Quick Overview: The St. Lucie Mets have won nine in a row on the strength of a pitching staff, led by Matt Harvey and Jeurys Familia that is leading the league in ERA. St. Lucie, with a team ERA of 1.98 is nearly a full run better than Daytona at 2.89. The team is sixth in strikeouts but the stingiest in giving up hits, having yielded just 77 hits in 100 innings.
The offense is hitting .258/.328/.350 and has scored the 10th most runs in the 12-team league.
The Matt Harvey QuestionHere's the season line through three starts: 3-0, 0.00 ER, 16 IP, 10 H, 1 R, 0 ER, 6 BB, 20 K.
Sunday was his worst start, and he was still damn good: 5 IP, 2 H, 1 R, 0 ER, 2 BB, 3K.
Every day, I get asked on Twitter when the Mets will move Harvey, their 2010 first round pick to AA. First, I don't know. However, I said before the season that he wasn't going anywhere until early May and I'll stand by that. Whether its refining his breaking stuff, or his command or increasing his stamina, or all three, there were good reasons for starting him in advanced-a, and they remain good reasons to keep him there for at least a few more starts.
Jeurys Familia. Also AwesomeHis season line after two starts: 13 IP, 2 H (!!!!), 1 R, 1 ER, 2 BB, 13 K.
In his last start, he was throwing his fastball 93-96 mph, got his slider over for strikes, and per the Fort Myers miracle broadcast as using a "good change-up." Exciting stuff indeed.
The Underage KidsSS Wilmer Flores, who's still just 19, had a pair of hits Saturday and Sunday, has hit safely in four of five and poked his first double on Sunday. He's showing more patience (5 walks in 11 games) as part of a .268/.354/.293 line.
Fellow 19-year old Jefry Marte has a pair of doubles and a home run and has drawn four walks in his first 10 games while hitting .286/.366/.429. Don't forget about Marte who was hitting .354/.384/.585 in 20 games in July last year when a strained hamstring ended his season early on July 22nd.
OF Cesar Puello, who had a slow start last year with Savannah is off to a 10-for-42 start with St. Lucie with one double, part of a .238/.267/.262 line. He has played one game in center field, which, if he shows he can play the position, would boost his stock fairly dramatically. Puello, who at his best, controlled the strike zone really well in the second half with Savannah in 2010 has been a little jumpy, drawing one walk while fanning eight times in 10 games.
Who wants to go to AA?Pedro Zapata says yes. The 23-year old is 9-for-22 in seven games as part of a .409/.458/.455 line. Scouts really liked his body and athleticism last year in center field for Savannah. Despite a swing that could get long at times, he'll never hit for much power - he hit two in 2010 - but as a guy who can run and play center field, he certainly has a chance to move up.
I thought Matt den Dekker would have a chance to break camp with AA, bypassing advanced-A altogether, but the Mets started him in St. Lucie where the 23-year old is off to a 10-for-42 start (.238/.289/.381) with two doubles, two triples and two walks and 11 strikeouts in 10 games.
Likewise, after pitching in the AFL, I thought there was a solid chance that Nick Carr would break camp in AA too. Blessed with a big-time arm, he's struggled to command his pitches and with injuries. however, in his first five appearances, he's walked just one and fanned eight in 6.2 innings. I think relievers are the easiest guys to move because there are always bullpen innings available, and I certainly hold out hope for Carr.
Fuller DoneSt. Lucie lost LHP Jimmy Fuller to season ending shoulder surgery.
Catching Hold of the OffenseC Francisco Pena was 5-for-14 in his first five games, but hasn't played for the last four. His replacement, Juan Centeno picked right up for Pena with three hits in his first game on the 11th.