09/19/2008 8:54 AM
Righthander Dillon Gee was named the Sterling Award winner for St. Lucie (A) of the Florida State League, emblematic of the team's Most Valuable Player. Gee was selected by the Mets in the 21st round of the 2007 draft, out of the University of Texas at Arlington. He reported to Brooklyn a week later, where he made his professional debut, and teamed with fellow rookie Dylan Owen -- Dillon & Dylan -- to create one of the most dominant tandems in the New York-Penn League.
Gee finished the 2007 season ranked sixth in the NYPL with a 2.47 ERA. He allowed one run or less in seven of his 11 starts, and showcased impeccable control, striking out 56 batters while walking just nine in 62 innings. Overall, he allowed 57 hits and 17 runs in 14 games, and had a 1.06 WHIP.
This summer, Gee began the season with St. Lucie, and picked up just about right where he had left off. Gee went 8-6 with a 3.25 ERA in 21 games. In 127.1 innings, he allowed 117 hits, 49 runs, 46 earned, and just 19 walks, while striking out 94 batters. Gee allowed three earned runs or less in 16 of his 21 starts, and allowed one earned run or less 10 times.
He advanced to Binghamton (AA) in early August, and actually got better, going 2-0 with a 1.33 ERA in four starts.