Modern powerhouses like the Los Angeles Dodgers, the New York Yankees, the Houston Astros, and the Tampa Bay Rays have capable people in all departments.
To have a good baseball club, much more than just a bunch of good players is needed.
You need excellent players, preferably young, but the right veterans work, too.
You need a solid scouting department, you need to have excellent coaching and player development staff, and you should incorporate analytics and let numbers dictate patterns and useful trends, among other things.
The New York Mets are starting to enter the all-around powerhouse category, too.
Lifelong fan and billionaire Steve Cohen took over the team a couple of years ago, and vowed to make the Mets competitive and sustainable.
He’s doing just that.
Not only did he bring in elite talent to the big league team via trades and free agency, but he is also making sure every department works.
The Mets Have Taken A Step Forward Everywhere
The Mets coaching has taken a step forward, and they have developed several useful pieces this year beyond the conventional names (David Peterson, Drew Smith, Trevor Williams, Brandon Nimmo, Luis Guillorme, and Colin Holderman come to mind).
And, the scouting department just did a marvelous job with the MLB Draft.
“Nobody had a better 2022 draft than the Mets, according to MLB Pipeline,” SNY tweeted.
— SNY Mets (@SNY_Mets) July 21, 2022
Because of their decision not to sign Kumar Rocker last year, the Mets had two first-round picks.
According to prospects specialist Jim Callis, they used them well.
“Potential top-five choice Kevin Parada fell in their laps at No. 11 and they followed up three picks later with one of the best high school hitters and runners in Texas prep shortstop Jett Williams. When three days of drafting came to a conclusion right before the All-Star Game, no team had hauled in more talent than New York.”
Their farm system suffered a bit with recent trades, but thanks to some fantastic scouting and some opportunities they took advantage of, they are on their way to replenish it.