Thanks to two frugal moves that were meticulously orchestrated by general manager Sandy Alderson, the New York Mets have a formidable farm system again. Now the organization will play the waiting game.
The two aforementioned moves, of course, are the acquisitions of Zach Wheeler from the San Francisco Giants for Carlos Beltran and the blockbuster deal that brought in Travis d'Arnaud and Noah Sydnergaard from the Toronto Blue Jays for R.A. Dickey.
Mets fans are all too familiar with the dreadful feeling of the organization putting together a crop of elite prospects only to see them fall through the cracks of the system (see: Generation K). Yet in a prime example of failing to learn from past mistakes, Mets fans, beat writers and other baseball pundits are hyping up this new era of prospects just as they did with Jason Isringhausen, Bill Puslipher and Paul Wilson in 1995.
Overhyping inexperienced players before they have established themselves can contribute to the downfall of a promising prospect, and it isn't just the names Wheeler, d'Arnaud and Syndergaard that have been on the tip of people's tongues.
Here you can find a look into the Mets farm system as the following list is made up of the most overhyped prospects in the organization heading into Spring Training.