The Mets minor league affiliates have combined to go 55 games over .500 during the 2013 season.
Triple-A Las Vegas is currently in first place with a 78-59 record, while Double-A Binghamton is in first place with an 83-53 record, and already clinched their division title. In Single-A, St. Lucie has gone 68-59 combined in the first half and second half, and Savannah is 72-58 combined in both halves. Down in the Rookie League, Kingsport is leading their division with a 35-27 record, and the one of the Dominican Summer League Mets went 45-26 in 2013.
The lone affiliates under .500 are the GCL Mets at 19-39 the other Dominican League team went 21-50.
Michael Baron, ContributorThere are a couple of things which make the organization’s success so impressive. First, the Mets heavily focused on player development and not necessarily winning in the minor leagues (which was one of the reasons the Buffalo Bisons discontinued their relationship with the Mets last year). The organization does feel winning is a byproduct of their success with their player development process, but they will not sacrifice the process for winning. Second, most of their affiliates have seen a lot of transition over the course of the season, especially the 51s who have lost most of their best players to the big leagues all year long.
To be able to win all while maintaining their rigid development program is a testament to each manager and their staffs, especially Wally Backman’s group, who has arguably dealt with the most transition and is currently managing a very thin roster in Las Vegas.
To read more about Mets teams and the minor-league post season, check out Toby Hyde’s post for Mets Minor League Blog.