The Player of the Year in the Florida State League for 2013 was just announced and St. Lucie Mets slugger Dustin Lawley got the nod with a spectacular season leading the FSL with 25 home runs 90 RBIs.
He is coming off a hot week where he went 8-for-18 with one home run, two doubles and six RBIs as he looks to close out the 2013 with a flourish
Last week, in our Boom or Bust feature, John Bernhardt and Bill Passonno had the following to say about Lawley:
A promising long ball threat, Dustin Lawley has hit double digit home runs in each of his first three professional seasons. The Port St. Lucie left fielder has been blistering hot since the Florida State All-Star game, a recent FSL Player of the Week and the league leader in home runs and RBIs. Like most young power hitters, Lawley’s batting average is a bit lower than we might like and his strikeout percentage perhaps a bit higher than is customary. Even so, Lawley’s outfield play has been surprisingly good and his power numbers excellent. Verdict: Boom.
Here’s a sample of the highest home run totals in a season for some of the current Mets players who came through St. Lucie in the minor-league system: David Wright, 15 in 2003; Daniel Murphy, 11 in 2007; Lucas Duda, 11 in 2008; Ike Davis, seven in 2009 (although he was promoted to Double-A after 59 games). Dustin Lawley, the latest slugger to pass through Tradition Field, has 20 in 96 games this season. The total leads the Florida State League and has resulted in a slugging percentage hovering near .550. This season also comes after his stellar 2012 campaign when he notched 35 doubles and 14 home runs for Low Class-A Savannah, so the power is clearly evident. However, the big question will be can Lawley sustain this production at the next level in Binghamton against tougher pitching. It doesn’t seem far-fetched. He doesn’t whiff at an astounding rate like some sluggers and has just 72 strikeouts this season (as of Saturday), which is still six fewer than the total Daytona’s Javier Baez, considered the No. 11 overall prospect by MLB.com, posted in 76 FSL games before his promotion earlier this month. Lawley is a little old to be regarded as a top prospect — he will be 25 next April — so his 2014 season will be key. He should be up for the challenge. Verdict: Boom.
Lawley, 24, will start the 2014 season with Double-A Binghamton where he’ll get a chance to show what he can do at a higher level.
Congratulations to Dustin from all of at Metsmerized and MetsMinors.net.