Before I get started on today's main topic, two lads are reveling in a month named August:
Michael Conforto is 20 for 35 since his re-demotion (.571/.605/.943) - wow.
Phil Evans raised his AA average to .339 by going 32 for 67 this month (.478)
Now to the article:
2014 and 2015 were big years for Mets' minors in terms of wins and losses - I believe in both years, the Mets had the best collective win - loss record of any organization (excluding the DSL).
The Mets unloaded a ton of pitchers and that certainly would have impacted performance this year. But the 7 teams (AAA thru GCL) are 42 games below .500, pretty poor. And most of that is due to a lack of hitting, the Met organization's trademark since 1962.
Vegas is always a different animal due to its extreme hitter-friendliness. The team is 2nd in average (.288), first in runs (734) and second in HRs (127), but is still just 60-69 due to a team ERA of 5.55 and many unearned runs.
Getting away from hitting frenzied Vegas, a familiar pattern sets in for the teams below AAA - low scoring, and a dearth of homers due to the Mets being an organization that historically puts very little value on the long ball, although its fans love long balls. It instead drafts contact hitters who don't make enough contact.
220 homers in 538 contests below AAA - you draw your own conclusions.
Binghamton has sputtered to a 58-68 mark, despite the solid hitting (thanks to Evans, Smith, Rosario and Oberste) is 3rd best at .262. However, the team has only 62 homers and 521 runs, compared to power-laden Reading (Phils), which has 165 homers and 200 more runs. 103 homers less than the league leading Phils. Not good.
St Lucie has the Mets' best minors record at 65-57, also hitting .262, but has popped a mere 43 homers compared to the 116 by the league leading team. A nifty 3.37 ERA has this team"s head above water.
Columbia is 58-68 due to its poor offense - .238 (13th of 14) and 66 HRs (league leader at 99) and 535 runs scored. A 3.61 ERA (largely courtesy of PJ Conlon) is decent.
Brooklyn hit crappy last year, and is keeping pace in the crap department this year, at just .216 (13th out of 14), only 239 runs, and a mere 23 homers, 5 of which were contributed by Pete Alonso before his season-ending broken finger. They are at 31-30 mostly due to solid pitching (3,41 team ERA).
Kingsport's Mets are not playing like kings. Hitting a decent .252, but a mere 19 homers (league-leading team has 55). They are 19-37 due to a team 4.71 ERA and a ghastly 78 unearned runs, leading them to have allowed the most runs in the league.
The GCL boys have collaborated on compiling 7 team home runs in 47 games, another pathetic mark, even for a league where the leading team has only 28. They are also hitting a mere .238 and their 175 runs ranks them 15th of 17 teams. They are 21-26 largely due to a team ERA of 3.61.
Sounding a recurrent Brennan theme of late, Mets ownership, please draft power hitters. Other teams do, and they don't have to go outside to sign or trade for a bushel of power guys like Cespedes, Bruce, Walker, Cabrera and Grandy to get their power fix at the big league level.