Mets Midseason Report





Best Player: The Mets have some bats in their system who could be considered, and they have some arms that touch triple-digits. But no one seems as set on a speedy course through the minors as Matt Harvey. The 6-foot-4, 210-pound righthander has not disappointed after being selected seventh overall in 2010. Harvey, 22, debuted on Opening Day for high Class A St. Lucie and struck out nine in five innings. He went 8-2, 2.37 with 92 strikeouts in 76 innings before earning a promotion to Double-A Binghamton at the all-star break.

"What we've seen is a competitive, talented pitcher who has made strides with each start," farm director Adam Wogan said. Mets officials have said that they intend to keep Harvey in the minors this season and would like him to have another year of preparation. But the Mets figure to have rotation openings next season, and with Jenrry Mejia recovering from Tommy John surgery, Harvey is the top pitching prospect in the system.

Biggest Leap Forward: When Dillon Gee arrived in the Mets rotation this season he did so with little expectations. And behind him in the minor leagues the Mets have a handful of pitchers with similarly low hype, but plenty of success. St. Lucie lefthander Darin Gorski has drawn comparisons to Gee—a lefthanded Gee.

"He throws 88 to 90 (mph), but touches 92, 93," Wogan said. "He added a little bit over last year and has shown improvement with his breaking ball." Gorski went 6-0, 1.55, his ERA leading the Florida State League by nearly a full run. He had 87 strikeouts and 15 walks in 76 innings. This comes after Gorski went 6-8, 4.58 for low Class A Savannah last season.

Biggest Disappointment: Brad Holt has continued his yo-yo performance this season. After impressing Mets executives after being plucked as a sandwich pick in 2008, Holt struggled badly during the past two seasons. The hard-throwing righthander was dropped from the Binghamton rotation after going 2-6, 5.04 with 48 strikeouts and 48 walks this season.

METAMORPHOSES

• First baseman Nick Evans' hitting streak came to an end at 19 games, the fifth-longest in Triple-A Buffalo history.

• Buffalo third baseman Zach Lutz was placed on the disabled list with a concussion.