Mets Final Report





Best Player: While rehabbing with Double-A Binghamton, Carlos Beltran warned middle infielder Jordany Valdespin not to take his opportunities for granted. The talented 23-year-old had clashed with coaches and managers and had developed a reputation that could overwhelm his potential. "He's a competitive, energetic guy who comes out all the time," farm director Adam Wogan said.

The Mets promoted Valdespin to Triple-A Buffalo in August and he finished with an overall batting line of .294/.333/.468 with 17 home runs. He stole 37 bases in 55 attempts and spent the majority of his time at shortstop, after playing mostly second base in past seasons. "He's athletic enough to play shortstop," Wogan said. "He's working on becoming more consistent there and in all phases of the game. He also showed that the hand-eye coordination and bat speed are translating into performance."

Best Pitcher: Righthander Matt Harvey, the seventh overall pick n the 2010 draft out of North Carolina, lived up to the hype in his first professional season. The 22-year-old earned a second-half promotion from high Class A St. Lucie to Binghamton and went 13-5, 3.32 on the season, striking out 156 and walking 47 in 136 innings.

"Really, our hope for him was to get into that five-day routine, establish that," Wogan said. "We thought he'd be able to be successful at A-ball and the Double-A level with his fastball, but he really showed improved command. He also showed a real willingness to work on the changeup, even though he didn't need it (with St. Lucie)."

Keep An Eye On: A fifth-round pick last year, Matt den Dekker finished the season in Binghamton, and the 24-year-old could continue to climb quickly because he's a rarity in the Mets organization as a true center fielder.

Scouts questioned den Dekker's feel for hitting while at Florida, but he hit .296/.362/.494 in 267 at-bats for St. Lucie prior to a bump to Double-A. He showed good power with Binghamton (11 homers, .426 slugging), but his strikeouts rose and he hit just .235.

"We were hoping to help him get better against lefthanders," Wogan said, "which is something he did improve on early on in the year. We also want him to be able to continue to improve his approach at the plate . . . We saw that he was patient to get his pitch, and yet his power wasn't compromised. He made progress."

METAMORPHOSES

• Another injury-plagued season in New York resulted in 18 players earning promotions from Triple-A, including the likes of Lucas Duda, Justin Turner, Ruben Tejada and Dillon Gee, all of whom carved out roles for 2012.

• St. Lucie righthander Darin Gorski went 11-3, 2.08 to win Florida State League pitcher of the year honors. He led the circuit in ERA and WHIP (1.00).