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There is great young talent in the New York Mets organization that is waiting to be displayed for all of the league to see, but general consensus is that the MLB will have to wait.
Matt Harvey will start the season with the club, but it remains to be seen whether Zack Wheeler or the newly acquired Travis D'Arnaud will see action before summer arrives.
According to ESPN's Adam Rubin, the Mets would control Wheeler for an extra year before he hits free agency if he is left in the minor leagues for the first three weeks of the season. Keeping a player in the minors for future contractual purposes makes sense, but the Mets would be wise to bring Wheeler to the bigs shortly thereafter.
Wheeler will be 23 on May 30 — the same age Matt Harvey was when he made his debut. The time has come to integrate another young arm into the rotation.
In D'Arnaud's case, the Mets may have to look to the 23-year-old catcher out of sheer necessity. By the time next season rolls around, D'Arnaud will be 24 years old, and the Mets still won't have a viable backstop option.
We've seen the Mets leave prospects in the farm system in the past. More often than not, this technique has resulted in a colossal disappointment.
There are many reasons to follow a different course of action this time. Instead of waiting until the end of the season to bring up the youthful talent like Sandy Alderson and the rest of the front office did with Matt Harvey, it would make sense to have Wheeler and D'Arnaud join the roster sooner rather than later.