The Mets have the seventh-best farm system in baseball, and the second-best in the NL East, according to a recent list published by ESPN.com's minor-league guru Keith Law.
"The Mets were not aggressive at the trade deadline in July, and while that may have angered some of their fans, it means we won't see someone they traded win a Rookie of the Year award in 2017," Law explains. "Several years of strong draft results have restocked the system, first with young position players with upside and now with polished starting pitchers, led by Justin Dunn and Thomas Szapucki."
Law's rankings are based first-hand reports and conversations with scouts, executives, and team officials.
This is good news, 1) because it means there may be a nice stream of talent coming in behind the guys that were promoted the last few years, but also 2) it might mean the Mets have kids to deal at this year's trade deadline, in the event they're in need of improvements.
By the way, I love that Law mentioned Szapucki, who is from Toms River, NJ. He turned a lot of heads last season, despite still being young and green. I had an experienced scout that watched him last season tell me he has the most raw talent and upside of any pitcher in the team's system.
"He has an electric arm speed," Brooklyn Cyclones pitching coach Bill Bryk, Jr. told MLB.com this past August. "Thank God for giving him that lightning bolt for an arm."
People I've talked with say Szapucki is very reminiscent of Steven Matz, who is also a 6' 2" left-handed starter from the Tri-State area. He doesn't have Matz's velocity, but it's coming. Szapucki picked up 3-5 mph on his fastball last season, occasionally touching 96-97 mph. Similarly, he made improvements with his curve ball, which has more far more snap than when he was drafted.