Mets Minor League Top Performers (June 3-10)
NOTE: this is a post by Kyle Schnitzer. Enjoy.
In the future, I will be doing these more in-depth. As you will notice, I am missing Double-A Binghamton. I did it on purpose because no one on the team was really have a “great week”. Their pitching struggled, as did their hitting. I look forward to future columns with you guys.
Triple-A Buffalo Hitter: Lucas Duda, OF
Lucas Duda, who has seen brief time in the majors, has found his way back to the top after a promotion last night. Duda has been ripping the cover off the ball in Triple-A Buffalo, batting .400 the past week. Duda also belted 3 homeruns while netting 7 RBI. In 38 games, Duda’s combined line: .302/.414/.597.
With Jason Bay struggling and now benched, Duda could not have a better opportunity to showcase himself and prove to the organization that he belongs here.
High Class A St. Lucie Batter: Matt Den Dekker, OF
In the beginning of the season, Den Dekker was ripping apart High-A. But since coming into May, Den Dekker has came back to earth and started looking more like a 4th outfielder. With his batting average dropping 60 points since May, Den Dekker has picked it up this week.
While he’s hitting a modest .272 for the week, Den Dekker has smashed 2 homeruns this week, doubling his 2011 season total. He also has two doubles, making that 18 for the year.
High Class A St. Lucie Pitcher: Darin Gorski, LHP
On the mound, Darin Gorski, has been everything and more this season. Not considered a starting pitcher by many, Gorski has forced his way into starts. On the season, the left-handed pitch is 4-0 with a dazzling 1.62 ERA in Class A Advanced St. Lucie.
In the month of June, Gorski has maintained a 0.00 ERA, while logging in 14 innings. In his most recent start on June 7, Gorski went 7 innings; surrendered 0 runs on 4 hits while striking out 7.
It’s not clear if Gorski is too advanced for High-A as he’s been in the shadows of 2010 First-round pick Matt Harvey the whole season, but he might have to stick there for a little longer. But with the year he is putting together, he might have just forced a promotion.
Class A Savannah Hitter: Darrell Ceciliani, OF
Darrell Ceciliani has had a hard time adjusting to full-season play. Could this week be an indication of him getting used to every day play? Ceciliani is hitting .435 this week after a monster performance on June 5, where he went 3-5 with a home run and 2 RBI. Ceciliani’s numbers have dropped since having a jaw dropping campaign for the Brooklyn Cyclones.
While Ceciliani won’t hit for power, his strength is in the gap, as he is a doubles and triples kind of hitter. A speedy centerfielder who swiped 21 bags in 2010, Ceciliani, is outstanding defensive outfielder. He might have some work to do, but he is no doubt, one of the more eye opening prospects in the Mets organization.
So that’s the quick synopsis for the past week. Have you seen any Mets minor league games recently and care to share your thoughts? Let me know in the comments.