Mets minor league teams best in baseball

While the big league Mets sit at 57-63 — a .475 winning percentage that is unlikely to yield a playoff berth — their organization’s overall record is a lot higher.

minor league organizationsCombined, all nine of the Mets minor league affiliates have a .555 winning percentage, a 421-338 record. Looking only at their full-season affiliates, instead of all nine, the organization has an even higher winning percentage: .590 (284-197), 9.5 games better than the next best organization, the Texas Rangers.

For the full season affiliates, offense has been the name of the game. They’ve scored 5.11 runs/game, the best amongst all clubs’ full season minor league systems, and have the best run differential at +380. That differential is 104 runs better than Texas.

How successful has the Mets’ farm system been? Only one of the nine clubs is under.500: the “Mets 2” team in the Dominican Summer League. The other squad the Mets are fielding in the DSL is 32-29.

In American rookie leagues, the Kingsport Mets are 26-26, while the Gulf Coast Mets are 24-22.

In Short Season Single-A, the Cyclones sit one game out of the wild card with their 30-27 record. Brooklyn last made the postseason in 2012, when they lost in the semifinals. Their last New York-Penn League title came in 2001, their first year, when their championship series with the Williamsport Crosscutters was cancelled due to the September 11 attacks. The Cyclones had won the first game of the series, but the teams were declared co-champions.

In Single-A, Savannah is four games out of the division lead for the second-half, but won the first-half division title. Overall, they’re 76-42 and headed for the South Atlantic League playoffs. The Sand Gnats are the reigning league champs, so the expectations are high. The advanced Single-A St. Lucie Mets are five games out of the second-half division title, but did manage to finish second in the first-half. They’re 66-52 overall.

Double-A Binghamton is 1.5 games behind the Portland Sea Dogs for a division title and playoff berth in the Eastern League. Their 72-48 record comes on the heels of a playoff berth last year, when the Mets were swept by the Trenton Thunder in the first round. Binghamton’s last league title came in 1994.

The most successful squad of all, within their own league, is Triple-A Las Vegas. The 51s have coasted through the season, building a 9.5-game lead in their division and a 70-55 record. Much of this has been due to players who’ve managed to help the 51s so much that they ended up called up to the majors, like Matt den Dekker, who hit .334 in his multiple stints with Las Vegas.

Las Vegas last won the PCL title in 1988, prior to affiliation with the Mets. Future Met Sandy Alomar, Jr. won the PCL MVP that year.

As the Mets gear up for a nearly-impossible playoff run, it looks like there will certainly be plenty minor league playoff baseball to watch.