The Mets drafted 1,576 shortstops this week.
Experts tell me this is what you do when you are looking for a few good middle fielders. I’m not sure what they are expert in, but that’s what they tell me.
Every team drafted 40 players this week. At best, each team will develop 3-4 great players. That’s the math. Don’t question it. Just write it down and remember it.
I talked with OF Tillman Pugh minutes after he was cut this year. The Mets told him that they had plenty of outfielders in the system and could not project him as a future Met. The Mets then went into this draft knowing those three positions were not their concern.
Look at centerfield alone. Three prospects (Matt den Dekker, Darrell Cecilliani, Travis Taijerson) have that position locked up in the system for years. Right now, none have the ability to play in Queens; however, maybe one will. One. That’s all.
Remember… there are at least 7,000,000,000 people on this earth… and there are only 30 CFers. That’s the math.
Regarding the future of MFs… Ruben Tejada has proven he can’t stay healthy. Daniel Murphy is proving every day he can’t play in the field. Danny Muno has already proved he’s as dumb as a stump. And, Reese Havens is proving he was a bad early draft pick. THAT’s the reality of the Mets MF situation.
Continuing… Jordany Valdespin is a head-case. Wilfredo Tovar shows promise, but is far from solid. Robbie Shields seems to have peaked. Rylan Sandoval, Michael Fisher, and Josh Rodriguez are AAAA players. T.J. Rivera is too old at his level. J.C. Gamboa is green.
And then, there is Phillip Evans. He’s projects at starting in Queens in 2016, maybe a year earlier. It looks like second base, especially since Gavin Cecchini is now in the system, but, as the past (and current) have proven, nothing is etched in stone.
What is etched is Tejada and Murphy will NOT be starting middle-fielder in 2015. They just won’t. So, if you can’t project who will be, you start drafting a bunch of guys in hopes of developing one. Maybe two.
That’s how it works.
That’s the math.