The New York Mets have announced the 2018 Sterling Award Winners. The Mets give out a Sterling Award, which recognizes the top performing prospect or MVP, at each level of their organization. Additionally, the Mets give a Sterling Award to the top position player and pitcher across all levels from the past year.
Player of the Year – Peter Alonso, 1B
Level: Binghamton & Las Vegas
Stats: .285/.395/.579, 31 2B, 3B, 36 HR, 119 RBI
MMN Rank: 4
Pitcher of the Year – Justin Dunn, RHP
Level: St. Lucie & Binghamton
Stats: 8-8, 3.59 ERA, 1.330 WHIP, 10.4 K/9
MMN Rank: 3
Las Vegas – Drew Gagnon, RHP
Stats: 7-6, 4.40 ERA, 1.204 WHIP, 9.5 K/9
Binghamton – Jeff McNeil, 2B
Stats: .342/.411/.617, 26 2B, 5 3B, 19 HR, 71 RBI, 6 SB
MMN Rank: 11
St. Lucie – Andres Gimenez, SS
Stats: .281/.347/.409, 29 2B, 5 3B, 6 HR, 46 RBI, 38 SB
MMN Rank: 1
Columbia – David Peterson, LHP
Stats: 7-10, 3.16 ERA, 1.172 WHIP, 8.1 K/9
MMN Rank: 6
Brooklyn – Ross Adolph, OF
Stats: .276/.348/.509, 9 2B, 12 3B, 7 HR, 35 RBI, 14 SB
Kingsport – Luis Santana, 2B
Stats: .348/.446/.471, 13 2B, 4 HR, 35 RBI
MMN Rank: 15
Gulf Coast – Ronny Mauricio, SS
Stats: .273/.304/.410, 16 2B, 3 3B, 3 HR, 35 RBI, 2 SB
MMN Rank: 5
DSL1 – Andres Regnault, C
Stats: .333/.420/.573, 17 2B, 3B, 9 HR, 45 RBI, 5 SB
DSL2 – Christofer Domingez, LHP
Stats: 7-1, 1.84 ERA, 1.040 WHIP, 8.0 K/9
Community Service Award – Marcel Renteria
It may come as a surprise Jarred Kelenic, the sixth overall pick from this year’s draft was not named a Sterling Award winner. While he put up stats meriting a Sterling Award, his not being named may have been the result of his only playing 12 games for Gulf Coast before joining a Kingsport team full of worthy candidates.
Of all the Sterling Award recipients, Santana was the only repeat winner with him being the recipient for the award for the DSL Mets2 last year.
Looking at last year’s list, four of the recipients (Dominic Smith, Corey Oswalt, Amed Rosario, Luis Guillorme) have made their Major League debuts between last season and this one. This year, Gagnon and McNeil have made their debuts. Certainly, with the way they have played this year, the debuts of Alonso, Dunn, and Gimenez are possibly on the horizon.
The awards for each player will be given in a pregame ceremony later today.