Good Year, Despite Record

By wbng sports

September 4, 2012 Updated Sep 4, 2012 at 10:57 PM EDT

Binghamton, NY (WBNG Binghamton)

"I really have to tell you, this year, even though the record doesn't show it, it's been a successful year for us."

It's tough to imagine a team that finished 6 games under .500 would consider it a successful season.
But if you look closer, it really was a success in the way of talent development.
Starting with the pitching staff, several players on the B-Mets opening day roster were promoted to Triple A during the season.
Some even saw some time with the parent club in New York.

Manager Pedro Lopez says, "You've got Carson, you've got Elvin Ramirez, you've got Edgin. You know, they're all pitching at the Major League level. McHugh starting tonight so...Wheeler at Triple A. It's always a pleasure to see guys going up and doing well. We did what we were supposed to do."
Pitcher of the year Mark Cahoon, who made a couple of starts at Triple A, was named the team's pitcher of the year.

It wasn't just the pitching staff that developed what could be future stars for the Mets.
Players like Matt den Dekker got off to a hot start, and got a one way ticket to Triple A Buffalo.
Others, like Juan Legares and B-Mets MVP Eric Campbell improved throughout the season.
Campbell had his best season, putting up more hits, home runs, RBI and runs scored then he had in his previous two seasons as a B-Met.

"I'm happy with it, so to speak. Obviously you could always do better but you know, I stayed healthy pretty much for the most part and that's really all you can ask for, play hard and stay healthy and good things usually happen if that's the case."

After getting a promotion midway through the season, one of the organization's top prospects, Wilmer Flores showed he was worth all the hype.
In 66 games, he batted .311 with 8 home runs and was named the Mets organization prospect of the year.

"Great feeling you know. Being the player of the organization is something special. It means you worked hard and you wanted it."

So while the B-Mets missed out on the playoffs, they still developed talented players.
And the Mets are noticing.
It's part of the reason why they've extended their player development deal with the B-Mets for 4 more seasons.
For this week's Action Sports spotlight, I'm Gabe Osterhout.

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