During a Q&A with Paul DePodesta and other Mets executives on Thursday, I was able to get some brief, but straight answers on a variety of questions I had pertaining to the Mets minor league system, prospects and the draft.
Metsmerized: Was bringing back GCL affiliate a result of your inability to properly place players where they belonged commensurate with their level of development last season? For example having Gavin Cecchini in GCL rather than Kingsport?
Mets Execs: First off, it gives our pitchers more innings and position players more at bats. Secondly, it gives us more flexibility in assigning & developing players at an early stage in our development.
Metsmerized: Was there ever an official statement by the Mets on why we never signed second rounder Teddy Stankiewicz?
Mets Execs: We were unable to agree on a deal with Teddy. As a result we will get an extra pick (76) in the ’13 draft.
Metsmerized: Can you give us the latest medical update on left-hander Steven Matz?