Having dazzlingly recapped (dazzling at least in my own mind!) the monumental seasons of the 4 full season Mets Minor squads (Vegas, Binghamton, St Lucie, and Savannah), I hope I don’t lose my touch with recapping the 3 short season teams, starting with YOUR…BROOKLYN…CYCLONES (yeah!!!!)
Well, if not dazzling, I hope I at least held your attention ever so briefly and will attempt to do so again here!
Another annoying near-miss, frankly, as in the case of St Lucie, which was 14 games over .500 and did not get into Playoff Land. Brooklyn finished 8 games over and sported a .553 win %. That should get you in the playoffs…period. Fix it or fuggedabotit! Know what I’m sayin’?
Otherwise, the offense sputtered. Team-wise, the Cyclones offensively came in at the middle or slightly below middle of the teams in every key category but homers, where they sadly were 2nd to last with just 22 dingers (league leading team had 55). Partly the tough park conditions, I’m sure, but a continuing negative in the bottom 5 of the Mets’ 7 minor league squads (St Lucie down to GCL, except for Kingsport) is: substandard power. Hopefully, 2015’s draft changes course in that regard.
Brooklyn as a whole was first in several categories: ERA (2.74), shutouts (10), strikeouts (666 in 671 innings), and least hits allowed (566). And the ‘Clones were almost 1st in WHIP (close counts in horseshoes and WHIP, I’ve been told). League’s best pitching, hands down. Shades of the 2012 Brooklyn juggernaut staff.
Marcos (the Magnificent) Molina led the league in ERA, WHIP and Ks (7-3, 1.77, 10.8K/9, 0.84 WHIP). He may be the next pitching stud after Matz crashes the Queens scene.
I do not know about you, but man, I am looking FORWARD to seeing what the highlighted names above do in 2015. I am expecting VERY GOOD things from them.