I should have finished this series up last week, but the reason I do month-by-month analysis is to give myself a chance to break down the season into manageable chunks to tease out various story lines.
Despite a potent offense, the K-Mets struggled to a 9-17 record in July.? The offense hit .290/.368/.436 and scored 184 runs, 7.1 runs per game.? Meanwhile, the pitching owned a 5.25 ERA and allowed 6.6 runs per game, 172 overall.? Once again, a Mets affiliate with a positive run differential, had a losing record.? If this sounds familiar, St. Lucie pulled the same trick in July.? How to explain this?? I can?t.
Player of the Month2B Alonzo Harris (.306/.366/.541) led the K-Mets with seven and tied for the team lead as one of three players with eight stolen bases.? He?s just 19, and was a good enough athlete to attract attention as a defensive back at DI schools for football.? He?s a prospect.? One note of caution, as is common for young hitters, Harris is aggressive; he walked ten times and struck out 24 in 111 AB over 25 games.? He?ll need to be careful with that strikeout/walk rate as he moves up.? Also, as long as we?re talking about 19-year olds, remember that he?s the same age as Ruben Tejada but is playing four levels below him.