New York Mets Minor League Baseball Commentary and Analysis
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The B-Mets had some good pitching and some not so good pitching. Here’s a look at the better hurlers in 2011.
Collin McHugh – McHugh was the best starter on the team with 100 strikeouts and 32 walks in 93 1/3 innings. That equated to a 2.89 ERA and an 8-2 record. The downer was, he followed this up with a rough stint in the Arizona Fall League where he had a 6.91 ERA in 27 1/3 innings.
Jeurys Familia – Familia made 17 starts for the B-Mets and he struck out 96 in 87 2/3 innings. He finished with a 3.49 ERA and a 4-4 record. Flyballs could be a problem and he finished with ten home runs against.
Jack Egbert – You know you’re stretching when you go into middle relief but Egbert finished with a 1.88 ERA in 24 innings (over seven relief appearances). He’s 28 so he’s well past being a prospect but he sported a decent enough 17/6 strikeout to walk ratio.
John Sickels recently released his top twenty Mets prospects list. It doesn’t look like there’s much top talent in the system but there’s a little depth with plenty of guys getting B rankings. Topping the list is Matt Harvey. Given a B+, Sickels projects Harvey as a potential number two starter. Right there with him is number two Zack Wheeler. Like Harvey, Wheeler projects to be a good but not front line starter.
Round out the top five are Jeurys Familia (RHP), Brandon Nimmo (OF) and Cesar Puello (OF). Sickels had some nice things to say about Nimmo.
The B-Mets had their share of troubles this year (as did their parent club) and while they finished near the bottom of the standings, they did have their share of hitting stars. Here were a few.
Josh Satin – The second baseman led the team in OPS, at least out of the regular players, and he did with a solid combination of doubles power (35) and 57 walks. His .962 OPS led the team and his 110 hits were second. He’s no longer prospect age (he’ll turn 27 later this month) but this guy raked at the Double-A level and it earned him a call up to the Mets.
Allan Dykstra – Dykstra led the team in walks (69) and he was second with 19 home runs to finish with an .864 OPS. He’ll turn 25 in May so he’s reaching the end of his prospectdom but it’ll be interesting to see what this second generation player can do when he gets to Triple A.
Brahiam Maldanado – The leftfielder led the team in at bats (477), home runs (28) and was second to Dykstra with 74 RBIs. He also led the team in runs with 64. The problem is, he hit only .222 and that was a 25 year old. This guy can mash, but that’s about it and he struck out 146 times last year.
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