The Lucies also (like their bigger brothers in Vegas and Bingo) had a fine season playing .550 ball. They, however, missed the playoffs for a few reasons.
Second, Brandon Nimmo, Dilson Herrera, and TJ Rivera were having terrific offensive seasons (carrying the offense and hitting .325 in 190 combined games) when they got mid-season promotions to AA. Hard to keep up the winning momentum when you lose those 3 bats, and when 26 year old Jairo Perez, who hit a robust .353/.383/.550 in 65 games, missed several weeks in July and August due to injury. After the trio was promoted and Jairo’s injury, runs were understandably harder to come by.
Also, Aderlin Rodriguez never seemed to blossom as a power hitter and I'd be surprised if he were to progress further in the Mets’ Kingdom.
Hitting-wise, St Lucie ranked first at .272 due to great efforts from Dilson, Nimmo, Rivera, Perez and Mazzilli; were a distant 2nd in runs with 643; and in true Mets fashion were 8th out of 12 in HRs with just 70 in 138 games.
Pitching-wise, the Lucies were often disappointing. Rising star lefty Steve Matz was 4-4, 2.21 before (you guessed it) his promotion to Binghamton. While Matt Koch went 10-4, he had a 4.64 ERA and only 63 Ks in 120 innings. Greg Ynoa was a fine 8-2, 3.95 before his promo to AA. Michael Fulmer (6-10, 3.97) was mostly MEH, and just got elbow chips removed. Also disappointing again in 2014 to me was hard-throwing, low strikeout Domingo Tapia (6-8, 3.96, 56 Ks in 109 innings).
Out in the pen were the 26 year old Beck Wheeler, who Ks a lot of guys but has a few too many bad outing for me to seriously consider him a prospect, and Paul Sewald, who had pitched extremely well in relief over the past few years and was 4-1, 1.73 in 40 Lucie games.
Overall, the pitching stacked up weakly versus that of the other 11 Florida State League teams as follows: 9th in ERA (4.12); 4th in Ks (989); and 10th in WHIP (1.39). Weak - no way to sugar-coat it.