Shortly after we published our New York Mets Team Prospect List, Joe – from Mets Merized Online – asked if Nathaniel and I would be willing to answer some questions about the Mets minor leagues. We were both happy to oblige.
Joe wound up sending us a total of eight questions, but due to the fact that we ran a little long with our answers (shocking I know) he split the Q&A into two parts when he posted it over on their site about a week ago.
I hope you will take the time to head over there and check out both parts of the Q&A to read our responses. While you’re there check out their other content. They do a great job over there and I’m not just saying that because they’ve been known to link and support our content. To whet your appetite and pique your curiousity I’m going to include Joe’s questions here.
Part 1 covered the first four questions which are as follows:
1. Tell us a little bit about your site. What was your inspiration and did you set any goals. What makes you different than others?
2. The Mets haven’t developed a catcher since Todd Hundley and it’s been a sore spot for most of the organization’s 50 years. Is it that catching prospects are rare and hard to find, especially offensive minded ones, or have the Mets really dropped the ball on this? It’s a little frustrating to see our best catching prospect Juan Centeno check in with a grade of C+.
3. I’m very surprised to see Allan Dykstra as the top first base prospect. Who was he up against and what ultimately led to your decision to go with him?
4. Which Mets prospects, regardless of your rankings, should we expect to see in 2012? Can you give us 3-4 names and also tell us whether these players will be longterm fixtures in Flushing?
Part 2 covered the second half of the questions:
5. Who is most likely the shortstop of the future for the Mets Jordany Valdespin or Danny Muno?
6. One of the guys that really stood out for me last season was Jack Leathersich. What can you tell me about him and how quickly do you think he will move up, when can we see him coming out of the Mets’ bullpen gates?
7. Recently, ESPN’s Keith Law ranked the Mets 22nd among all 30 MLB teams. Is it really that bad still? I was of the opinion that the Mets made up a lot of ground in the last two seasons and had them ranked about 14th. Act as sort of a tie breaker and share your thoughts.
8. Lucas Duda never really spent any quality time on anyone’s prospect list, and yet here he is about to lay claim to the Mets everyday rightfield job in 2012. Did he just slip through the cracks?
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