The Columbia Fireflies will start the second half of the SAL season without three players who played vital roles in the team finishing a half game behind Greenville for first in the Southern Division.
Pitchers Jordan Humphreys, Merandy Gonzalez and infielder Michael Paez were promoted to Class A-Advanced St. Lucie, the Mets announced Thursday.
All three Fireflies were South Atlantic League All-Stars.
Paez is the Coastal Carolina product who helped the Chanitcleers win the 2016 national championship. He led the Fireflies with a .290 batting average and recorded a league-leading 21 doubles. He also hit eight home runs – two coming in one game on June 15. He was selected in the fourth round by the Mets in 2016 and after one half of the minor league season, he is moving on.
Humphreys was the first pitcher in Minor League Baseball to reach 10 wins. He posted a 1.42 ERA in 11 starts his 80 strikeouts were third-best among South Atlantic league pitchers. The right-hander was drafted by the Mets in the 18th round in 2015, and is currently rated the 29th best prospect in the organization.
Gonzalez was named South Atlantic League Player of the Month for April after he tossed 28.1 scoreless innings and was the only pitcher in professional baseball (MiLB & MLB) who did not allow a run during that month. A native of the Dominican Republic, Gonzalez signed with the Mets as an undrafted free agent in 2013.