44% Ain't bad
The Mets have not been successful in recent years, and many attribute it to the lack of success of their farm. So far (granted the tiny sample size) the Mets have had success as a team, opening the season 6-3 and the Mets homegrown players have lead the way.Besides Jason Bay the starting lineup is all homegrown players. The rotation is three-fifths homegrown and the only player in the bullpen right now from the farm system is Bobby Parnell. Of the current 25-man roster, 44% were developed in the Mets farm system.With the Mets strong start has come impressive performances from many of the homegrown players on the roster. While the lineup hasn’t produced consistently yet, many individual players have had strong starts. Three hitters have on-base percentages higher than .400, those being David Wright (.615), Josh Thole (.500), Daniel Murphy (.400) and Ruben Tejada who is hovering around that number. Captain Kirk has come in playing good defense in center field and has hit a little. The two homegrown players Lucas Duda and Ike Davis who are struggling are arguably the most powerful in the lineu. Lucas Duda hasn’t hit consistently, but when he has made contact it has gone a far way with a double and three homeruns out of only seven hits. Ike Davis has struggled mightily but I will give him the benefit of the doubt because of his talent and track record.The homegrown pitchers haven’t had as much success as their hitting counterparts. Jon Niese however, has been very good through two starts. He has nearly a strikeout an inning, a WHIP under one and a ERA just over two. Bobby Parnell through five innings has a six to one strikeout to walk ratio while only giving up one run. Both Mike Pelfrey and Dillon Gee have high strikeout rates that have been accompanied by a lot of hits and runs so far in this young season.It is way to early to over analyze player performance. However the very early success of many homegrown players does a lot for the team and the fans. The much maligned farm system is showing the ability to produce average if not above-average major league regulars. The increased production helps the perception of the Mets minor league talent around the league. Fans are much more attached and love to see homegrown players succeed. Some fans find it hard to root for players in the free agency era because of the propensity of player movement. Whenever a team has a strong core of young talent come up from the farm system it brings a new level of energy to the team and fan base.