Mid-Season Minors Review Part One: Savannah Sand Gnats

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We are just a little more than halfway through the year for the Mets’ full-season minor league affilliates, so now would be a good time to take a look at how the season has gone so far for each team. First, we look at the Savannah Sand Gnats.

The Sand Gnats of the South Atlantic League are the lowest-level full-season team in the Mets organization. However, that doesn’t mean they don’t have some prospects to look out for.

The Sand Gnats had a great first half, going 41-26 and just missed the first half title by a few games. Led by a few 2011 draft picks, the Sand Gnats have had a stellar season thus far in 2012.

Top performers (Stats are as of 6/30) :

The positives:

  • Michael Fulmer has been really impressive. Fulmer, just 19 years old, was drafted 44th overall in last year’s draft by the Mets and has been nothing but impressive. Fulmer could be playing short-season ball, but instead is pitching extremely well in long-season Savannah.
  • Travis Taijeron has been arguably the biggest surprise on the Sand Gnats roster so far this season. Taijeron is proving himself to be a legitimate prospect, playing all-around great baseball. He earned himself a promotion to St. Lucie earlier this month.
  • Aderlin Rodriguez has also been impressive at the plate in 2012. Rodriguez, in 72 games, has hit 12 home runs and driven in 48, all while hitting .264. He is having a great bounce back year from his 2011 campaign in which he batted just .221 with Savannah.

The negatives:

  • After having a great 2011 season with Kingsport, 2011 42nd rounder Gregory Pron is having a rough go in Savannah this year. After hitting .318 last year, Pron is batting just .220 with no home runs and just 18 runs batted in.
  • 2010 22nd rounder Jared West is also having a tough time in Savannah. He has a 5.50 ERA in 34.1 innings.
About Connor O'Brien
I'm a 17 year-old blogger, high school student, and lifelong Mets fan. I've been blogging about the Mets in some form or another for about four years. I embrace the new age, sabermetric way of thinking, but also recognize the importance of scouting and player devlopment.

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