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Homegrown Mets 2022 Version


The loss of any decent homegrown player is sad, the loss of an all-time great like Jacob deGrom is an entirely different kind of pain that many are feeling right now.

But in the end, there will be an opening day in about 5 months, we will be excited and there's a decent chance the Mets will be a post-season player again in 2023. While the Mets have done a pretty good job of drafting and developing stars, an all-homegrown club would likely have fallen well-short of the 2022 version that had added five major pieces (Max, Marte, Bassitt, Canha, Escobar) last off-season.

This post looks at what an "All-Homegrown" Mets Roster would have looked like if all trades and free-agent signings were banned. Only guys originally drafted or signed as IFA's by the club could be rostered, so no Wheeler, Syndergaard, d'Arnaud etc. Of course, that's a stupid idea that would make the off-season and Winter Meetings a snooze-fest but I find it an interesting thought exercise and might offer some insight into how good/bad the Mets have been at identifying young talent.

Caveat - In an actual world with no trades for free agent signings this is list would change. In that world, the Mets would not have received compensation draft picks (i.e. Kevin Plawecki) and conversely would not have lost picks due to signing restricted free agents. But this list will have to do.

Caveat 2 - I probably missed some IFA signings and possibly draftees. If I have please point them out in the comments.

The Lineup: Or at least one way to construct it.

Player

Pos

'22 fWAR

Stats

Acquired

HS/College

Brandon Nimmo

CF

5.4

134wRC+, 16HR, .367obp, 673PAs

2011/1/13

HS-WY

Andres Gimenez

SS

6.1

140wRC+, 17HRs, 557PAs

2015 IFA

Peter Alonso

1B

4.0

143wRC+, 40HR, 685PAs

2016/2/64

C U of FL

Jeff McNeill

RF

5.9

143 wRC+, .326, 9HR, 589PAs

2013/12/356

C-Cal St

Wilmer Flores

3B

1.5

103wRC+, 602PAs, 19HR

2006 IFA

Amed Rosario

LF

2.4

103wRC+, 11HRs, 670 PAs

2012 IFA

Luis Guillorme

2B

1.3

106wRC+, 335 PAs, 2HR

2013/10/296

HS FL

Tomas Nido

C

0.9

74wRC+, 313PAs, 3HR

2012/8/260

HS FL

Kevin Plawecki

C

-0.5

61wRC+, 1HR, 186PAs

2012/1s/35

C Purdue

Michael Conforto

Missing In Action

OR State

That's 27 fWAR bWAR in 2022 from the 8 position players, an average of 3.4/position which is pretty good. Notice there's no DH in there ...

The Bench: Outfielders, outfielders, my kingdom for an outfielder! Going to have to bring back Juan Lagares and drag Carlos Gomez out of retirement just to fill out the bench. Unless Vientos, Baty & Alvarez would have thrived with a full-season in Queens the bench is pretty much a debacle.

Player

Pos

'22 fWAR

Stats

Acquired

HS/College

Dominic Smith

LF

-0.1

67wRC+, 0 HR, 152PAs,

2013/1/11

HS CA

Nelson Cruz

DH

0.2

85wRC+, 10HR, 507PAs

Matt Reynolds

3B

0.4

81wRC+, 3HR, 272 PAs

2012/2/71

C-U of Arkansas

Jared Kelenic

CF/RF

-0.1

55wRC+, 7HR, 181 PAs

HS WI

Juan Lagares

CF

-0.5

24wRC+, 0HR, 62PAs

2006 IFA

Patrick Mazeika

C

-0.1

45wRC+, 1HR, 72PAs

Stetson FL

Brett Baty

3B

-0.1

71wRC+, 42PAs, 2HR

HS TX

Mark Vientos

DH

-0.2

65wRC+, 41PAs, 1HR

HS FL

Francisco Alvarez

C/DH

0

123wRC+, 14PAs, 1HR

IFA

Add it and you find that the actual Mets totaled 6,176 PAs and 171 HRs. The Homegrown Mets fell 223 PAs and 18 HRs short of the actual Mets. Overall, a much weaker club without Lindor, Marte, Canha, Eskie and Vogie.

The Rotation: Rut-roh!

Jose Quintana

LHP

4.0

32 GS/32GS, 165.2ip, 137k/47bb, 2.93 ERA

IFA

Chris Flexen

RHP

1.3

33G/22gS 137.2ip, 95k's,51bb, 3.73

2012/14/440

HS-CA

David Peterson

LHP

0.9

28G/19GS, 105.2ip, 126k/48bb, 3.83 ERA

2017/1/20

U of Oregon

Jacob deGrom

RHP

1.4

11GS, 64.1ip, 102k/8bb, 3.08 ERA

2010/9/272

C Stetson

Steven Matz

LHP

-0.4

15G/10GS 48ip, 54k/10bb, 5.25 ERA

2009/2/72

HS NY

Tylor Megill

RHP

0.0

15G/9GS 47.1ip, 51k/13bb, 5.13ERA

Justin Dunn

LHP

-0.1

7GS, 31ip, 21k's,/17 bbs, 6.10 ERA

2016/1/19

Boston College

John Gant

RHP

0.3

Did not appear 22

2011/21/642

HS FL

Matt Harvey

RHP

-0.7

Did not appear 22

2010/1/7

C UNC

Jose Quintana is your ace and you'll like it! He actually had a helluva season logging 32 starts with a sub 3.00 ERA. But no one else in the Mets homegrown rotation made more than 22 starts. And the 7 guys that made starts last season only totaled 115. Last time I checked, we're back to playing 162 game seasons. Even including the substantial number of bullpen innings thrown by those guys they totaled 599.2 innings which is less than 4 innings per game.

Truth be told though, growing pitching is extremely hard, most clubs need to bring in reinforcements from outside.

The Bullpen:

Paul Sewald

RHP

0.5

65G, 64ip, 72k/17bb, 2.67ERA, 20 saves

2012/10/320

C-U of SD

Rafael Montero

RHP

1.5

71G, 68.1ip, 73k, 23bb, 2.37 ERA, 14 saves

IFA

Collin McHugh

RHP

1.4

58G, 69.1ip, 75k/14bb, 2.60 ERA

2008/18/554

C Berry College

Nabil Crismatt

RHP

0.8

50G 67.1ip, 65k/22bb, 2.94ERA

2011 IFA

Seth Lugo

RHP

0.2

62G, 65IP, 69K/18bb, 3.60ERA

2011/34/1032

C-Centenary LA

Michael Fulmer

RHP

0.7

67G, 63.2ip, 61k/28bb, 3.39ERA

2011/1s/44

HS - OK

Luis Cessa

RHP

0.0

47G/10GS, 80.2ip, 59k/28bb, 4.57ERA

IFA

Adam Kolarek

LHP

-0.1

15g, 17.2ip, 9k/8bb, 4.58ERA

2010/11/332

C UMD

Joe Smith

RHP

-0.9

34G, 27.1ip, 17k/9ip, 4.61ERA

2006/3/94

C Wright St

Robert Gsellman

RHP

0

8g/1G, 15.1ip, 9k/3bb, 4.70 ERA

2011/13/402

HS - CA

Simeon Woods-Richardson

RHP

0

1GS, 5ip, 3k/2bb, 3.60ERA

2018/2

HS - TX

Jeurys Familia

RHP

-0.3

48G, 44.1ip, 33k/15bb, 6.09ERA

2007 IFA

Domingo Tapia

RHO

-0.1

11G, 17ip, 12k/14bb, 8.47ERA

Anthony Kay

LHP

0

1G, 2ip, 3k/1bb 4.50ERA

2016/1/31

U Conn

Hansel Robles

RHP

-0.7

26G, 24.2ip, 21k/14bb, 5.84ERA

2008 IFA

Thomas Szapucki

LHP

-0.3

11G, 15ip, 4k/3bb, 7.20ERA

2015/14/149

Matt Koch

RHP

-0.2

4G, 4.1ip, 3k/1bb, 8.31ERA

2012/3

U Louisville

Yusmeiro Petit

RHP

Did Not Play 22

IFA

Corey Oswalt

RHP

Did Not Play 22

2012/7/230

HS-CA

Brad Wieck

LHP

Did Not Play 22

2015/7/205

C-OK City U


No one can replace Edwin Diaz but this pen has some very good depth. Sewald and Montero as a 2-headed closer would have converted 34 saves which isn't bad. But they also blew seven. Diaz had 32 saves vs. only 3 blown saves.

Overall, the 2022 Mets were stronger than the "Homegrown Mets" in most every phase of the roster. That said, the Mets have identified and/or developed some pretty critical pieces like Jake, Pete, McNeil, Nimmo & Gimenez. Most any club would consider that a very strong core to build around. Though the lack of quality starting pitching would clearly need to be addressed with outside reinforcements - sound familiar?

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