In a season of ups and downs, including a 14-game winning streak, a 10-game losing streak and an ever-changing daily lineup, it seemed the Las Vegas 51s were destined to be a playoff team. But with the New York Mets making their own playoff push, the 51s were not afforded the luxury of hanging on to their best players, costing the team a postseason berth.
With that in mind, here are seven 51s who played noteworthy roles in the 2015 campaign:
Wally Backman, manager
While not making the playoffs was disappointing, Backman led a team that lost its two best pitchers and two best bats and still attained a 77-67 record. Backman could be a hot candidate for a job in the big leagues next year.
Dilson Herrera, second baseman
Herrera posted an impressive .324 average in 81 games at AAA, and with uncertainty surrounding the Mets’ middle-infield positions next year, Herrera will suit up for the big club at some point in 2016.
Logan Verrett, starting/relief pitcher
Verrett was been summoned to the big club four times and has served as a spot starter and as a long-man out of the Mets’ bullpen. He was an asset for the 51s in 11 starts and seven relief appearances, posting a 5-3 record.
Dillon Gee, starting pitcher
Gee was demoted to Las Vegas and posted an 8-3 record in 88.1 innings, but don’t expect him back. Gee will be a free agent, and the Mets will part ways with him after his public criticism of the team.
Matt Reynolds, shortstop
Reynolds is a future MLB shortstop, but he posted a .267 average in 115 games at the AAA level this season, so he still needs work in the minors before getting his shot. Expect to see Reynolds in a 51s uniform in 2016.
Brandon Nimmo, outfielder
Nimmo, arguably the Mets’ top hitting outfield prospect, was a late addition to the 51s roster and posted a disappointing .264 batting average in 32 games. He has been surpassed in the Mets system by 2014 first-round draft pick Michael Conforto.
Vic Black , relief pitcher
Shoulder and neck injuries led Black to Las Vegas for rehab, but he never regained his form. He posted an abysmal 7.09 ERA over 26.2 innings pitched for the 51s. Black will be a free agent in the offseason, leaving his future up in the air.