The playoffs culminated in a game in which future Met starter lefty Steve Matz utterly dominated the Richmond opposition, throwing no hit ball through 7 1/3 and striking out 11 before surrendering his first hit. I am looking forward to Steve joining the Mets' rotation some time in 2015, after his 2nd straight terrific season after his prolonged recovery from TJS had stalled his early minor league career.
Steve had plenty of pitching help, with Greg Peavey (11-3) and Tyler Pill (9-5, with a team leading 120 Ks in 124 innings) having strong starting seasons. My one disappointment there was Pill not getting more ABs. He went 8 for 19 with no strikeouts in the few games he got to bat in. If he can crack the Mets' crowded rotation in the future aat some point, he can bring his Ruthian bat with him.
Greg Ynoa at 21 found AA more challenging that earlier dominating stints in lower leagues, but has gone 29-8 the past 2 seasons, including the playoffs. My guess is at 22 in May of next year, the Eastern League will be in for a formidable hombre in Greg for the first half of 2015. Rainy Lara did OK in 109 innings. Darin Gorski was excellent (4-2, 2.22) but had a season-ending injury in mid-July.
Cody Satterwhite and Jack Leathersich combined with other relievers to make this the bullpen no one wanted to face. Cody, who had career injury issues that resulted in him being at the advanced age of 27 in this season as Bingo's closer, did fine indeed (15 saves, 2.33, 9.5 K/9). Electric Jack K'd 79 in 46 innings before his promo to Vegas late in the season. He showed mercy on the rest of the hitters. Hansel Robles was shaky as a starter but excelled in 20 innings in late season relief (1.80, 24 Ks).
Bingo led its league in homers, largely due to guys like Lawley and Taijeron, but also due to older vets like 33 year old journeyman slugger Brian Burgamy (32 doubles, 23 homers) and 27 year old Matt Clark, who hit 10 homers in 67 Bingo games, then went to the Brewers organization and hit 19 more, including 3 with the Brewers since a call up.
They were aided and abetted by the "ERA's", Dilson Herrera and TJ Rivera, who after promotion to AA, both shrugged, said No Biggie, and tore up AA to the tune of a combined .348 in 442 total at bats. Dilson got a "Do not stop in Vegas, come straight to NY" card in September and gave us some glimpses of a possible future star 2B in Flushing.
1B Jayce Boyd tore up Savannah and St Lucie to the tune of .330 in 2013 but needed off-season thoracic surgery. He struggled early in 2014, and his games were limited due to the presence of matt Clark on the team, but a hitting surge of .354 with 18 extra base hits over his last 52 games after June vaulted Jayce to a final average of .293, and had the playoff’s winning hit to boot. It will be interesting to see how his relatively high on base, low strikeout, lower-than-desired power for a 1B gets him to the pros.
Wilfredo Tovar missed several weeks with injury, but finished up at .282/.345/.345 in 78 games. Xorge Carillo, Darrell Ceciliani, and Kyle Johnson also had solid offensive seasons.
Overall, the B Mets finished at 83 – 59 in the regular season and then won 2 playoff series. KUDOS, GENTLEMEN!