This is part three of our series recognizing the Mets minor leaguers that had the best statistical years during the 2015 season. These players were chosen on the numbers and not their prospect value. The eight position players chosen as the starters on this 25-man all-star team were Patrick Mazeika, Dominic Smith, Dilson Herrera, Gavin Cecchini, Eudor Garcia, Wuilmer Becerra, Kevin Kaczmarski, and Travis Taijeron.
Shortstop – Luis Guillorme (Savannah Sand Gnats) The 21-year old was named the South Atlantic League Most Valuable Player for the 2015 season after hitting .318/.391/.354 in 122 games for the Sand Gnats. His batting average was second among Mets full season hitters and in the SAL. His .391 OBP was third among Mets minors and fourth in the league. The left-handed hitter also had 18 steals, 55 RBI, and 67 runs scored (6th in system) while striking out only 70 times compared to 54 walks. The Mets picked Guillorme in the 10th round of the 2013 draft as a player known for his strong defensive abilities. He was the Mets Sterling Award winner for Savannah.
Utility Infielder – T.J. Rivera (B’Mets & 51’s) He led all the Mets full season hitters with his .325 average (.341 with Binghamton), his .364 OBP was 8th, and his .449 slugging percentage was fourth. The right-handed hitting Rivera also had 27 doubles, seven homeruns, 48 RBI, and 63 runs scored. Rivera was a tough man to strike out during the 2015 season doing so only 47 times in 403 at bats. The Bronx native finished the season reaching base safely in 16 straight games.
Outfielder – Wagner Lagrange (DSL Mets) The 20-year old outfielder was the Mets Sterling Award winner for the Dominican Summer League I after hitting .347/.404/.417 in 59 games. He also hit 10 doubles, two triples, and a homerun in his professional debut. The right-handed hitter struck out only 28 times and walked 20 in 242 at bats. He finished the season on a 10-game hitting streak and reached base safely in his last 17 games.
First Base – Matt Oberste (St. Lucie Mets) The first baseman had a career year hitting .301 (6th among full season), got on at a .359 clip (9th), and slugged .430 (7th). The 24-year old knocked in a career high 64 which was 6th among all Mets minor leaguers and his six triples were tied for 4th in the whole system. The Mets 7th round pick in 2013 added six homeruns, 24 doubles, and scored 52 runs. He was also named a post-season all-star by the Florida State League.
Utility – Jeff McNeil (St. Lucie Mets) The left-handed hitting super utility guy played five different positions during the 2015 season with 58 games at second base, 34 at shortstop, 28 at third, two at first, and one in center field. He finished with a .312 batting average ranking him second in the Florida State League and his .373 OBP led the entire league. Overall for the season he hit .308/.369/.377 that includes a cameo with the Binghamton Mets (4 games) at the end of the year. the midseason and post-season all-star led the Mets farm system with 149 hits.
Catcher – Juan Uriarte (DSL Mets) The right handed hitter made his professional debut in 2015 as a 17-year old who hit .267/.374/.395 in 52 combined games between DSL Mets I and DSL Mets II. His 34 RBI were the fourth most among short season Mets hitters and his .770 OPS was second among catchers in the entire system. He batted .339/.487/.492 in 20 games for the Dominican Summer League Mets II.
Part One: Position Players Led By Cecchini, Smith