Since becoming the GM of the Mets Brodie Van Wagenen has made some good and some bad moves. While the Mets have brought aboard Edwin Diaz, Robinson Cano, Jeurys Familia, Wilson Ramos, Rajai Davis, Gregor Blanco, Keon Broxton, Walker Lockett and J.D. Davis, they’ve lost a ton of talent from their farm. See below as the Mets have said goodbye to seven players from my Top 50.
Jarred Kelenic, OF (#3) – Met fans will bemoan the Cano trade for years if Kelenic develops into any sort of starting caliber outfielder. Based upon his first half season, Seattle has plenty of reason to hope for more. Kelenic showed tremendous offensive potential and the physical ability to play anywhere in the outfield. Van Wagenen was forced to give him up to keep Diaz from winding up with a divisional rival but I’m not sure it was worth it.
Justin Dunn, RHP (#6) – The Mets farm system was bolstered when the Mets traded Asdrubal Cabrera and got Franklyn Kilome but Dunn was both healthier and better performing. Based upon his numbers it appeared that his future lay as a #3 starting pitcher with potential to be a solid #2 or to be transferred to the bullpen. Dunn’s inclusion in the deal hurts far less for now because we still remember his awful 2017.
Gerson Bautista, RHP (#29) – Bautista has some raw stuff but looked awful when he got his promotion in 2018. His fastball may be fast but it also seemed pretty darn hittable. There was a chance that Bautista could still develop into a star reliever but that didn’t seem to be too likely.
Bobby Wahl, RHP (#20) – One of the better trades this offseason the Mets give up Wahl, who may or may not succeed as a reliever for Keon Broxton who has seen major league success in his time in the majors. Wahl seemed to struggle in translation from AAA to MLB but seems likely to be a major league caliber middle reliever in the making.
Felix Valerio, 2B (#46) – Don’t lie. You didn’t know about Valerio and you don’t really care about a 5’7” middle infielder who hasn’t played in the US. He showed good speed and hitting in his DSL debut season but is mostly a lottery ticket for his new team.
Luis Santana (#14) – Maybe I like Luis Santana too much. The 5’8” tall middle infielder had a great year for Kingsport where he managed a .917 OPS showing off some speed, some power and great eye. He had only progressed as far as Kinsport but I’m not sure what value J.D. Davis has and don’t like trading prospects for bench players when better bench players are available through free agency.
Ross Adolph (#43) – I probably ranked Adolph too low or at least should have swapped him with Jose Miguel Medina but this five-tool outfielder likely only factored as organizational depth anyway. Still don’t understand trading valued prospects for players who you don’t want in your starting lineup.
As a fan of the minor leagues, I have not liked the tenure of Brodie Van Wagenen so far.