Daniel Murphy looked around the dejected clubhouse after a disastrous loss in Atlanta. It seemed like everyone was booting the ball around and making mistakes.
“I told you I would haunt you,” Daniel heard a voice say.
Daniel spun around and frowned. “Stick it Larry. No one wants to hear from you.”
“You’ll never win here,” the Ghost of Larry said.
“I said be quiet, Larry.” Daniel said.
“Awww…” the Ghost of Larry said, “Look at poor little Daniel. Wittle Warry has upset him. What are you going to do about it? The Superhero hasn’t shown up in ages. Even the Superhero knows that this team can’t be saved.”
“What are you going to do about it? Wave a towel at me?”
That’s it, Daniel thought to himself. This has gone on long enough. My team needs me.
Daniel looked to his left. Daniel looked to his right. When he saw that no one was looking, he reached into his gym bag and all the way at the bottom, he pulled out something that hadn’t seen the light of day in a long time. It was his Superhero costume. He quickly rushed down the hall into a spare closet and changed. Moments later, he was dashing back into the visitor’s locker room in his orange and blue superhero costume with the cape with the big number 28 flowing behind.
“Cheer up, everyone!” the Superhero shouted. “Do not let a loss get you down! We can still win this thing!”
“It’s the Superhero!” Jon Niese said. “Where in the world have you been?”
“I thought you could do it without me. But I realize now you need my help. Everyone… repeat after me! I believe that we will win! I believe that we will win! I believe that we will win!”
“Uh, Superhero,” Bartolo Colon said. “That’s a football chant. Or as you Americanos like to call it, soccer.”
“It doesn’t matter,” the Superhero said. “You guys score as much as a soccer team. Everyone, c’mon!”
It started quietly at first, but soon it began to grow. “I believe that we will win! I believe that we will win! I believe that we will win!”
As the team began to chant and chant, the Superhero smiled and quietly made his way off to change back into his civilian garb and join his teammates.
“Take that, Larry,” Daniel said to the Ghost of Larry as he came back into the clubhouse. “My work here is done.”
In the 2010 MLB Draft, the Mets selected catcher Blake Forsythe in the 3rd round with the 89th overall pick.
After signing, Blake reported to the Gulf Coast League Mets (Rookie) of the Gulf Coast League before being promoted to the Brooklyn Cyclones (A-) of the New York Penn League a week later. In 33 games, he hit .234 with 3 HR and 8 RBI to go with 26 hits.
He moved up another level during his second season, spending it with the Savannah Sand Gnats (A) of the South Atlantic League. He appeared in 105 games, batting .235 with 9 HR and 43 RBI.
Blake moved up one more rung in 2012, playing for the St. Lucie Mets (A+) where he appeared in 88 games, hitting 8 HR with 42 RBI.
He continued his progression through the system in 2013, playing for Binghamton (AA) where he appeared in 88 games and struggled a the plate, hitting .192 with 10 HR and 33 RBI. While he failed to get above the Mendoza line, he earned a gold glove in AA while throwing out 36% of attempted base stealers.
Over 4 minor league seasons, Blake has played in 314 games, batting .225 with 30 HR and 126 RBI. He has collected 244 hits with 64 walks, 9 triples, 140 walks while striking out 356 times.
The Mets 5th round pick in the 2010 Major League Draft was Matt Den Dekker, who broke into the majors in 2013. Their selection before Matt was outfielder Cory Vaughn, chosen in the 4th round with the 122nd overall pick.
Cory is the son of Greg Vaughn, former 1st round pick of the Milwaukee Brewers in the 1986 draft. Cory’s father played 15 seasons in the majors, made 4 all-star teams, and played in over 7,000 big league games with 355 home runs.
After signing with the Mets, Greg reported to the Brooklyn Cyclones (A-) of the New York Penn League where he had an outstanding 2010 season, appearing in 72 games, batting .307 with 14 HR and 56 RBI. He collected 81 hits with 14 doubles, 5 triples, 12 stolen bases, an OBP of .396 and slugged .557. He was 2nd in the league in HR and RBI and led the league in slugging.
Cory began 2011 with the Savannah Sand Gnats (A) of the South Atlantic League before being promoted to the St. Lucie Mets (A+) of the Florida State League in June. On the season, Cory appeared in 131 games batting .255 with 13 HR and 59 RBI, 116 base hits, 22 doubles, 3 triples, and 10 stolen bases. His OBP was .362 and he slugged .402.
Cory remained in St. Lucie for the entirety of the 2012 campaign, appearing in 126 games, batting .243 with 23 HR and 69 RBI with 25 doubles, 3 triples and 21 stolen bases. His OBP dipped to .351, but his slugging percentage increased to .463.
An injury plagued 2013 season limited Cory to just 92 games between the Gulf Coast League Mets (Rookie), the St. Lucie Mets, and the Binghamton Mets (AA). On the season, he hit a combined .252 with 10 HR and 54 RBI, getting 83 hits, 11 doubles, and 4 triples to go with 16 stolen bases. He had an OBP of .348 and slugged .400.
Over 4 minor league seasons, Cory has played in 421 games, batting .260 with 60 HR and 238 RBI. He has 391 hits, 72 doubles, 15 triples, 59 stolen bases, and a career OBP of .362 and a slugging percentage of .362.
Where will Cory’s future take him in 2014 and beyond? We shall see.
In the 2010 MLB Draft, the Mets chose RHP Greg Peavey in the 6th round with the 182nd overall pick. This was the third time Greg had been selected, having previously been drafted in 2007 in the 24th round by the Yankees and in 2009 in the 32nd round by the Astros.
Greg was a late signee in 2010 before signing on August 16th, right before the deadline, opting to forgo his senior season at Oregon State to turn pro. He began pitching for the Mets in 2011, starting the season with the Savannah Sand Gnats (A) of the South Atlantic League before being promoted to the St. Lucie Mets (A+) of the Florida State League in June. In 27 games (24 starts), he had a record of 11-6 with a 3.48 ERA, pitching 137 1/3 innings, allowing 141 hits, walking 28 and striking out 108 with a 1.22 WHIP.
Greg made the jump in 2012 to AA, where he pitched the entire season, making 25 starts with an ERA of 8-8 with an ERA of 5.06. In 144 innings, he gave up 169 hits, walking 37 and striking out 84 with a WHIP of 1.43.
Greg split 2013 between Binghamton and Las Vegas 51s (AAA) of the Pacific Coast League, being used as a starter in Binghamton and out of the pen in Vegas. He pitched in 45 games (6 starts) with a record of 6-5 and and ERA of 4.80, pitching 95 2/3 innings, allowing 94 hits, walking 38 and striking out 65 with a whip of 1.52.
In his professional career, he has a record of 25-19 with a 4.42 ERA in 376 2/3 innings and a WHIP of 1.34.
In the 2010 MLB draft, the Mets chose in the 7th round with the 212th overall pick RHP Jeffrey Walters.
Jeff has been pitching in the Mets system for the last 4 seasons and in 2013, he progressed to AA Binghamton of the Eastern League and on November 20, 2013 he was added to the Mets 40 man roster.
Jeff began his professional career pitching for the Kingsport Mets (Rookie) of the Appalachian League, appearing in 3 games (2 starts) with a record of 0-2 and an ERA of 8.10 in 10 innings.
In 2011, Jeff pitched for the Brooklyn Cyclones (A-) of the New York Penn League, where he appeared in 14 games (all starts) with a record of 4-6 and an ERA of 3.32 in 65 innings, allowing 62 hits, walking 24 and striking out 48 with a WHIP of 1.32.
He was transitioned to the bullpen in 2012, beginning the season with the Savannah Sand Gnats (A) of the South Atlantic League before being promoted to the St. Lucie Mets (A+) of the Florida State League where he remained for the rest of the season. In 36 games, Jeff recorded a record of 4-5 with an ERA of 2.30 and 4 saves. He pitched a combined 54 2/3 innings allowing 47 hits, walking 12 and striking out 49 with a WHIP of 1.08.
In 2013, Jeff continued his climb through the season, this time as the closer for the Binghamton Mets (AA) of the Eastern League. He appeared in 53 games with a record of 4-3 and an ERA of 2.09 with a league leading 38 saves. He pitched 56 innings allowing 46 hits with 16 walks and 60 strikeouts to go with a WHIP of 1.11. With his performance in 2013, he was named co-winner of the Sterling Award (along with Noah Syndergaard) as Most Valuable Player of the Mets AA affiliate.
Through 4 minor league seasons, Jeff has appeared in 106 games (16 starts) with a record of 12-16 and an ERA of 2.92 and 42 saves. He has pitched 185 2/3 innings, allowing 168 hits, walking 58 and striking out 166 with a WHIP of 1.22.
We will see Jeff Walters on a Major League mound. Don’t be surprised if we see him pitching in Queens as some point in 2014.
The Mets selected RHP Kenny McDowall in the 8th round of the 2010 MLB draft with the 242nd overall selection.
Kenny only pitched one season in the Mets system, making 12 appearances out of the bullpen in 2011 for the Kingsport Mets (Rookie) of the Appalachian League and the Gulf Coast League Mets (Rookie) of the Gulf Coast League. He posted a record of 3-1 with an ERA of 2.25 in 20 innings, allowing 12 hits, walking 9 and striking out 11 with a WHIP of 1.05.
Kenny McDowall was released by the Mets on June 13, 2012.
In 2013, Kenny pitched for the independent Taos Blizzard in the Pecos League, appearing in 6 games (4 starts) with a record of 1-1 and an ERA of 8.20. He pitched 18 2/3 innings, allowed 25 hits, walked 10 and struck out 19 with a WHIP of 1.88.
With the 272nd overall selection in the 2010 MLB draft, the Mets selected RHP Jacob deGrom in the 9th round. The Mets did not have a selection in the 10th round.
Jacob has progressed to AAA during his minor league career, and on November 20, 2013 – he was added to the Mets 40-man roster.
Jacob’s professional career began in 2010 with the Kingsport Mets (Rookie) of the Appalachian League where he appeared in 6 games, making 6 starts, with a record of 1-1 and an ERA of 5.19. He pitched 26 innings, allowing 35 hits, walking 6 and striking out 22 with a WHIP of 1.58.
After missing the entire 2011 season due to Tommy John surgery, Jacob returned in 2012. He began his season in May with the Savannah Sand Gnats (A) of the South Atlantic League before being sent to the St. Lucie Mets (A+) of the Florida State League. In 19 games (all starts) in his return season, Jacob had a record of 9-3 with an ERA of 2.43 in 111 1/3 inings, allowing 91 hits, walking 20 and striking out 96 with a WHIP of 1.00.
Jacob continued moving up the ranks in 2013, pitching for St. Lucie, the Binghamton Mets (AA) of the Eastern League, and the Las Vegas 51s (AAA) of the Pacific Coast League. Jacob made 26 starts with a record of 7-7 and an ERA of 4.51, pitching 147 2/3 innings allowing 168 hits, walking 46 and striking out 120 with a WHIP of 1.45.
In three minor league seasons, Jacob has made 51 starts with a record of 17-11 and an ERA of 3.76. He has pitched 285 innings, allowing 294 hits, walking 72 and striking out 238 with a WHIP of 1.28.
Jacob features a fastball that usually runs 91-93 mph, but has been known to occasionally dial it up to the 94-96 range and with other highly touted starters that have been sitting in the minors in recent years (Harvey, Wheeler, Montero, Syndergaard) he has been a prospect that has been under the radar of many Mets fans. He’ll enter spring training as a perceived long shot for the final spot in the rotation, but expect to see Jacob pitching in Queens at some point in 2014.
The Mets 11th round pick in the 2010 MLB draft is an intriguing one – Adam Kolarek was selected 332nd overall and is a left handed relief pitcher who has posted some pretty good numbers in the minors, and has pitched as high as AAA Las Vegas.
In four minor league seasons – Adam has pitched in a total of 144 games with a record of 15-8 and an ERA of 2.70 with 26 saves. In 227 innings, he struck out 245 – better than a batter an inning and has allowed 184 hits with 90 walks and a 1.21 WHIP.
Adam started out his professional career in 2010 with the Kingsport Mets (Rookie) of the Appalachian League before being promoted to the Brooklyn Cyclones (A-) of the New York Penn League in July. On the season, he pitched in 22 games with a record of 2-1 and an ERA of 3.13 with 1 save, striking out 45 in 37 1/3 innings.
2011 saw Adam begin the season with the St. Lucie Mets (A+) of the Florida State League before being reassigned to the Savannah Sand Gnats (A) of the South Atlantic League at the end of May where he remained for the rest of the season. He appeared in 26 games with a record of 7-1 and an ERA of 2.85 and 5 saves, striking out 58 in 60 innings.
2012 saw Adam continue his progress through the system, splitting time between the St. Lucie Mets and the Binghamton Mets (AA) of the Eastern League. In 50 appearances (44 with St. Lucie), Adam pitched to a record of 3-3 with an ERA of 2.70 and 19 saves. He struck out 78 in 63 1/3 innings with a WHIP of 1.32. His 18 saves and 44 games pitched with St. Lucie led the staff in both categories.
Adam began the 2013 season with AAA Las Vegas, but was reassigned to AA Binghamton after two appearances and an ERA of 11.25 in 4 innings. He pitched another 44 games at Binghamton with much greater success, with a record of 3-3 and a 1.71 ERA and 1 save. On the season, Adam appeared in 46 games out of the pen with a record of 3-3 and an ERA of 2.28 and 1 save. He pitched 67 innings, allowing 52 hits, walking 25 and striking out 64 with an WHIP of 1.15.
We’ll see how Adam progresses in 2014. As a lefty reliever who has struck out more than a batter an inning and a reported six-figure bonus the Mets invested in him, he will get his opportunity until he proves he doesn’t belong. Don’t be surprised to see him in the majors someday.
The Mets selected RHP Bret Mitchell in the 12th round of the 2010 draft with the 362nd overall pick.
In 2010, Bret pitched with the Kingsport Mets (Rookie) of the Appalachian League where he appeared in 8 games (all starts) with a record of 2-2 with an ERA of 5.94. In 36 1/3 innings, he allowed 39 hits, walking 13 and striking out 42 with a WHIP of 1.43.
In 2011, Bret played in 7 games for the Kingsport Mets before making one start with the Brooklyn Cyclones in August. He made 8 appearances (all starts) with a combined record of 5-1 with an ERA of 2.84, pitching 44 1/3 innings allowing 30 hits, walking 14, and striking out 40 with a WHIP of 0.99.
Bret missed the entirety of 2012 after having hip surgery before returning for a successful 2013 season that was split between the Savannah Sand Gnats (A) and the St. Lucie Mets (A+). Bret appeared entirely out of the bullpen in 2013, making 43 appearances with a record of 4-2 and an ERA of 2.05 and 10 saves. In 61 1/3 innings, Bret allowed 42 hits and walked 29 to go with 75 strikeouts with a WHIP of 1.16.
To date, Bret has appeared in 59 games (16 starts) with a combined record of 11-5 and an ERA of 3.30 and 10 saves. In 142 innings, he has allowed 111 hits with 56 walks and striking out 157 with a WHIP of 1.18.
If Bret Mitchell can stay healthy and can continue to build on his 2013 campaign – we may see him in the majors one of these days.
Corner Infielder Brian Harrison was picked by the Mets in the 13th round of the 2010 MLB draft, 392nd overall and signed with the team for a reported $125,000. Brian was also a former 29th round selection of the Pittsburgh Pirates in the 2007 draft.
Brian has spent four seasons thusfar in the Mets organization, reaching as high as the (A+) St. Lucie Mets in 2013. In a combined 262 games to date where he has split time at Third Base and First Base, Brian has a career batting average of .237 with 17 HR and 131 RBI with 224 minor league hits in 946 at bats and a .314 OBP and .354 slugging percentage.
Brian began his professional career in 2010 with the Gulf Coast League Mets (Rookie) in June before progressing to the Brooklyn Cyclones (A-) in July and finishing the season with the Savannah Sand Gnats (A). He played 48 games at the the three levels, hitting a combined .284 with 8 HR and 25 RBI. He had 48 hits with 15 doubles and 2 triples with a .346 OBP and slugged .538.
The 2011 season was spent entirely with the Brooklyn Cyclones, where he appeared in 62 games, batting .230 with 3 HR and 30 RBI and 52 base hits.
Brian played the entire 2012 season with the Savanna Sand Gnats of the South Atlantic League, where he served as the team’s primary first baseman, appearing in 113 games and hit .241 with 5 HR and 61 RBI with 102 base hits to go along with 54 runs scored and 27 doubles.
2013 was an injury filled season for Brian which included two stints on the DL, including a three month span from April 26th to July 28th. He played 39 games with the Gulf Coast League Mets, the Savannah Sand Gnats, and the St. Lucie Mets, batting .163 with 1 HR and 15 RBI with 22 hits in 135 at bats.