After coming up to the majors on May 4, Met rookie Darryl Strawberry batted .161 with three home runs and nine RBIs in his first month. After June 4, Strawberry hit .282—to finish the season at .257—with 23 homers and 65 RBIs. Strawberry, 21, is the leading candidate for National League Rookie of the Year honors and should be the Mets' big power hitter for years to come.
The brightest of what the Mets have heralded as a bright bunch of pitching prospects could be Dwight Gooden, 18. Gooden, a 6'2" righthander who was New York's No. 1 draft pick in 1982, spent most of the year with Lynchburg in the Class A Carolina League. There Gooden was 19-4, had a 2.33 ERA and struck out 300 batters in 191 innings—an average of 14.1 per nine innings. He finished the season with Triple A Tidewater of the International League, where he was 2-1, with a 1.96 ERA and 19 strikeouts in 23 innings. Perhaps not coincidentally, the Mets' farm teams had the best combined record of any organization's.