Keith Law of ESPN recently ranked the Mets' farm system 21st in the majors, but said the team has plenty of talent in the lower minors.
"There is a lot of talent in the lower levels of the system," Law wrote. "But they have had a few of these guys who were pretty good out of the draft come into pro ball and then have not progressed or even have regressed after getting into the system."
Law ranked Mets LHP David Peterson 48th on his Top 100 Prospects list, comparing his ceiling to Chris Sale and Alex Wood, and believes LHP Anthony Kay is the team's sleeper prospect.
"He was back for instructs in the fall, touching 95 in short outings with a plus changeup and average breaking ball," Law wrote about Kay. "He could be primed for a big jump with a healthy 2018."
The 22-year-old Kay, who the Mets selected with the 31st pick in the 2016 MLB Draft, had Tommy John surgery in October of 2016 and missed all of last season.
Regarding RHP Justin Dunn, who struggled in 2017 after being ranked 84th on Law's Top 100, Law said the team may have rushed him -- calling him "an athlete with a tremendous arm," per Abbey Mastracco of NJ.com.
"Justin Dunn I think is the most glaring example of the guy whose stuff is still pretty good, at least in terms of the quality of his pitches, but was so successful in college and then comes in to pro ball his first full season this year and they probably pushed him too far into high right away, just speaking in hindsight," Law said. "But also there were a lot of issues with his feel to pitch, his lack of command, with lack of life on the fastball."
The 22-year-old Dunn, who the Mets selected with the 19th overall pick in the 2016 Draft , had a 5.00 ERA and 1.56 WHIP in 95.1 innings for High-A St. Lucie in 2017. He posted a 1.50 ERA and 1.17 WHIP in 30 innings for Short-Season A Brooklyn in his professional debut in 2016. He will likely begin the 2018 season back with St. Lucie.
Law also recently touched on the amount of injuries the Mets have suffered to their prospects.
"They have had a ton of injuries in the farm," Law said last week, according to Mastracco. "And I was struck by how many kids were hurt, were coming back from getting hurt or haven't come all the way back from getting hurt."
Baseball America ranked the Mets' farm system 27th in their rankings that were released on Monday. The Braves were ranked 1st, with the Phillies 6th, the Nationals 15th, and the Marlins 19th.