Now that the 2023 season is over, Minor League Mondays will take a look at each of the New York Mets’ minor league affiliates over the next several weeks. This series will take a look at each affiliate’s season highlights, top prospects, interesting promotions, and more. We continue our climb up the ladder today with a look at the Low-A St. Lucie Mets of the Florida State League.
Minor League Mondays Affiliate Review: St. Lucie Mets
2023 Record: 20-43, Fourth Place in Florida State League East Division
Story: The 2023 regular season was a tough one for the St. Lucie Mets, who found themselves in an awkward middle ground in terms of prospect development. Most of the organization’s best prospects were either playing a level below them in the Florida Complex League or above them for High-A Brooklyn, leaving a much more raw group of players for St. Lucie to develop. The team’s record of 20-43 wasn’t too surprising as a result but manager Gilbert Gomez did get a chance to mold some intriguing players into prospects to watch down the road.
Top Promotion: Superheroes are always popular with younger fans so St. Lucie had a hit on its hands with Defenders of the Diamond Night on June 10. Captain America was in attendance for a meet and greet prior to the game and all kids received a bobblehead or Funko pop related to their favorite superheroes. Post game fireworks wrapped up a very fun night at the ballpark.
OF Nick Morabito Morabito, the Mets’ second-round compensatory pick in 2022 out of Gonzaga College High School in Washington, had a breakout season for St. Lucie in 2023. In 27 games for St. Lucie, Morabito hit .286 with a home run, seven RBIs and a .781 OPS to re-establish himself after a rough pro debut last summer. Morabito is currently rated as the Mets’ 28th best prospect according to MLB.com.
3B Jacob Reimer Reimer, the Mets’ fourth-round pick in 2022 out of Yucaipa High School in California, set himself up for success with a strong performance this season. In 75 games for St. Lucie, Reimer hit .280 with six home runs and 37 RBIs, earning himself a late-season promotion to High-A Brooklyn in the process. Reimer is currently rated as the Mets’ 13th-best prospect according to MLB.com.
RHP/DH Nolan McLean McLean, the Mets’ third-round pick in 2023 out of Oklahoma State, is one of the most intriguing prospects in the farm system due to his status as a two-way player. The Mets had him spend a bit of time at St. Lucie towards the end of the season, where McLean got nine at bats and worked 3.1 innings as a reliever. McLean is currently rated as the Mets’ 23rd best prospect according to MLB.com.
Check back next week as we continue climbing the minor league ladder with a look at the High-A Brooklyn Cyclones!