The Binghamton Mets finished May 11-18, in last place in the Eastern League Northern Division, six games behind the Connecticut Defenders. The B-Mets allowed 5.6 runs per game in the month and scored but 4.2, easily explaining their mark at seven games under .500.
The thing that stands out in the month about the B-Mets pitching staff was the lousy K/BB ratio. The B-Mets pitchers walked 4.2 batters per nine while striking out just 5.8 for a k/BB ratio of 1.4.
On the first of June, Josh Thole led the Eastern League in batting average and OBP while DJ Wabick was 8th with his .327 average. The common knock on Thole is that he doesn’t hit for enough power, and yet, his 16 doubles were tied with DJ Wabick and two others for the league lead. Ryan Coultas’s 2.55 ERA was sixth on the circuit. Manny Garcia’s 14 stolen bases were fourth.
Pitcher of the Month
Ryan Coultas. The converted SS from UC Davis never hit as a professional, so the Mets moved him to the mound. Coultas is making that decision look prudent. In May, he was 3-1 with a 2.23 ERA in 32.1 IP over five starts. One monstrous note of caution: he struck out only fifteen batters and walked 11. I wonder whether, and I haven’t crunched the numbers, converted position players have lower K/rates than one might expect given their raw stuff because they aren’t as comfortable setting hitters up and then putting them away.
Tobi Stoner returned from a slight labrum tear in spring training and was 1-1 with a 2.49 ERA in his first four starts of the year. Again, his K/BB rate (12/9) is problematic.
Player of the Month
DJ Wabick turned 25 on the penultimate day of May, a month in which he hit .377/.417/.528 with 13 doubles and a home run.
Josh Thole .361/.429/.485, with nine doubles, a homer and 12 walks against 12 strikeouts had another excellent month.
Shawn Bowman (.275/.319/.468 in May) clubbed four homers, the only B-Met with more than one.
As perfectgame noted in the comment section, I unfairly omitted young Ruben Tejada who hit .309/.374/.415 in May with nine walks and nine strikeouts in 94 AB over 28 games. That plate discipline and contact rate from a 19-year is very solid. Tejada played 22 games at short and six at secondbase indicating just how highly the organization regards his skill set. The more versatile a player can be, the better his chance of fighting his way onto a big league roster.
Is it June Yet?
OF Carl Loadenthal (.219/.337/.233 in 23 G) didn’t hit much.
The bullpen as a whole was really bad. Nick Abel (12.41 ERA), Edgar Alfonzo (6.57), Eric Brown (5.76), Roy Merritt (6.35) all were ineffective or at best, inconsistent in May.