The 2006 Hyannis Mets had a batting champion and the most electric left-handed starting pitcher in the Cape League, but they failed to string together enough wins to contend in the Western Division, sputtering to a fourth-place finish and a 16-24-3 record.
Matt Mangini (Oklahoma State) was the wire-to-wire offensive star for the Mets, reaching a season-high mark of .343 through the first full week of the season and finishing with an average of .310, making him the first Hyannis winner of the Thurman Munson Award since Jason Varitek won the CCBL batting crown in 1993. Mangini also led the Cape League with 48 hits, turning scouts' heads with an effective daily approach and a strong work ethic.
Returning for his second season with the Mets, southpaw Charlie Furbush (St. Joseph's-ME) quickly developed into the ace of the Hyannis staff in 2006. He delivered the highlight of the Hyannis season on July 26, when he pitched a 12-strikeout no-hitter against the Bourne Braves. He finished 3-2 for the Mets with a 1.83 ERA, eighth best in the league, while finishing third in the league and tops on the Mets in both innings pitched (54) and strikeouts (50).
Fellow veteran pitcher Daniel Latham (Tulane) was solid in the closer's role for the Mets for the second straight season, recording eight saves as well as a 1.50 ERA and 16 strikeouts against just three walks in 18 innings pitched. Along with Mangini and Furbush, Latham was selected as a Cape League All-Star by the West head coaches.
In addition to providing the Mets with local flavor, Jared McGuire (Boston College) of Harwich was one of the strongest day-to-day performers on the Mets. McGuire batted .269, finishing tied for third in the league with 26 runs scored, and also tied for the Hyannis lead in home runs with two and stolen bases with four. The left fielder also recorded six outfield assists, tying for the league lead in a category that he could have run away with had the scouting report on his cannon arm not spread so quickly.
Center fielder David Macias (Vanderbilt) played in all but one game for the Mets, bringing with him consistency both in the field and at the plate. He finished the season with a 13-game hitting streak that brought his season average to .281, an achievement which gained him recognition on the year-end All-League Team.
Starting pitching was the downfall for the Mets, who were unable to establish a healthy and effective rotation to take the ball between Furbush’s starts. Aaron Brown (Houston) was a steady second starter for Hyannis, going deep into games and finishing second on the club with 37 strikeouts, but he could not get run support from the Mets lineup and ended up a with hard-luck 0-4 record. Josh Collmenter (Central Michigan) was the answer in the first half of the season, going 1-1 with a 2.42 ERA and 26 strikeouts, but his season was shortened by injury.
A solid bullpen was anchored by the rubber-armed Gary Lee (South Carolina-Aiken), who made two emergency starts on short rest late in the season, and by Milan Dinga (Army), who was tops on the Mets with a 1.35 ERA. The pen finished the season with a 10-9 record and a 2.96 ERA, but too often they found themselves pitching from a deficit.
As a team, the Mets' .252 average was second in the league. Key contributors included freshman shortstop Ryan Flaherty (Vanderbilt), utility player James Darnell (South Carolina), and first baseman Sean O'Brien (Virginia Tech), all of whom also stood out in the field for the Mets.