The minor leagues serve many purposes but as a fan of the Mets, my interest in the minors is strictly in developing players for the major league club, whether for the 25-man roster or for use in trades. There’s no right way to develop prospects and what might be proper for Player A could be disastrous for Player B. Understanding that, it seems that each organization should have a basic guideline on how to handle prospects. Here’s what mine would be for the Mets.
The Mets have three short-season league teams with clubs in the Gulf Coast League, the Appalachian League and the New York-Penn League. The Mets have a definite hierarchy, with Brooklyn being their top club and the Gulf Coast Mets being their bottom club. To me, these clubs are treated too much like separate levels, especially when it comes to guys with a major league future.
If any team should be considered different among these three, it should be the GCL entry. The Mets should use their GCL franchise...