The biggest story in May in St. Lucie was on the mound where Brad Holt and Jenrry Mejia were simply dominant. Both earned their promotions to Binghamton earlier this week and will throw for the B-Mets this weekend.
On June 1, Mejia’s 2.06 ERA was fourth in the FSL, while Brad Holt’s 50 strikeouts were second. Ike Davis’ 16 doubles was led teammate Carlos Guzman by one, for the top spot in the league. Guzman’s .503 SLG was fifth in the FSL.
On June 1, after a 13-12 May, the St. Lucie Mets were 23-22, 7.5 games behind the first-place Fort Myers Miracle (Twins) who were setting a blistering pace atop the FSL South. The Mets began May in streaky fashion, alternating three-game winning streaks with three game losing streaks, a run that was interrupted by the rain in the middle of the month, which rained out four of the five St. Lucie games from 5/17-5/19.
Player of the Month
Kirk Nieuwenhuis. The Mets’ third round pick in 2008 out of Azusa Pacific led St. Lucie in OPS (.922) in May as part of a .284/.376/.545 month in which he bashed five homers. Long and rangy with a clean set up at the plate, Nieuwenhuis has impressed scouts in his brief minor league tenure. With Fernando Martinez working on establishing himself in the big leagues, the 21-year old Nieuwenhuis is the next best OF prospect within hailing distance of the big leagues.
Carlos Guzman. Guzman turned 23 in May, so he’s a little old for top prospect status, but he’s been so remarkably consistent in 2009, that even Joe Morgan would be awfully proud. After a .303/.354/.500 April, Guzman hit .303/.355/.505 in May with 3 HR in each month. No, those aren’t typos. Really, I doublechecked.
This has been a breakout year for Guzman, although he will need to keep proving that it’s real. At present, Guzman has 15 doubles and six homeruns through 49 games. Last year with Savannah, Guzman collected 14 doubles and eight homers in 84 contests.
Ike Davis. His May (.263/.360/.432) wasn’t explosive, but he’s been solid all the way along and now leads St. Lucie with an .844 OPS. Coming off a very disappointing 2008 professional debut, Davis needed a rebound and is absolutely providing one.
Pitcher of the Month
So, you be the judge:
There’s no wrong answer here, but I’ll take Brad Holt on the strikeout rate and the K/BB ratio. Mejia’s backers will point to the gb/fb ratio to make the case for their guy.
Is it June Yet?
After an April power surge, Reese Havens hit .184/.336/.310 in May. Havens was still drawing walks (17) and was not striking out much (15 in 87 AB over 24 games) so it could well have been that he was getting at least a little unlucky and just couldn’t find the singles that would have made his overall line look good. He still homered three times. Now shelved for six weeks with a strained quad, Havens will have to wait until July to reinflate his batting average.
C Francisco Pena went .222/.263/.278 in 18 games in May.