The eight home runs are nice, but he has just four doubles, an almost shockingly small number for a guy who’s played 62 games. He’s also struck out 74 times. That’s a lot. I liked his strength and approach when I saw him last year, but clearly, the jump to the FSL has been hard for him.
In some ways, Lucas is the poster-child for the old regime and their haphazard player movement at the lower levels necessitated by pushing so many teenagers to the SAL. After a fine start to his pro career in the GCL in 2007, and seven games with Kingsport, the Mets pushed him to Savannah as a 19-year old in 2008. It was a lost season: he hit .185/.252/.311 and tore up his knee as a Gnat when he should have spent the whole year as a K-Met. Returned to Kingsport last year at age 20, he raked, going .357/.471/.622 in 26 games before struggling in the final two weeks at Brooklyn. With Jefry Marte ticketed for a return engagement in Savannah, the Mets had to push Lucas to St. Lucie to get him at bats in a move one team official described as “almost unfair” to him.
I wonder where he would be now had he gone 07 – GCL, 08 – Kingsport (uninjured), 09 – Savannah (while Marte played in a short-season league) before reaching St. Lucie this year.