Hitter strikeouts and homers, with a little malaise thrown in:
Wilson's teammate Vicente Lupo was spectacular in the DSL in 2012, but in the GCL in 2013 alongside Ivan, he had a very similar poor, high K year. He started 2014 the same way, striking out a lot, and played sporadically. Then came a spectacular August, and he ended up with 7 homers, and .278/.415/.504, and was chosen Sterling Award winner for the K Mets for 2014. Awesome, but I thought the next guy would win it all along until racehorse Lupo passed him down the stretch.
Who he? The other Wilmer (well, almost, add a U), Wuilmer Becerra:
Will he and Lupo go straight to full season Savannah in 2014? Hope so - more games, quicker development.
So the above 4 guys homered a combined for 29 homers in a league where only 2 only other teams did not have that many. I love the long ball, so let's see how this fearsome foursome performs in 2015.
So, offensively, the K Mets led in homers (47 in 68 games) and runs (345, or 5.1 per game, to join Vegas and Binghamton as teams scoring over 5 per, which is incredibly impressive), and was 2nd in doubles and 3rd in hitting at .258. No problems there. Kudos to the boys with the bats.
Pitching-wise, it was a mensa-mensa year at best, despite some great individual performances. The staff collectively was 9th out of 10 in the league in ERA with 4.05, last in Ks, and in a virtual tie for last in WHIP. They were also (due to porous overall defense) second worst in unearned runs with 82, so total runs per game allowed were also 5.1, tying the offense. It is why, despite the strong offensive stats, they finished at .500 (34-34) and missed the playoffs. Pitching and D have room to improve.
There were a few very nice pitching performances. Persio Reyes was 2-0, 1.34, 31K in 33.2 innings, and 0.89 WHIP. Jimmy Duff (3-1, 1.83) was strong in relief too, as was David Roseboom (1.59, 30 Ks in 22 2/3). Matt Blackham was 2-0, 1.42. Several other pen dudes not far behind, too. It was mostly a real strong pen and one of the team’s strong points.
High 2013 draftee Andrew Church struggled but had a handful of positive starts late. 2015 will be the year for him to move forward.
Overall, a nice if not spectacular season for the K Mets, but good enough to make it a Happy Recap!
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NEXT UP: the Gulf Coast League Metsies.