Stock Up, Stock Down for Mets' Top 10 Prospects for Week 7
The Mets' inconsistencies still remain after a road trip to St. Louis and Chicago. After losing three of four to the Cardinals, the Mets took two of three against the Cubs. The pitching and offense continue to be inconsistent as well.
In the minor leagues, the Mets' farm teams continue to develop their prospects, or at least the players that are not on the disabled list.
Here is a look at how the Mets' top prospects have been doing the last week.
Stats: 8 GS, 43.1 IP, 40 H, 21 R, 18 ER, 18 BB, 47 K
Unfortunately for Zack Wheeler and the Mets, the Mets' top prospect injured his clavicle and missed his scheduled start this past week. Thankfully, an examination showed there was no structural damage to Wheeler's clavicle. Wheeler will probably get back to his regular pitching schedule in Triple-A Las Vegas.
With the Super Two cutoff June 15, the chance of Wheeler making his major league debut in middle-to-late June seems very likely. If and when it happens, it will be a very special moment for the Mets.
Stats: 12 G, .250 BA, 1 HR, 8 RBI, 12 BB, .901 OPS
Young catcher Travis d'Arnaud broke his left foot last month, according to ESPN's Adam Rubin.
D'Arnaud was off to a decent start this season, but the sample size is rather small to 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: 8 GS, 44.2 IP, 42 H, 15 R, 13 ER, 13 BB, 48 K
Noah Syndergaard pitched very well in his most recent start. In 6.2 innings pitched, he gave up two earned runs and seven hits. He didn't allow any walks and had 10 strikeouts. His season stats now include a 2-1 record, a 2.62 ERA and a 1.231 WHIP.
Syndergaard continues to be on a good pace for a Double-A Binghamton promotion later this season.
Stats: 23 G, .322 BA, 1 HR, 11 RBI, 2 SB, 12 BB, .854 OPS
Brandon Nimmo is yet another Mets prospect who will be on the disabled list for some time. Nimmo has not played since April 29 due to a hand contusion, but hopefully he will not be sidelined for too long.
Nimmo's season was off to a very good start with a .322 average and a .421 OBP in his first 23 games.
Gavin Cecchini was the Mets' 2012 first-round draft pick, but the young shortstop has yet to play because the Brooklyn Cyclones' season does not begin until June.
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Stats: 41 G, .271 BA, 4 HR, 27 RBI, 13 BB, .762 OPS
Wilmer Flores has continued his solid season with Triple-A Las Vegas. In the past week, he had six hits and two walks in 25 plate appearances.
Flores' splits between right-handed and left-handed pitchers has become more noticeable each week. He is batting just .230 with one home run and 14 RBI against right-handed pitching, but is hitting .339 with three home runs and 13 RBI against southpaws. His .618/1.006 OPS splits against right-handed and left-handed pitching shows even further how much more success Flores has had with lefties.
If Flores wants to emerge as an everyday infielder, as opposed to a platoon infielder, he will need to show more offensive production against righties. Furthermore, the major league opportunities for Flores just aren't there right now. With that being said, he could become valuable trade bait by July.
Stats: 8 GS, 46.2 IP, 40 H, 21 R, 18 ER, 6 BB, 54 K
Rafael Montero has continued his amazing season and will likely get a shot in Triple-A on Monday.
Montero has been promoted to Triple-A, apparently for a spot start, and will then return to Double-A, according to ESPN's Adam Rubin.
In his most recent start, Montero pitched six innings and gave up eight hits and two earned runs. He did not allow any walks and struck out six. His current strikeout/walk ratio is a remarkable 9/1.
Montero is now 4-3 with a 3.47 ERA and a 0.986 WHIP. His pinpoint control has been spectacular, especially when considering the fact that he is a power pitcher.
Montero just might be the Mets' secret weapon of the future, and once he gets to the major leagues, he could make the Mets' starting rotation that much better.
Stats: 6 GS, 30.2 IP, 23 H, 9 R, 9 ER, 10 BB, 26 K
In his most recent start, Hansel Robles lasted just four innings. He gave up four earned runs and four hits, with three walks and six strikeouts.
There should not be too much of a reason to worry because Robles was still somewhat effective with accumulating strikeouts, despite the struggles. He should be able to bounce back in his next start and continue to develop. His season numbers include a 3-1 record, a 2.64 ERA and a 1.076 WHIP.
Robles isn't as developed compared to some of the Mets' other pitching prospects, but with time Robles could possibly become another great starter for the Mets in the future.
Stats: 32 G, .292 BA, 5 HR, 24 RBI, 8 SB, 8 BB, .864 OPS
A top outfield prospect for the Mets, Cesar Puello has been raking at the plate. He added another home run, six RBI and two stolen bases in the past week.
Puello still has not shown more patience at the plate, with just eight walks this season. In order to take his game to the next level, Puello will have to be more patient.
On the flip side, Puello's OPS continues to rise each week, which is always good to see. Time will tell whether a promotion to Triple-A Las Vegas will happen later this season.
Stats: 4 GS, 20.0 IP, 25 H, 12 R, 8 ER, 3 BB, 18 K
Rounding out the list is Cory Mazzoni, whose most recent start was not particularly good. In 6.1 innings pitched, Mazzoni allowed five earned runs and 10 hits, while walking one and striking out four.
Because of his poor outing, Mazzoni is now 2-1 with a 3.60 ERA and a 1.400 WHIP. His overall season numbers are good and his recent start should not cause much concern at all. Hopefully, Mazzoni will stay healthy and keep developing.