I was not high on this Columbia Fireflies team this spring.
Lots of hitters moving up from Brooklyn where, last year, hitters below the Mendoza Lines were an all-too-common occurrence.
This year, though, in 4 games through Sunday, the Flies are a juggernaut indeed. The Flies dismantled their opponents in those games, hitting .313, drawing 32 walks, stealing 12 bases, and scoring 36 runs.
With Tim Tebow quarterbacking the team, the only piece of the opponent carcass left was a wishbone.
Tebow sat one game, but homered in 2 of his three 3 games. The first HR was opposite field; second was over 400 feet.
Mack, though, knows two flukes when he sees them :)
But Timmy T is very far from being the only Fireflies story.
Two extremely legit pitching prospects (Jordan Humphreys and Merandy Gonzalez) were spectacular in their 6 inning shutout debuts.
Gene Cone starts out 3 for 14, but walks 6 times. ON BASE. He might be the best Mets Cone since David.
Speedy Jacob Zanon has a 4 Star start to his season with 4 hits, 4 walks, and 4 steals in 3 games. Signing him was a steal, I think.
Dash Winningham has a career year in his first 4 Flies games, hitting .412/.474/.647 with 9 RBIs. (Somewhere, Travis d'Arnaud is thinking: "NINE RBI'S IN 4 GAMES?? HOW IS THAT POSSIBLE??")
Other guys flew out of the hitting gate, too.
Only Milton Ramos (1 for 12) has struggled at the plate. Another few games like that and he'll be 20th on the Mets' minors infield depth chart.
And the bullpen has been strong, with Jungle Joe Zanghi striking out the side ( he does that a lot, I'm noticing...)
Starter Harol Gonzalez was strong for 3 innings before a bad 4th, but my guess is it was a one game aberration.
These Flies are flying high. My guess is they will continue to do so. They're showing very quickly they are very good.
LATE NOTE: The Flies move to 5-0 Monday night with a 3-0 win, as Colin Holderman tossed a major gem with 1 hit and no walks, with 11 Ks, in his 6 innings of work. Impressive!
On the major league front, it is great to have guys like Thor and Jake as stabilizer bars. They are both incredibly good. but you already know that, I suspect. The Bruce Juice is also on the loose.