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2017 Mets Minor League Review: GCL Mets

Reviewing the 2017 GCL Mets season

Tradition Field - behind the fence Chris McShane

Season Record: 19-37 (Gulf Coast League East Division, 5th place)

Wins and losses certainly matter, especially to those guys suiting up on the field, but in the Gulf Coast League, player development is key. The GCL Mets might have only won 19 ballgames, but at times, they were the most exciting of all the Mets’ minor league affiliates thanks to their solid blend of both hitting and pitching prospects.

Joining international free agents that had already made their stateside debuts in 2016, notable international free agent signings Daison Acosta, Gregory Guerrero, Hansel Moreno, Sebastian Espino, and Jose Peroza all made their stateside debuts and enjoyed varying levels of success. Of all of the IFAs on the 2017 GCL Mets, it was a pair of unheralded names that enjoyed the most success, as Jaison Vilera and Yeizo Campos dominated the competition, with the latter finding himself making spot starts for the Brooklyn Cyclones and even St. Lucie Mets.

Headlined by Mets second-round pick Mark Vientos, the 2017 MLB draft class was well represented. Bryce Hutchinson, Robby Kidwell, Ryan McAuliffe, Liam McCall, Noah Nunez, Nate Peden, Jack Schneider, Jose Sierra, Ronnie Taylor, Joshua Walker, and Kyle Wilson all made their professional debuts.

TOP HITTER

Mark Vientos

Games Plate Appearances AVG OBP SLG HR BB K SB BABIP
Games Plate Appearances AVG OBP SLG HR BB K SB BABIP
47 193 .269 .316 .397 4 14 42 0/2 .313

RUNNER-UP

Kenneth Bautista

Games Plate Appearances AVG OBP SLG HR BB K SB BABIP
Games Plate Appearances AVG OBP SLG HR BB K SB BABIP
43 154 .264 .383 .450 3 22 43 2-Jan .373

TOP PITCHER

Jaison Vilera

G GS IP ERA FIP BB K H HR BABIP
G GS IP ERA FIP BB K H HR BABIP
11 8 62.1 1.88 3.22 17 56 43 3 .244

RUNNER-UP

Yeizo Campos

G GS IP ERA FIP BB K H HR BABIP
G GS IP ERA FIP BB K H HR BABIP
8 7 46 3.52 2.55 14 49 35 1 .281