Binghamton Met fans are coming to understand the home run slugging prowess that made Dustin Lawley a unique asset in the New York Met farm system in 2013. Lawley led all Met minor league prospects slugging 26 home runs last year.
Through June 14th at Double-A Binghamton, Lawley’s long ball game was mostly dormant. The Binghamton power hitter totaled just six home runs in the B-Mets first 69 games.
All that changed when Lawley went yard for the 7th time the following day. In Binghamton’s last 19 games the Alabama raised slugger has smashed the ball out of the park nine times pushing Lawley’s home run total to 15. That total leaves Lawley tied for 4th best on the Eastern League’s home run leader’s board.
With Kevin Plawecki’s recent elevation to Las Vegas and Matt Clark’s request for a release, Lawley’s recent home run output filled a mid-season power void. Recently, B-Met skipper Pedro Lopez has moved Lawley into the cleanup slot of the Binghamton line-up. Lawley’s 15 home runs give him one more round tripper than teammate Brian Burgamy.
Sometimes Lawley’s defensive play is lost in the conversation of his value to his Binghamton team. Lawley splits time between left field and third base for Binghamton. A solid defensive player at both spots, a huge asset is Lawley’s strong and accurate throwing arm.
With only two Mets on the major league roster yet to reach double digit home totals, a long ball hitter becomes a valued commodity in the Met farm system. That makes Dustin Lawley’s long ball hitting progress something to pay attention to in Binghamton.
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