While the Reds are clearly rebuilding and the Mets are hopefully just reloading, the two teams are at a similar point in their season in which they have jettisoned most, if not all, of their tradable veteran assets. They have turned to the “let the young guys play” portion of the season, otherwise known as the “throw everything at the wall and see what sticks” time of year for clubs out of contention. Outside of cups of coffee for super-prospects like Amed Rosario and Dom Smith, these games can be a drag for fans hoping to see meaningful baseball. As it turns out, a matchup of two non-contending teams is also a drag for Mets Connections content. The kind of players that have woven a baseball web across multiple organizations are the same kind that the Mets have worked tirelessly to purge from their roster over the last month and the kind the Reds have seemingly refused to consider adding to their roster the last few years. What we are left with is a largely uninteresting cluster of draft connections, because many of the current Mets and Reds are still in their original organization. So without further ado, here is the unfortunately underwhelming penultimate edition of Mets Connections.
2009 2nd round: Billy Hamilton (57, Reds) and Steven Matz (72, Mets)
2010 24th round: Tim Adelman (718, Orioles) and Erik Goeddel (722, Mets)
2011 1st round: Brandon Nimmo (13, Mets) and Robert Stephenson (27, Reds)
2013 1st round: Dom Smith (11, Mets) and Michael Lorenzen (38, Reds)
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