The Silliness of Minor League Spring Training Games

As in the big leagues, results of minor league spring training games do not matter. Last year, we dutifully chronicled the results of those games however. This year I expect to do the same. All four minor league “groups” played games on Friday and Saturday and all had Sunday off as a camp day.

The only affiliate to publicly discuss any of these games was the B-Mets, who wrote a recap of Friday’s group two game. Richard Lucas had a big day, with a single, a double, and a homer. Why do you care? You don’t really. Lucas was a fourth-round pick in 2007 out of high school in Jacksonville who hit .251/.360/.377 in advanced-A St. Lucie last year while playing first base. He’s playing for a spot in double-A this year if Allan Dykstra earns a promotion to AAA Las Vegas.

B-Mets broadcaster and media relations man Tim Heiman made a nice catch. In the first spring game of 2012, 1B Travis Ozga was, like Lucas, a triple shy of a cycle. Rather than portending big things, Ozga went on to hit .173/.253/.288 in 49 games in AA.

What makes these games kinds of results silly? Simply, we don’t know who Lucas, or any other aspiring B-Met was hitting against. Were they almost big leaguers in to get some work in a minor league game? Some hard-throwing a-baller?

In fact, in the same game Friday, the Mets sent RHP Domingo Tapia and RHP Luis Mateo to the mound. Tapia was a mainstay in the Savannah rotation while Mateo threw for Brooklyn. Both are likely headed to advanced-A St. Lucie. Neither has a chance of breaking camp in AA.

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