Brooklyn has notoriously been considered to be the Wyoming of talent -- there's usually nothing there. Whether the prospects competing for Brooklyn are old for Penn leaguers or simply bland as far as talent goes, year after year the Cyclones sell out their oceanside ballpark with a rather disappointing team on the field.
Last week, the Mets made headlines after claiming they were going to eliminate their GCL team from the organization, basically getting rid of twenty-plus players from the organization in the process. This comes as a surprise considering just about every organization features a GCL or AZL team on their list of development locations. Also, when teams nix an affiliate, it's usually a short-season team in the Northwest, Pioneer, New York-Penn or Appy league team (depending on the affiliate) since they like having an affiliate at their Spring Training complex. On his famous Podcast last week, Baseball Prospectus' Kevin Goldstein suggested Brooklyn would become a popular destination for talent considering it's one of their only two remaining short-season teams.
He's right, and it's about time that Brooklyn features some impact prospects. Last year, the only players who had anything to offer down the line lasted at Brooklyn for only a few weeks. Cory Mazzoni, for one, came to the city after he signed following the draft but was en route to Port St. Lucie after just a few appearances. Richard Lucas, for instance, was just another relatively old Mets prospect spending time in Brooklyn, which seems to happen each and every year with the team.
Often, college kids who sign quickly get sent to short-season ball if they sign early, and now that the new CBA requires all draftees to sign by mid-July, we can expect a ton more talent embedded in short-season ball. That includes Brooklyn in the case of Mets prospects. Brooklyn has always been a successful team, but the scout assessments matter more than team wins, and the latter has been superior to the former over the past several years. Ike Davis, I suppose, was the last impact prospect to be featured in the Brooklyn lineup, but even he at the time was a disappointment in the Penn League. It'll be nice for New York residents and scouts of all teams not having only one talented NYPL team, as the Yankees have edged Brooklyn talent-wise for years.