Best Mets Minor League Surprises – Mid-Season Edition

This is from Pete, one of our regulars here at MMO.

Mets 2011 Mid-Season Minor Leagues Biggest/Pleasant Surprises.

(In reverse order of how dramatic)

Juan Lagares – St Lucie, the speedy left fielder is enjoying a very good year with the bat. Hitting .338 in his first 234 AB. He also boasts an OPS of .845

Taylor Whitenton – Savannah, through 12 starts (16 G), the 6’3″ righty is 4-1, with a 2.79 ERA, and has been fairly dominant. In 67.2 IP he has given up only 46 hits, with 76 K and 33 BB. His batting avg. against is .192 and his WHIP is 1.17

Greg Peavey – Whitenton’s teammate was also very good for 14 starts, before earning a recent call-up to St Lucie. At Savannah he went 6-2 with a 3.12 ERA. In 78 IP, he surrendered 75 H, with 69 K and 11 BB. He had a WHIP of 1.10, and only gave up 3 HR’s.

Jeurys Familia – Binghamton, the power armed righty has started 8 games for the B-Mets after 6 good starts in St Lucie to start the season. He is still looking for his first AA win, but his other stats are scintillating. He went into the year needing to refine his secondary pitches, (slider and change-up). The good news is, he has, and his off-speed stuff is developing nicely. This could keep him in the rotation and not force a move to the bullpen. In 45.2 AA innings, he is 0-2 with a 3.35 ERA, 42 H, 51 K and 20 BB, the league is hitting only .243 against this 6’3″, 21 year old.

Matt Harvey – Binghamton, the 6’4″ right hander, who was the 2010 first round draft pick, made his professional debut this season, starting the year in St. Lucie, and earning a recent promotion to AA. His first start at Bingo was shaky, his second was much better as he begins to settle into the Eastern League. Here are the St Lucie stats that got him called up to the next level: in 14 starts he went 8-2 with a 2.37 ERA. 76 IP, 67 H, 92 K, 24 BB, .238 BA against. Yes that is correct, 92 K’s in 76 IP.

Darin Gorski – St Lucie, the fastest rising prospect you probably never heard of. For a 6’4″ lefty, he doesn’t really throw too hard, but all he has been doing is being unhittable in the Florida State League this season. At the start of the season, Gorski found himself in the bullpen for his first 6 games, after a very mediocre 2010 season at Savannah. An injury got him a start, and he never looked back. In 10 starts he is a perfect 6-0 with a 1.55 ERA. Even more astounding: in 75.2 IP, he has given up only 60 hits, while striking out 87 and walking only 15. The league is hitting only .214 against him with 4 HR’s, and his WHIP is a cool 0.99

Josh Edgin – St Lucie, the 6’1″ left-handed reliever is dominating the opposition this year like very few have been able to do. After giving up 3 ER’s at the very beginning of the year he has been unscored upon since early May. His first 24 appearances were at Savannah, while the last 6 games have been with St Lucie. Over his first 9.1 FSL innings he has given up 0 runs. here are his combined stats this season: 2-0, 0.67 ERA, 30 G, 40.1 IP, 19 H, 3 ER, 0 HR, 50 K, 14 BB, .142 BA against, and he has 18 saves so far. Not bad for the 30th round pick from 2010.

Chris Schwinden – Buffalo, after two relief appearances with Bingo to start the season, the 6’3″ righty was quickly called up to Buffalo and placed in the starting rotation. He is the only prospect to show positive development at AAA this year while at the same time staying healthy. In 15 game starts, he is 5-3 with a 2.87 ERA. In 87.2 IP, he has given up a paltry 67 hits, with 75 K and 30 BB. His AAA opponents are hitting only .211 against him, and his WHIP is 1.11.

Note from Joe D – Another great post from our MMO community. Outstanding job Pete. I was on a call with Paul DePodesta on Wednesday, and when he was asked if there would be anymore surprises from Buffalo to help the Mets this season, he said, “The only one who isn’t here yet is Chris Schwinden – He’s starting in Triple-A and has pitched very well out of the rotation. Knock on wood, we won’t have that need going forward, but he’s certainly pitched well and could be a guy if we have a need at some point.”

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