Now that the 2013 minor league baseball season has come to a close, Mets 101 will take a look at all levels of the team's farm system. We will start with the rookie league Gulf Coast Mets and work our way all the way up the ladder to Triple-A Las Vegas. We'll look at the season that was for each affiliate, complete with a season recap, the best promotions, the top prospects, and a season MVP. We continue our series today in Savannah, Georgia, home of the Single-A Savannah Sand Gnats.
Final Record: 77-61, Second Place Southern Division (South Atlantic League Champions)
Season Review: The 2013 season was a memorable campaign for the Savannah Sand Gnats. Third year skipper Luis Rojas clinched a spot in the South Atlantic League playoffs by clinching the Southern Division title in the first half of the season. The Sand Gnats struggled a bit in the second half, but picked up their play in time for the playoffs. After sweeping division rivals Augusta in the first round of the playoffs, the Sand Gnats reached the SAL finals against the Hagerstown Suns. The Gnats dropped the opening game of the five game series in Hagerstown, but swept the next three games to clinch the South Atlantic League Championship at home. The title was the first for the Sand Gnats in 17 years.
Best Promotion: Savannah's most successful promotion was "Dollar Mondays", where fans could obtain tickets to the game for one dollar at a local retailer. The Dollar Mondays deal also extended to concession items such as hot dogs, soda, and popcorn.
OF Brandon Nimmo: Nimmo, the Mets' first round pick in 2011, spent his second full professional season in Savannah and played well. Nimmo hit .273 on the year with two home runs and 40 RBI's in 110 games. Nimmo should be moved up to High-A St. Lucie next spring.
2B Dilson Herrera: A late addition to the Sand Gnats' roster, Herrera joined the team in August following the Marlon Byrd trade. Herrera finished his 2013 season with a .267 batting average, 11 home runs, and 60 RBI's.
SP Gabriel Ynoa: Ynoa, the ace for Savannah, exploded onto the scene as a prospect this season. Ynoa went 15-4 with a 2.72 ERA in 135.2 innings pitched and struck out 106 batters.
The Sand Gnats' MVP has to be Gabriel Ynoa, who was dominant nearly every time he took the mound this season. Ynoa will surely move on to bigger and better things starting in 2014 with Port St. Lucie, but he played a huge role in a season to remember for Savannah.
Check back next week as Mets 101's Minor League Mondays reviews the season for Port St. Lucie!
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