Originally written on Mets360.com  |  Last updated 12/19/12
It was not so long ago when the Mets had an impressive major league roster but their list of minor league prospects left a lot to be desired. Now, in late 2012 after the trade of R.A. Dickey, the model has been flipped on its head. Despite having two of last year’s top five prospects from my list (Matt Harvey (#1) and Kirk Nieuwenhuis (#5)) graduate to the majors, this group is leaps and bounds better than last year’s model. Before we get to this year’s list, let’s take a second to talk about prospect lists in general and last year’s list in particular. Ranking prospects is tricky and few lists look perfect in hindsight. The biggest issue is how to account for floor versus ceiling. A guy like Vicente Lupo may have a tremendous ceiling but he’s so far away, there’s no way to accurately judge where his floor may be, even taking injuries out of the equation. A guy who has succeeded in the high minors has to be given extra credit. But it’s silly to pretend that all of the best prospects...
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