Being that it’s the first of June it seems like an opportune time to update on the wins and losses of all the minor league affiliates. It’s not the most important part of the farm system, but winning is always nice and it doesn’t hurt to call up prospects to the big leagues that have grown accustomed to winning while working their way up. The Mets have actually been one of the best teams when it comes to the wins and losses of their minor league clubs. So let’s take a look:
Buffalo – The Bisons hold a 31-25 record and are in 2nd place in the International League North Division, 2.5 games behind first place Pawtucket. If the playoffs started today, Buffalo would make the playoffs as the wild card. After being in the International League basement for almost their entire time as a Mets affiliate, the Bisons are having a banner season. The presence of Wally Backman as manager for Buffalo is directly related to their success. The Bisons have assumed the personality of their manager and as a result are playing hard and winning games. The rotation for the most part has been steady while the bullpen has been real good. In the field it’s been mostly minor league veterans, AAAA players, and former minor leaguers doing the work, save for Josh Satin, Zach Lutz (whenever he’s healthy), and occasional appearances by Jordany Valdespin in between major league stints. The likes of Corey Wimberly, Matt Tuiasosopo, Fred Lewis, and of course Val Pascucci have the Bisons in position to be in the mix for a playoff spot all season, which is a welcome change for the Buffalo franchise.
Binghamton – The B-Mets are 25-26, in 4th place in the Eastern League Eastern Division, 5.5 games out of first place. Currently they are 4 games behind both Reading and Trenton for a playoff spot. The record may seem mediocre but it’s much better than where the B-Mets were a year ago, which was getting beaten to a pulp at the bottom of the standings. Top prospects Matt Den Dekker and Jefry Marte have led the way offensively, although there isn’t a whole lot beside them, especially with the injury to Allan Dykstra and the ineffectiveness of Reese Havens after returning from injury. On the pitching front Zack Wheeler and Collin McHugh have both been phenomenal. Darin Gorski was good early but more mediocre of late while Greg Peavey and Mark Cohoon have been a little up and down, while the bullpen has been nothing special. For now the B-Mets may seem like nothing special, but with reinforcements from St. Lucie arriving soon, they may have a shot to be a little better in the second half of the year and make a run at the playoffs.
St. Lucie – The Mets hold the best record in all of minor league baseball at 41-12, with an astounding 15 game lead in the Florida State League South Division. With two weeks left until the first-half division winner is crowned, the Lucies magic number to clinch their division and secure a playoff spot for September is 2. In short, they have been spectacular all season and its been a forgone conclusion for quite some time that they will win the division. It sounds cliche, but they’ve done it with pitching. There’s really no top-tier pitching prospect on the St. Lucie roster, but everyone has been good and everyone has been consistent, which has given them a chance to win every single night. Offensively, it has helped to have two guys that are tied for the most home runs in the FSL. Cory Vaughn has struggled as of late, but he carried the offense in April, while Wilmer Flores really caught fire in May. Both have 10 home runs and are huge reasons why St. Lucie has been the best team in all of minor league baseball.
Savannah – The Gnats have a nice 31-22 record, but are still just in 3rd place in the South Atlantic League South Division and are 5.5 games out of first place, with two weeks left to play. The Savannah pitchers have been nothing short of spectacular with Domingo Tapia, Rafael Montero, and Tyler Pill all having strong seasons. Newcomer Jacob DeGrom and youngster Michael Fulmer have also been good. However, to say that the Gnats have been mediocre offensively would be a gross overstatement. They routinely put out lineups with 3 or 4 players hitting below the Mendoza line. T.J. Rivera carried the offense early, Aderlin Rodriguez has provided some power, and Travis Taijeron has separated himself as Savannah’s best hitter, but it hasn’t been enough to give the Gnats the win total their pitching has deserved. While it doesn’t look good for the Gnats winning the first half title, they should still have great pitching in the second half, so if they can improve offensively the Gnats will have a chance to get back to the playoffs.