-handed pitchers throughout the 2014 MLB Draft after signing just one lefty from the last two drafts.
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