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. We reviewed the Sang Gnats’ first half, so now it’s time to look at the St. Lucie Mets.
The St. Lucie Mets have been the Florida State League’s best team so far in 2012. Their 49-19 record in the first half was by far the best in the league as they won the South division by 14 games.
The Mets’ first half roster was extraordinarily deep. They experienced a huge roster turnover recently, one that could stop them from winning the FSL title, but their first half was remarkable. There wasn’t much to complain about with this team.
Top performers (Stats are as of 6/30):
- Wilmer Flores- 64 G, .289/.336/.463, 10 HR, 42 RBI, 18 BB
- Wilfredo Tovar- 65 G, .284/.377/.385, 12 SB, 1 HR, 25 RBI
- Cory Mazzoni- 12 starts, 5-1, 3.25 ERA, 48 SO, 1.26 WHIP
- Hamilton Bennett- 25 relief appearances, 7-1, 3.28 ERA, 33 SO, 35.2 IP
- Wilmer Flores, who is now playing for Double-A Binghamton, was fantastic in his time with St. Lucie. He was the driving force of the St. Lucie offense, driving in a ton of runs in his third year with the team. Flores finally moved up earlier this month to play with Binghamton, one step closer to Queens.
- Ranked 29th in Toby Hyde’s pre-season prospect rankings and 24th by Amazin’ Avenue, Wilfredo Tovar has surprised everybody with his stellar play with Single-A St. Lucie. Tovar, 21, had a stellar .377 on-base percentage with St. Lucie and is now quickly rising up prospect rankings. He is now playing with Binghamton.
- Cory Vaughn doesn’t have a great batting average this year, hitting just .219 on the season, but he has shown great power with St. Lucie. Vaughn had a down year last year because of injuries but earned himself FSL Mid-Season prospect honors this season. Vaughn has a team-leading 14 home runs which is also currently second in the Florida State League. Vaughn will look to raise his batting average and earn a call up to Double-A in the second half of the year.
- Yohan Almonte has really struggled with the Mets this season. Despite going 6-3, Almote has a 5.77 ERA. He has allowed 81 runs in 64 innings, including a whopping 11 in his last start.
- Not much else…