Originally posted on Mets360.com  |  Last updated 6/23/13
The Mets’ short-season affiliates got their seasons underway this past week. Those affiliates are, in order from most advanced to least, the Brooklyn Cyclones (New York-Penn League), the Kingsport Mets (Appalachian League), and the GCL Mets (Gulf Coast League). The Cyclones are at the short-season A class-level while both Kingsport and the GCL team are rookie level.  Though the Mets have two teams in the Dominican Summer League (DSL), they will not be discussed in detail here. These teams consist of the players in the Mets’ system furthest away in terms of making any impact at the major league level, but are fun to keep track of nonetheless. They are the youngest and rawest players so refinement of their skills and approach to the game trump actual numbers for the most part. Short-season teams are generally the first stop for each year’s draft class whether they were college or high school players. For college players, Brooklyn is usually where they start their professional careers....
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