Good things come to those who wait… or so the saying goes. New York Mets fans have been waiting for quite some time (since 1986 for a World Series title, since 2000 for a World Series appearance, and since 2006 for a playoff appearance). Mets fans are hoping that all this waiting is going to payoff, and are praying it pays off soon.
The New York Mets have focused on rebuilding their farm system for the past several years, and we are finally starting to see their prospects emerging onto the major league scene. Matt Harvey and Zack Wheeler are two pieces that are key to the Mets’ future, along with highly touted prospects Noah Syndergaard and Rafael Montero, who are projected to make their major league debuts this summer. A starting rotation including these four starters could be what the Mets have been waiting for. If things go as planned, this would put them in a position to compete year after year… something that the Mets are not accustomed too.
That was the goal when Sandy Alderson took over. While the major league roster has suffered, the team’s front office is looking at the bigger picture. Time will tell if this strategy will pay off, but things certainly look to be heading in the right direction. Whether these prospects burst on to the scene and can be productive major leaguers for the Mets, or are used as trade pieces for proven players, the Mets now have options.
Many still question if the team can be competitive this year, with Matt Harvey down for the 2014 season after undergoing Tommy John surgery, and the question marks that still remain in the lineup. So Mets fans may have to wait one more year, when a rotation could include Harvey, Wheeler, Syndergaard, and Montero. Let’s hope we can look back and say it was worth the wait.