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.
Honorable MentionFour different players who played in at least half of the K-Mets hit over .300 in the month.
CF Darrell Cecilliani (.303/.361/.447) was 8-for-9 stealing bases, and knocked two homers and five doubles. The Mets drafted the 19-year old Ceciliani in the fourth round out of Columbia Basin (WA) CC and paid him $204K to sign.
1B Jeff Flagg (.330/.387/.530) took advantage of all of those dudes on base in front of him to drive in 30 (!) runs in 25 games in July. At 23, I’d sure like to see what Flagg would do with a month in the SAL.
Pitcher of the MonthLHP Angel Cuan: 1-1, 3.64. In 29.2 IP, he fanned 24 and walked eight and gave up 32 hits. The 20-year old began the year in the year with two starts for Brooklyn before the Mets sent him down to the Appy League.