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.