The New York Mets issued a Press Release
announcing the 2012 Sterling Award Winners. The Player & Pitcher of the year are as follows:
STERLING ORGANIZATIONAL PLAYER OF THE YEAR: WILMER FLORES (INF)Height: 6-3 Weight: 190 Bats: Right Throws: Right Born: 8/06/91 Resides: Valencia, VZ Obtained: Non-drafted free agent (8/07) Signing Scout: Sandy Johnson, Ismael Cruz and Robert AlfonzoFlores combined to hit .300 (148-493) with 68 runs scored, 30 doubles, two triples, 18 home runs and 75 RBI in 130 games between St. Lucie and Binghamton. He finished the year with a .349 on-base percentage and a .479 slugging percentage. Flores, 21, was named a Florida State League Mid-Season All-Star and selected to the 2012 All-Star Futures Game, the second Futures game he has attended representing the Mets (the first was in 2009).STERLING ORGANIZATIONAL PITCHER OF THE YEAR: RAFAEL MONTERO (RHP)Height: 6-0 Weight: 170 Bats: Right Throws: Right Born: 10/17/90 Resides: Santo Domingo, DR Obtained: Non-drafted free agent (1/11) Signing Scouts: Rafael Perez, Ismael Cruz and Gerardo CabreraMontero combined to win 11 games and lose five during stints with St. Lucie and Savannah this season, amassing 110 strikeouts in 122 innings pitched. Rafael pitched at least six innings in 14 of his 20 starts in 2012. Rafael walked a total of 19 batters, or four percent of the batters he faced. He was named the Florida State League Player of the Week on August 13, after he took a no-hitter into the 8th inning while striking out five and walking three against the Palm Beach Cardinals. Between both levels, Rafael finished the season with a 2.36 ERA and a 0.94 WHIP. He was fourth in the organization in ERA and third in wins.
The rest of the Sterling Award winners were: