Our never-ending position-by-position review of the Mets organization finishes up the infield today with guys who manned the hot corner for the short-season affiliates.
Brian Harrison and Richard Lucas, split this job.
Harrison, the Mets’ 13th round pick in 2010 out of Furman University hit .237/.332/.311 in 62 games and will turn 23 two days before Christmas.
I had Richard Lucas ranked as the #20 prospect in the system entering 2010, but he didn’t hit at all in St. Lucie that season, and now finds himself behind Jefry Marte and Aderlin Rodriguez on the organizational depth chart. Lucas hit .300/.385/.472 as a 22-year old in the New York-Penn League in 2011. A fourth round pick out of high school in 2007, Lucas is probably, unfortunately, out of time.
Dustin Lawley split his time between third base and centerfield in the Appalachian League which alone makes him kinda interesting. That and he hit a bit, going .284/.325/.500 and earning the K-Mets Co-Hitter of the Year with Greg Pron. The Mets drafted Lawley, who will be 23 heading into 2012, in the 19th round out of West Florida where he won a DII National Championship with the Argonauts. Likely, he’ll head to Savannah, where he ended 2011 for three regular season games and the Gnats’ playoff run, to begin 2012. His versatility and athletic ability will keep him employed for a little bit, but he’ll need to hit to advance.
I got nothing on the two guys who played third in rookie ball – Sneider Batista and Ponce Dimas, who were both 20 in 2011.