Yesterday the Mets announced their Sterling Award winners, top farm players both in the organization and for each minor league team. Pitching seems to be ruling the organization.
Minor League POY – Josh Satin, INF (6th round pick, 2008 draft) – Satin played mostly second base this year, but also tried his hand at third for a bit while hitting a combined .325/.423/.538, with 11 home runs, 60 RBI and 2 SB. He should be in the mix for the second base job next season, because while the Mets have a crowded field of potential keystoners, there is no single one that stands out. He is up in the bigs right now, but understandably struggling a bit in his first taste of the Show.
Minor League Pitcher of the Year – Darin Gorski, RHP (7trh round pick, 2009 draft) – The pride of Kutztown University (school motto: We’ll Kutz You”), Gorski was sort of the forgotten man in the St Lucie rotation. First he was overshadowed by Matt Harvey, and then eclipsed by the arrival of Zach Wheeler. He led the Florida State league with a 2.08 ERA while logging a 10-3 record and issuing only 29 walks against 140 strikeouts in 139 innings. Very quietly, he is making himself known in the stable of young pitching the Mets are amassing.
AAA Buffalo – Chris Schwinden, RHP (22nd round pick, ’08 Draft) – Schwinden went 8-8 with a 3.95 ERA. In almost 146 innings pitched he struck out 134. He’s had one rocky start as a September callup for the Mets, but we’ll probably know more later today…
AA Binghamton – Jeurys Familia, RHP (Signed out of the Dominican Republic in 2007) – Familia was one of the most discussed pitchers in the farm system this year. Last year, his command deserted him at times but his velocity has for the most part stayed consistent (high 90’s touching triple digits), and he represented the Mets in the Futures Game. This year all eyes were on him at St Lucie, and after he breezed through there the feeling was that he got his prospect mojo back. A promotion to AA had mixed results, but overall he handled the transition well to the tune of a 4-4 record, 3.49 ERA but here is the kicker, 96 K’s in 88 innings. The jury is still out on what he will become, some point to the inability to go deep into game and his explosive velocity as a ticket to the back of the bullpen. Regardless, he is back in the top ten prospects now.
High A St. Lucie – Matt Harvey, RHP (1st round pick, 2010 draft) – A New London, CT native, Harvey was one of the most watch pitchers coming into this season, as the Mets wanted to see what they had with the 7th overall pick in last year’s draft. He did not disappoint. From the word ‘go’, the only question seemed to be when exactly the weather would be warm enough in Binghamton to send Harvey up. In 76 innings at St. Lucie, Harvey registered a staggering 92 strikeouts and logged at 2.37 ERA. After Jenry Mejia’s Tommy John surgery, it appeared that Harvey would be the Mets top prospect, but the arrival of Zach Wheeler clouds that picture. In any event, he represented the Mets at the Futures Game, and looks to make his bug league debut next year, potentially forming a lethal one-two punch with Wheeler in the years to come.
Low A Savannah – Angel Cuan, LHP (signed out of Panama in 2007) – Cuan anchored the Sand Gnats rotation that powered Savannah to the South Atlantic League finals (still ongoing). Cuan went 10-3 with a 3.56 ERA with a staggering 16 walks against 99 strikeouts in 124 innings pitched. However, he did give up 125 hits in that span and at 222, is a little old for Low A.
Short Season A Brooklyn – Danny Muno, SS (1st round pick, 2011 draft) – Muno was drafted as a senior out of Fresno State and immediately made an impact in pro ball, leading the New York-Penn League in both batting (.355) and OBP (.466) as well as playing a solid shortstop. As with Cuan, he was old for his league and needs to start moving to be considered a serious prospect.
Rookie A Kingsport – Camden Maron, C (34th round pick, 2009 draft) – the Hicksville native hit .318/.434/.418 with 3 HR’s 24 RBI and 4 SB. This was in essence his professional debut as he was in instructional ball ever since he signed. He had a cameo at Savannah, and will probably start next season there is all goes well. He was a little old for Rookie Ball.