At last week’s Winter Meetings, Sandy Alderson made one his patented anti-Mets quips that no Mets fans laugh at anymore (did they ever?) — “Our farm system right now is not brimming with prospects.” And whose fault is that, Mr. GM?
Alderson did clean out a good portion of the minors with mid-season trades that helped get the Mets to the postseason in 2015 and 2016. So he deserves credit there. However, only Michael Fulmer has distinguished himself at the big league level. Which means the Mets farm system was not too hot to start with.
And that falls squarely on the shoulders of Alderson and his alleged brain trust. Now, no one disputes the amateur draft is a crapshoot. Here is a good illustration — Ken Griffey, Jr. is the only overall number one pick to be inducted in the Hall of Fame. Of the tens of thousands of players drafted since the draft started in 1965, just 34 are in Cooperstown, including only 11 first rounders. So yeah, the draft is tough.
However, American players have to come from somewhere. And many teams are adept at drafting, especially in the middle rounds where many diamonds-in-the-rough are found. But it appears Sandy Alderson is unable to find those players. He can’t even draft in the first round, with the exception of Michael Conforto.
And what about this mid-season, when the Mets had a sell-off and could reload their system? Alderson traded several somewhat desirable veterans for a bunch of minor league middle relievers. Yet Alderson is still scrambling for relievers and apparently none of those new guys is “brimming” with talent.
I’ve said it before and it bears repeating — Sandy Alderson is not a good evaluator of talent. He has proven this time and time again. If you want to keep Alderson in the front office as team president or something, fine. But go out and get a real baseball man (or woman) as general manager. One who does not make lame jokes about his (her) own team.