Stock Up, Stock Down for Mets' Top 10 Prospects for Week No. 2
The Mets' past week was rather uneven. After playing very well in the first game of their road series against the Phillies, their starting pitching was poor in the other two games. Then, the Mets continued their travels to Minnesota to play the Twins. They played very well against the lowly Twins and could have swept the series if not for the last game getting postponed due to weather.
John Buck has continued his amazing first half with six home runs and 19 RBI in his first 11 games. Lucas Duda has three home runs of his own and Daniel Murphy is red hot as well, boasting a .381 average.
Down in the farm system, the Mets' top prospects have been progressing along as well. Here is an updated report on their progress.
Stats: 3 GS, 14.0 IP, 17 H, 9 R, 6 ER, 6 BB, 17 K
Even though he is now 0-1 to start the season, there is no reason to be particularly concerned of Zack Wheeler's development. The season is early and he should be able to put together a string of better starts going forward.
Despite the Mets' current lack of starting pitching depth, Wheeler is still at least a month or two away from getting called up. His numbers right now are a good indicator that he still needs some more time to fine tune his mechanics and prepare himself even more for that long awaited major league debut he will most likely make this season.
Stats: 9 G, .286 BA, 6 RBI, 9 BB, .912 OPS
Travis D'Arnaud has still been hitting well to start his season. The power may not have appeared yet, but more than likely, it will very soon. The walks that D'Arnaud has taken continues to be a great sign that he has patience at the plate, and that he can get on base at a very high rate generally speaking.
D'Arnaud is still on a good pace to get called up midseason. John Buck may be off to an amazing start with his own season, but that doesn't mean that he will be the Mets' regular catcher for the whole season no matter what. If anything, having Buck and D'Arnaud both producing well is a good problem to have. Buck could become useful trade bait once D'Arnaud is ready to get called up.
On the other hand, Buck's hitting could lead to D'Arnaud's debut occurring possibly later in the summer and there would not be nothing wrong with being patient with D'Arnaud's development.
Stats: 2 GS, 9.0 IP, 7 H, 2 R, 2 ER, 5 BB, 13 K
Noah Syndergaard's second start was not much different from his first. He threw for five innings, gave up four hits, two earned runs, and had four walks and eight strikeouts.
Syndergaard's innings may continue to get limited due to the Mets likely trying to keep his arm from getting fatigued. On the other hand, it would not be too surprising if Syndergaard gets more stretched out later in the season once he feels more comfortable with pitching deeper into games.
With more time, more people should be able to realize just how special of a talent Syndergaard could really be.
Stats: 10 G, .405 BA, 5 RBI, 1 SB, 5 BB, .986 OPS
Brandon Nimmo has continued to have a great start to his season with a .405 average and .500 OBP. He has not shown too much power yet, but that will come with time.
If Nimmo keeps hitting this well, he could get promoted to Single A St. Lucie very soon and possibly even Double A Binghamton later this year. The 20 year-old's future is very bright and this is just the start of what could be a very successful career.
Gavin Cecchini was the Mets' 2012 first-round draft pick but the young shortstop has yet to play in a game because the Brooklyn Cyclones' season does not begin until June.
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Stats: 11 G, .250 BA, 5 RBI, 5 BB, .669 OPS
Wilmer Flores has struggled this past week as his average went from .500 down to .250, while his OPS plummeted from 1.167 to just .669. With Flores struggling to find a permanent position to play in the field, he will have to rely on his offense to help him get to the major leagues.
Again, the problem for Flores is that there really isn't a spot on the Mets' major league roster for him to play every day. If Flores can find a way to play particularly well, it would be nice to see the Mets trade him to a team that needs corner infield depth because that kind of organization would be best for Flores right now.
Stats: 3 GS, 16.2 IP, 11 H, 4 R, 4 ER, 1 BB, 21 K
Rafael Montero's season thus far has been spectacular. He is 2-0 with a 2.16 ERA in his first three starts. What really stands out though is the fact that he has allowed just one walk in those three starts, while accumulating 21 strikeouts. That is an amazing rate and certainly reminiscent of the 1994 season Bret Saberhagen had with just 13 walks to go along with 143 strikeouts.
This is not to say that Montero will be just like Saberhagen as a pitcher, but if he becomes the hard-throwing pitcher with great control that he currently looks like, that would be a pitcher that any team would want to have. High velocity and pinpoint control is a lethal combination for any pitcher and if Montero can show this kind of talent in the major leagues, he could give the Mets yet another young and talented arm in their rotation.
Stats: 2 GS, 9.2 IP, 10 H, 3 R, 3 ER, 2 BB, 7 K
Hansel Robles rebounded from his poor first two starts and now has a 2.79 ERA across his first three starts. He has not gotten too many strikeouts but this should not be concerning at all because he has still gotten outs and has been better on the mound overall compared to his first start.
Robles is continuing at a good rate to get a possible promotion to Double A Binghamton later this season. More strikeouts are always nice to see, but as long as he continues to get a lot of outs, Robles should not worry too much about his development.
Stats: 9 G, .233 BA, 4 RBI, 3 SB, 3 BB, .590 OPS
Cesar Puello has struggled this past week as his average fell from .333 to .233. His OPS also fell from .833 all the way down to .590. The one positive from Puello's season so far is the fact that he has a few stolen bases; speed is one of the biggest strengths of Puello.
In order to take advantage of his speed though, Puello will need to get on base more. Whether that means getting more hits or drawing more walks, at least one of the two will have to noticeably improve if Puello wants to continue to advance in the Mets' minor league system.
Stats: 1 GS, 5.0 IP, 4 H, 1 R, 0 ER, 1 BB, 7 K
Cory Mazzoni made one start in the past week but the statistics from that game were not reflected in Mazzoni's season statistics because the game itself got suspended and nothing from that game will become official until that particular game gets completed.
Hopefully, Mazzoni can continue his season without any more delays or interruptions because he is yet another Mets pitching prospect that offers a lot of hope and potential for the future.