June 15, 2021

Brodie Van Wagenen’s Mets predecessors set bar high for homegrown talent (New York Post)

A record for players used in Major League Baseball has been set every year since 2013, up to 1,410 in 2019. Where did they all come from? The Post put all 1,410 back on their original teams and in a three-part series we are examining which organizations have done the best at bringing talent into their pipeline — and just how much it matters. Today’s Part 2: The Mets.

The Mets won 86 games last year in Brodie Van Wagenen’s first season as general manager. They were and are contenders because of the work of his two predecessors, Omar Minaya and Sandy Alderson, who both fared better in accumulating homegrown talent than the perception during their terms.

Alderson’s Mets went to the World Series in 2015 mainly behind players brought into the system during Minaya’s reign — think Jacob deGrom, Matt Harvey and Daniel Murphy. And the Mets finished with the sixth-most wins last year with lingering pieces from Minaya (now an assistant to Van Wagenen) such as deGrom, Jeurys Familia, Juan Lagares and Steven Matz plus key homegrowns from the Alderson era such as Pete Alonso, Michael Conforto and Jeff McNeil.

The final first-round pick of the Alderson administration in…

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