Mets’ Best Farm Pitching Trumps Yankees’ Version
Phil Hughes, Joba Chamberlain and Ian Kennedy never panned out. Now, the best in the Yankee farm system is Manny Banuelos, who is out for the minor league year with Tommy John surgery and who knows if Dellin Betances will ever emerge like the Yanks said he would two years ago. The Mets on the other hand...They don't have the rings and pennants and division titles or the fan base like the Yankees do, but strictly speaking about the pitchers in the farm system, they have what the Yanks need. Matt Harvey is a stud and Zach Wheeler (acquired in the Carlos Beltran deal) is coming through the minor leagues now and appears to be the real deal thanks to his mid-90s fastball, plus curve and big league-ready changeup. The Met phenoms are what Banuelos from the left side and Betances from the right side were hyped to be two years ago and are supposed to be now.
The Yankees haven't developed a farm pitcher since Andy Pettitte. They sign and trade and trade and sign. But don't develop. Championships are won with farm system pitching in today's baseball age. Ask the Giants, not the Yankees.
By: Mike Lindsley, "Mid-Day with Mike," 1-4, Yankee pre/post-game host on 104.5 ESPN Radio. Follow him on Twitter @MikeLSports.