Top 5 Mets Home Grown Players?
So this is a little series that I am thinking about doing here, on Bleacher Report. It highlights the top 5 greatest homegrown talent to come out of a team's farm system and actually play for them in the big leagues.
I am hoping that the series can be a success, so seeing how many views this first slide show gets will depend on if I should make more. I am hoping to get at least 30 views.
5. Darryl Strawberry
He had the most HR in the history of Shea Stadium, the greatest Met home grown OF of all time. He hit over 20 HR every year he was a Met, and three times he drove in over 100 runs. Unfortunately, drugs slowed the career of this slugger down after he left the Mets. He wasn't able to have a Hall Of Fame career that everyone though he would have.
4. Jose Reyes
One of the better SS in the game today, Jose Reyes is the best Met SS of all time. Reyes has many tools in the box but hasn't put them all into one year. In 06 he had 19 HR, 78 Steals in 07, 200+ Hits in 08, He needs to put all those tools to good use in one year and he then will become one of the elite players in the game.
3. Dwight Gooden
There was no better pitcher in the 80's then Dwight Gooden. He dominated with an explosive fastball and an overwhelming curve. He had 10 straight years of an ERA under 4.00 to start his career. His 1985 season has to be in consideration for one of the top 10 pitching seasons of all time. Unfortunately, drugs and addiction hampered his career. He was never able to be the Doc of old after his last season with the Mets.
2. David Wright
Four time All Star
The greatest Met third baseman of all time. I am a Phillies fan, but I have to give Mr. Wright some credit. He really is a good all around baseball player, but whatever happened to his power numbers? Wright is only 26. If he keeps up his style of play he should end his career with around 3,000 Hits. No doubt with all the Mets injuries this year Wright has cemented himself as the teams true captain.
1. Tom Seaver
Arguably the greatest pitcher in the history of the National League. Seaver was freakishly consistent during his years with the Mets, with 7 straight years of an ERA under 3.00 to start his Major League career. He was a big strikeout pitcher early on his career, but in his later years he became more crafty and it was more fun watching him pitch then.