"I'm excited really because one team is a year or two ahead of schedule, as far as the Mets are concerned," Wilson said. "They have probably the most exciting young pitching in baseball. I can't remember four or five young, talented pitchers who are like those guys are. They have really ignited the excitement in New York."
Wilson's connections to the Mets run deep. His stepfather, Mookie Wilson, was an integral part of New York's last World Series-winning team in 1986.
Preston was then the Mets' first-round Draft pick in '92 and made his Major League debut with them in '98. He was traded to the Marlins that season as part of the deal that brought Mike Piazza to the Mets, and he was a member of the 2006 World Series champion Cardinals, who defeated New York in the National League Championship Series.
Kansas City coach Rusty Kuntz, who once was in the Marlins' organization, is considered one of the game's top baserunning instructors.
The Royals displayed the importance of baserunning in their close-out win over the Blue Jays in the American League Championship Series. In Game 6, Lorenzo Cain scored the decisive run, racing home from first on Eric Hosmer's single to right.
Joe Frisaro is a reporter for MLB.com. He writes a blog, called The Fish Pond. Follow him on Twitter @JoeFrisaro and listen to his podcast. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.