Baseball America recently handed out Draft Report Card grades for all MLB teams from 2005-2008. According to BA’s Jim Callis, the grades are solely on the quality of the draftees signed, and not on the number of picks added/lost through free-agent compensation, the amount of money spent, whom the players may have been traded for or unsigned players who became prominent.
The grading scale is:
Here are the NL East grades:
The only thing I can think of for Mets fans is EPIC FAIL… The Mets ranked 25th out of 30 overall and 14th out of 16 in the NL. The issue of not drafting overslot has contributed to this poor showing, but this is a direct reflection on the scouting and player development departments. Have the Mets had good prospects, yes. Have the Mets developed some lower profile prospects, yes. So it is not a total disaster.
The fact that we are last in the NL East in this particular area, is telling to the state of the farm system and the state of the current Mets 40-man roster. Only Jose Reyes, David Wright, Jon Niese, Daniel Murphy, Mike Pelfrey, Bobby Parnell, Josh Thole, Eddie Kunz, Tobi Stoner, Shawn Bowman, Fernando Martinez, and Nick Evans have been either drafted or signed originally by the Mets organization (Angel Pagan was drafted by the Mets, but was then sold to the Cubs in 2006 where he later was called up). That is 12 out of 40 (30%), of which only Reyes, Wright, Murphy, Pelfrey, and Parnell have been major contributors. That would be 5 out of 40 (12.5%). This is a major reason for the annual need to sign high profile free agents, the lack of developing ML caliber players within the farm system. With that being said, I believe the current state of the farm is not as bad as it may seem. With Mejia, Martinez, Davis, Holt, Flores, Thole, Niese, Havens, and others, the farm is progressing, albeit slowly, but progressing nonetheless.