Now that the 2012 minor league baseball season has come to a close, Mets 101 will take a look at all levels of the New York Mets farm system, starting with Short-A Brooklyn and ending with AAA Buffalo. We'll look at the season that was for each level, complete with a season recap, the best promotions, the top prospects and each ballclub's MVP. Today we take a look at the AA Binghamton Mets
68-74 (4th Place Eastern League Eastern Division 11 GB)
Season in Review:
The Mets are known not to have a very strong farm system and it showed with the results in AA this season. All of their top out-field prospects are in low-A ball and the top pitchers in the system are in Triple-A Buffalo. With that in mind, it was a long year in Binghamton to say the least.
With the bats, Binghamton was a middle of the back team in every major category. As a team, they hit .261 on the year and drove in 619 runs over the 142 game season. One glaring problem that reflects a greater problem within the organization was that the franchise lacks a legitimate power-hitting prospect. Binghamton only hit 90 home runs on the year, the fourth lowest in the Eastern league.
The lack of power really hurt the team as the Binghamton Mets finished at 68-74 and fourth place in their division.
As for continuous promotions, you cant go wrong with fireworks. Like all minor league teams, the Binghamton Mets had plenty of firework promotions to draw fans to the games. The best single game promotion had to be “Case of the Mondays/Office Space Night” on May 7. It’s a tribute to a great movie and admission, a hot dog and a soda for only $7!
SP, Zach Wheeler: Zach Wheeler looks like he’s destined for stardom in the major leagues. He took major strides this year while lighting up AA. He went 10-6 with a 3.26 ERA in 19 starts. He threw 116 innings and registered 117 strikeouts. His performance earned him a promotion to Triple A late in the year. He should make his major league debut sometime next season.
CF, Matt Den Dekker: Like Wheeler, Den Dekker split the year between Binghamton and Triple-A Buffalo. In just 58 games, Den Dekker hit a team best .340 with 8 homers and 29 RBI before he was called up to Buffalo.
MVP – Wheeler
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