Today we wrap up our season review of the Mets minor leagues with their 2 teams from the Dominican Summer League, which is filled with players that you’ve never heard of and will probably never hear from again. But, just like the New York lotto “hey, you never know”.
Record – 34-36
Place in standings – 4th of 8 teams in DSL B.C. South, 12 games out of first place
DSL Mets 2
Record – 28-44
Place in standings – Last of 9 teams in DSL B.C. North, 19 games out of first
Overview – Neither DSL team faired all that well in 2011, but only the Mets, Yankees, and Cubs have 2 teams in the Dominican, so they have to divide the talent between the 2 teams. Still, a few guys stood out and there is some promising talent; and the international signees along with the draft form the basis of the organization’s improvement from the bottom up.
Top pitcher: Luis Mateo – Mateo started 13 games and finished with a 6-1 record and an ERA of 2. In 63 innings he allowed 49 base runners and struck out 80, which are phenomenal numbers. He spent the season as a 21 year old, which isn’t exactly young for the DSL, but those numbers are too good to ignore.
Top position player: Maikis De La Cruz – In playing for both DSL teams, De La Cruz hit .321 with a .389 OBP and a .400 slugging. He didn’t supply much power outside of 19 doubles, but stealing 33 bases helps him stand out.
Biggest surprise: Michael Bernal – Bernal played the season as a 19 year old and displayed power that isn’t always seen in the DSL. Bernal hit 11 homeruns, 5 triples, and 7 doubles, giving him a .507 slugging percentage to accompany a .274 average.
Biggest disappointment: Alfredo Reyes – Signing Reyes in the offseason was sort of a big deal, and the young shortstop only managed to hit .191 with 44 strikeouts in 52 games. He only stole 6 bases, which matched the times he was caught stealing. Despite the disappointing campaign, Reyes won’t turn 18 until October, and has a 6’2’’ frame to grow into.