The 20-year-old Carp is batting .295 with 12 home runs and 73 RBI in 118 games for St. Lucie, numbers that have risen with a strong start to his August.
Regularly serving as the Mets' cleanup hitter, the left-handed batting Carp is batting .320 with two homers and 10 RBI through 14 games in the season's fifth month, following a scorching July in which he batted .349 with four home runs and 20 RBI.
On Friday, Carp went 2-for-4 with a run scored and an RBI against the Vero Beach Dodgers, a contest the Mets won, 6-3, in heroic fashion when Caleb Stewart slugged a walk-off three-run homer in the bottom of the ninth inning.
Carp followed that performance on Saturday by helping the Mets overcome a 5-1 deficit after six innings, stroking two hits - including a two-run double - as St. Lucie rallied for seven late runs to topple Vero Beach.
Ranked as the Mets' No. 5 prospect coming into the 2006 season by Inside Pitch Magazine, Carp helped out in a pair of losses to Clearwater on Monday and Tuesday. He went 2-for-3 with two RBI in Monday's 7-3 loss to the Phillies and hit a two-run homer in the ninth inning of Tuesday's 8-5 defeat. His 73 RBI are the most of any farmhand in the Mets system, leading Hagerstown's Nick Evans by nine.
State of St. Lucie: St. Lucie (28-22) has edged into a tie with Daytona for first place in the Florida State League East. Gary Carter's Mets are trying to defend their crown after winning the first half title.
St. Lucie leaderboard - offense: Corey Coles' .341 batting average is the best in the system ... Carp's .295 average has placed him ninth in the organization ... Jesus Flores' 16 home runs now pace the organization, after Flores homered twice in a 6-2 win at Dunedin on Aug. 10 ... Carp's 73 RBI are the most in the system, while Flores is third with 61 ... Coles' 20 stolen bases are fourth in the system.
St. Lucie leaderboard - pitching: Sal Aguilar's 2.99 ERA (7-3, 74 K, 28 BB in 123.1 IP) is fifth in the system ... Jose Sanchez's nine victories tie him for second with Binghamton's Willie Collazo ... Carlos Muniz's 27 saves pace the system.
ON THE RISE
While Mike Carp has had a recent surge of power, credit is due to three other St. Lucie performers who have starred this month.
Catcher Jesus Flores homered twice in Aug. 10 victory at Dunedin to take the organization lead in home runs with 16. This month, the 21-year-old Flores - regarded as the organization's top catching prospect - is batting .342 with three homers and five RBI in 38 at-bats.
Outfielder Corey Coles has continued his breakout season, batting .345 in August, while outfielder Caleb Stewart has caught fire with a .346 average and an eye-popping five home runs in 52 at-bats.
Stewart has raised his average from .211 on July 29 to .255 entering Wednesday's play.
Right-hander Jose Sanchez has been stuck on nine victories for a while. The 22-year-old starter is 0-2 with a 7.15 ERA in two August starts and has not won since July 13 vs. Brevard County.
He is 0-3 with two no-decisions in the following five starts, having allowed five runs in 5 1/3 innings his last time out on Aug. 9 at Dunedin.