Lutz is BackAfter five games in the GCL, Zach Lutz moved up to St. Lucie with an 0-4 Sunday in his return from his left foot fracture, which has put him on the shelf since May 25. Technically, he was activated off the Binghamton DL and then transferred to St. Lucie, so he now counts against St. Lucie's active 25 man roster. Lutz, you might recall, hit a beastly .307/.447/.600 with six home runs, 17 walks and 21 strikeouts in 21 games in April before suffering through a .196/.317/.353 with 2 home runs 7 walks and 15 strikeouts in 14 games in May. Overall, he was bopping along at a .262/.396/.500 rate.
Flores is BoppingAfter a home run Saturday night and a 1-4 on Sunday, SS Wilmer Flores is hitting .351/.360/.470 for St. Lucie with 10 extra-base hits in his last 22 games. He'll turn 19 in a few weeks, making him younger than most of the Mets' recent draftees. In July, while hitting .314/.320/.471, he's got a .156 iso. The FSL averages .253/.323/.364 with a .111 ISO. What he's doing is special. However, for any Met fan clamoring for him to be "fast tracked," please understand that he's walked in 1.5% of his plate appearances in 31 games. He must learn to take a base or two, before moving up to AA.
Throwing Strikes is Hard (But Crucial)This year, I had Kyle Allen ranked as my #13 Mets prospect, up from #33 the previous year. Friday, he gave up four runs on four hits and four walks in 5.2 innings. The 20-year old Allen now has a 5.28 ERA (league average is 3.64) with 50 walks against 52 strikeouts in 92 inning this year. That's bad.
Two years ago I had Nick Carr ranked as my #30 prospect. In his last two relief appearances for St. Lucie, he's walked six batters in 2.1 innings.
Two years ago, I had Scott Moviel, who owns a 6.16 ERA, ranked as my #9 prospect, but dropped him to #34 this year. Saturday, he walked five, threw two wild pitches, and gave up five runs in 3.1 innings.
A Playoff Run?
Despite losing six straight games, St. Lucie is just percentage points out of first, and one game in the loss column behind Bradenton and Palm Beach.