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Turns out discontinuing your GCL team isn't such a hot idea

I pretty much suspected this would happen, but it's still interesting to see the Mets' front office reverse themselves so quickly. After deciding less than a year ago not to field a GCL Mets team in 2012, New York has decided to return to having a domestic complex league club.

Alderson and DePodesta no doubt noticed how badly the org's teenage rookie-ball prospects struggled this year. The 2012 Kingsport Mets were by far the youngest team in the Appalachian league, and they had had the worst OPS and ERA in the league (although somehow they still finished 3.5 games ahead of the woeful Bristol White Sox).

I'm curious about what people think of this. Was it a big developmental mistake to send all those raw high-school kids to a higher level than they could really handle? Or does it not really matter, as long as they were getting game reps?

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