In a move that shocked many fans, the New York Mets have named OF Desmond Lindsay as the winner of the 2016 Sterling Award for the Brooklyn Cyclones. The Sterling Award is the equivalent of the team MVP Award.
In 37 games on the season, including 32 in Brooklyn, Lindsay hit .303 with 6 doubles, 4 homers and 17 RBIs.
Lindsay is the first Cyclone in many years to win the Sterling Award without being an All Star. Many predicted Harol Gonzalez to be the front runner for the award.
Thomas Szapucki, who appeared in 4 games for Brooklyn, was named the Sterling Award winner for the Kingsport Mets, where he made 5 starts.
In 9 starts on the season for Kingsport & Brooklyn, Szapucki went 4-3 with an ERA of 1.38, giving up 12 runs in 52 innings while striking out 20 batters.
Elsewhere in the organization, Brandon Nimmo & Amed Rosario were both named Sterling Minor League Organizational Co-Players of the Year.
Nimmo had an excellent season, as hit .352 with Las Vegas with 11 homers, 25 doubles and 61 RBIs.
Nimmo was called up to the Mets on June 25th.
Rosario spent the season with both the St. Lucie & Binghamton Met. He finished with an average of .324 with 24 doubles, 13 triples, 5 homers and 71 RBIs.
Pitcher of the Year went to PJ Conlon.
Conlon appeared in 24 games, starting 23 and posting a record of 12-2 with the Columbia Fireflies and St. Lucie Mets. He posted an ERA of 1.65 in 142 inning of work, striking out 112 batters.
STERLING AWARD WINNERS
LAS VEGAS 51s
TJ Rivera, who briefly played for the Brooklyn Cyclones in 2011, won the Sterling Award for the Mets AAA Affiliate.
In 105 games with the 51s, Rivera hit .353 with 67 runs scored, 143 hits, 21 doubles, 11 homers and 85 RBIs.
Rivera was called up to the Mets on August 10th this year.
This was supposed to be the last Binghamton Met to win the award, as they will end up with a lousy name. However, two men were selected for the award.
Dominic Smith, the Mets top pick in 2013 who did not play for Brooklyn, finished the season with a batting average of .302 with 14 home runs, 29 doubles and 91 RBIs on the season.
Phillip Evans, who had fallen into obscurity the past few seasons, bounced back with an excellent season with Binghamton.
In 105 games on the 2016 season, including 9 with the St. Lucie Mets, Evans hit .335 with 30 doubles, 8 homers and 39 RBIs while scoring 50 runs.
Evans appeared in a few games with Brooklyn at the end of 2011 before spending all of 2012 with the Cyclones.
ST. LUCIE METS
Tomas Nido appeared in 90 games for the St. Lucie Mets during the 2016 season.
Nido raised his average to .320 to go along with 23 doubles, 7 homers and 46 RBIs.
Nido spent 2013 & 2014 with the Brooklyn Cyclones, where he was a catcher.
David Thompson had a bounce back year after struggling in Brooklyn last season.
In 116 games with St. Lucie and Columbia, Thompson hit .280 with 121 hits, 74 runs scored, 34 doubles, a pair of triples and 11 homers, to go along with 95 RBIs.
Catcher Carlos Sanchez hit .317 with the GCL Mets. He appeared in 38 games, hitting 8 doubles, two triples, two homers and driving in 16.
DSL METS 1 & 2
OF Raul Beracierta hit .327 in 62 games with the DSL Mets 1. He collected 69 hits, scored 31 times, hitting 7 doubles, a trio of triples, a homer and 23 RBIs while going 8-for-9 in stolen bases.
SS Andres Gimenez appeared om 62 games as well, hitting .350 with the DSL Mets 2. Gimenez recorded 75 hits, scored 52 runs, doubled 20 times, hit 40 triples, hit 3 homers and drove in 38 runs. He also stole 13 bases in 21 attempts.