Bill Pulsipher pitches for the Somerset Patriots in the independent Atlantic League in 2010 (Photo credit: Paul Hadsall)

Fans of a certain age will remember “Generation K” – the highly-touted trio of pitching prospects that was supposed to lead the mid-90s Mets into a new golden age. For various reasons, Bill Pulsipher, Jason Isringhausen and Paul Wilson never lived up to those lofty expectations (though Isringhausen did become an all-star closer after leaving the Mets.)

At Mets Today, Joe Janish answers to question of whether it’s fair to expect the current generation of Mets pitching prospects – Zack Wheeler, Matt Harvey, Jeurys Familia and Jenrry Mejia – to have a bigger impact when they arrive in the major leagues.

Janish points out:

at the time Paul Wilson,Jason Isringhausen, and Bill Pulsipher appeared on that SI cover in 1996, all three were much, much further along in their development than Wheeler, Harvey, et al. Pulsipher and Isringhausen, in fact, had already experienced half a season in MLB, and Wilson reached — and pitched effectively through 10 games — AAA.

He concludes:

as recently as 2006 / 2007, many, many people believed that when Citi Field opened, the Mets starting outfield would consist of Fernando MartinezLastings Milledge, and Carlos Gomez. And those were outfielders, who are less susceptible to having their futures curtailed by arm injuries

I’d guess that one out of the four young pitchers becomes a borderline star, one has a decent but unspectacular career and the other two get cups of coffee with one or more teams before winding up in independent baseball. I just couldn’t tell you which is which. :-)

In any event, I agree with Janish that fans shouldn’t pin all their hopes on these four pitchers just yet.

What are your thoughts?

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I'm the former editor of a weekly community newspaper in New Jersey. I've been a New York Mets fan for most of my life and I've been blogging about them, minor league baseball, baseball cards and autograph collecting since 2007. Contact me at paul@randombaseballstuff.com

One response

  1. Freddy says:

    I think it’s never a good idea to hype up any athlete in any sport. For ever Peyton Manning- there are many more Ryan Leafs and Freddie Mitchells.

    Bobby Murcer was hyped as the next Mickey Mantle. He had a good career and was an awesome person- only way he got into Cooperstown was if he bought a ticket. He passed away WAY too soon.

    Every athlete in every sport develops at their own pace.

    I feel the Mets should try to get as young as they can- if they can move some of their big contracts to a contender at the trade deadline. They need to acquire guys that are under their control for several years.

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