Marcus Lawton had been promoted to Lynchburg as well (and he would never come close to stealing 100 bases in a season again). Alan Hayden (85 SB, .322) however would take his place and was nearly as impressive in the stolen base department as Lawton... and had the batting average to back it up. The Mets organization has always been known for their pitching and that would be obvious in 1986's Columbia roster as Kevin Armstrong put up a fantastic 17-5, 2.72 effort that would go down as the best pitching numbers ever at this ballpark. David West added a 10-3, 2.91 and Chris Bayer was 9-1, 2.52 rounding off an excellent starting rotation. As the New York Mets were making history with their winning percentage, no one in the Minor Leagues  could match the 1986 Columbia Mets who posted an incredible 90-42, .682 record,
This team marched to the Sally League playoffs and this time, no one could match up with their strength in pitching or hitting. The Columbia Mets had won their first South Atlantic League Championship in front of a year long crowd of 106,000 fans.