The Mets' farm system took hits last offseason and again during the 2019 season when a bunch of highly-rated prospects were traded away in deals for immediate fixes. But their farm system entering the 2020 season is in solid shape, according to Keith Law of The Athletic.
Law, whose rankings of all 30 MLB farm systems were released on Monday, ranked the Mets No. 16 overall, noting that despite the trades of so many of their top prospects, the Mets' recent drafts and international signings (with many of those signings producing right away after coming stateside) have kept them afloat.
"I can understand Met fans' concerns that their elite prospects will be traded for short-term help in the majors, but there's enough in the second tier of guys - after Ronny Mauricio and Francisco Alvarez and the 2019 draftees - to help patch the roster in July as needed," Law writes.
In addition to being ranked in the middle of the pack in all of MLB, the Mets' farm system is also ranked by Law in the middle of the pack when it comes to the NL East.
The Braves were ranked No. 2 on Law's list, with the Marlins No. 8, the Phillies No. 22, and the Nationals No. 29.
The Mets' farm system, while not nearly as strong as it would've been had they not made the Edwin Diaz/Robinson Cano trade and the Marcus Stroman trade, still has four prospects who are viewed as upper echelon (INF Ronny Mauricio, C Francisco Alvarez, RHP Matthew Allan, and 3B Brett Baty), and a handful of other prospects (including INF Andres Gimenez) who are close to being top-100 talents.
In order to get Diaz and Cano, the Mets sent OF Jarred Kelenic and RHP Justin Dunn to the Mariners. Kelenic, who could make his MLB debut at some point this season, is a consensus top-15 prospect in all of baseball. Dunn made his MLB debut last season.
In the trade for Stroman, the Mets traded RHP Simeon Woods Richardson and LHP Anthony Kay to the Blue Jays. Both Woods Richardson and Kay (who made his Blue Jays debut late last season) are fringe-top-100 prospects.
Still, as Law noted, the Mets had what was widely viewed as a tremendous MLB Draft in 2019. That draft netted them Baty, Allan (a first-round talent who fell to the third-round due to signability concerns), RHP Josh Wolf, and others. And that influx has helped the system in a big way.