Stock Up, Stock Down for Mets' Top 10 Prospects for Week 5
As the calendar turned to May, the Mets continued their inconsistent play that they displayed the past few years. At times, the offense and pitching have been there, but in other games, the Mets have simply looked flat. In the past two weeks, the Mets have struggled against teams such as the Dodgers, Phillies, Marlins and Braves.
In the minor leagues, some of the Mets' prospects have been playing better, while others have had slumps. Here is a look at how the Mets' top prospects have been doing the last week.
All statistics are from baseballreference.com/minors and are current as of May 5.
Stats: 6 GS, 30.0 IP, 31 H,19 R, 16 ER, 16 BB, 36 K
Although he has pitched better his last two starts, Zack Wheeler had a rough stretch in the middle of April, which has led to a 1-1 record and a 4.80 ERA.
Not surprisingly, Wheeler has struggled at home in Las Vegas' thinner air, which certainly favors hitters. Once Wheeler gets called up, he will pitch at the more pitcher-friendly Citi Field and should be able to pitch better at home. Nonetheless, because he has not pitched as well as expected, it would be fair for one to be concerned about Wheeler.
Stats: 12 G, .250 BA, 1 HR, 8 RBI, 12 BB, .901 OPS
Unfortunately for the Mets and Travis d'Arnaud, the young catcher suffered a recent foot injury, according to Adam Rubin of ESPN.
D'Arnaud had gotten off to a decent start this season, but the sample size is rather small to really judge how well he has been doing. D'Arnaud's eventual promotion to the Mets will most likely get delayed until later in the season, but hopefully he will be able to get past this injury and stay healthier in the future.
Stats: 6 GS, 31.0 IP, 31 H, 12 R, 10 ER, 12 BB, 31 K
Noah Syndergaard's first month of the 2013 season has gone very well. He is 1-1 with a 2.90 ERA in six starts. His walks may be a bit concerning, but he is still getting a lot of strikeouts to make up for it.
Look for Syndergaard to get a possible promotion to Double-A Binghamton later in the season if he keeps pitching well.
Stats: 23 G, .322 BA, 1 HR, 11 RBI, 2 SB, 12 BB, .854 OPS
Brandon Nimmo has continued to hit well for Single-A Savannah this year. His .421 OBP shows that he has been getting on base through base hits and walks. The power still has not arrived, but soon enough it will show.
Nimmo continues to be on a good pace to possibly get promoted to Single-A St. Lucie later this season.
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.
Please check back in the future.
Stats: 28 G, .273 BA, 1 HR, 18 RBI, 9 BB, .725 OPS
Wilmer Flores' first month of the 2013 season has been solid overall, but has not exceeded expectations by any means. His .325 OBP is respectable, but Flores has never been the most patient hitter. That being said, it would be nice if he could draw more walks.
The only way Flores would have a chance to get a major league call-up would be if David Wright or Ike Davis were to suffer a serious injury. Hopefully, such a scenario will not occur any time soon.
Stats: 6 GS, 34.1 IP, 29 H, 16 R, 13 ER, 4 BB, 40 K
Rafael Montero got off to such a great start this season. It should be no surprise that he finally cooled off a bit, even though he has still had an amazing season.
Montero is 3-2 with a 3.41 ERA and a 0.961 WHIP. His 10-1 strikeout-to-walk ratio is spectacular and the Mets could really be in for a special talent if Montero continues to pitch this well.
Montero certainly looks like he will get promoted to Triple-A Las Vegas at his curent rate. A future rotation of Matt Harvey, Zack Wheeler, Jon Niese, Noah Syndergaard and Rafael Montero could be very exciting for any Mets fan to picture. Despite Harvey, Wheeler and Syndergaard all having more notable attention than Montero, Montero could possibly be the best of the four down the road. It will be interesting to see how that all plays out years from now.
Stats: 4 GS, 21.2 IP, 17 H, 6 R, 6 ER, 6 BB, 16 K
Hansel Robles has not made a start since April because of a current stint on the disabled list. Robles was hurt during his first start of the season, so if there was still pain lingering from that night, that could definitely have contributed to why Robles is now on the disabled list.
Hopefully when Robles is healthy, he will be able to continue to pitch well for Single-A St. Lucie.
Stats: 19 G, .284 BA, 1 HR, 11 RBI, 6 SB, 5 BB, .775 OPS
Cesar Puello has improved from a middle April slump and is hitting better now. He has still struggled to draw a significant number of walks, but that could possibly improve later in the season. For now, Puello is getting more hits and is still stealing bases at an above-average rate.
Time will tell whether Puello gets promoted to Triple-A Las Vegas. If Puello's OPS continues to improve, a promotion could definitely be more likely sometime this summer.
Stats: 1 GS, 5.0 IP, 4 H, 1 R, 0 ER, 1 BB, 7 K
Cory Mazzoni has unfortunately been on the disabled list since the middle of April, due to a right elbow injury, and has made only one start this season. It is unknown when Mazzoni will be activated.