Royals and Mets: How the World Series Participants Were Built

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MLB.com and MLBPipeline put out a couple of videos at the beginning of the month showing how each playoff team was built.

These are now particularly informative. A lot focus in the MLB has been on youth and the teams that have built themselves into playoff contenders through their farm systems. The Astros and Cubs come to mind when you mention a team built from what they’ve developed in the minor leagues. The Royals and Mets took that idea a step further.

The Royals and the Mets have strong rookies and second year players and both have a good base of homegrown players. When watching these videos don’t miss the fact that both had a big trade deadline deal. The Royals picked up Cueto and the Mets completely changed the feel of their team with their acquisition. The first half the season the big question for the Mets was whether or not their great pitching would make up for their lackluster offense. Yoenis Céspedes changed the way baseball fans across the country saw the Mets.

The videos also touch how the Royals and Mets mixed it up with international players. The moral of this story is it’s hip today to talk about homegrown and farm systems, especially with what went on this year with rookie call ups. But to be elite you need to know how to build a team from every direction farm,international and making the right trades at the right time.

The videos are only about 3 minutes each and they cover a lot of informative material.