Stock Up, Stock Down for Mets' Top 10 Prospects for Week 8
The Mets need to figure out some way to be able to win more games and at least one possible solution could from the minor leagues. Here are this week's evaluations of each of the Mets' top 10 prospects.
Stats: 9 GS, 48.1 IP, 45 H, 24 R, 21 ER, 20 BB, 49 K
In his most recent start for Triple-A Las Vegas, Zack Wheeler got his third win despite allowing three earned runs and five hits in five innings. Wheeler's ERA currently stands at 3.91, with a 1.345 WHIP.
With the Super Two cutoff looming in the middle of June, the chance of Wheeler making his major league debut by then seems very likely. If and when it happens, it will be a very special moment for the Mets, who will look to take their next step forward with another future cornerstone pitcher in the fold.
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: 9 GS, 50.1 IP, 49 H, 19 R, 16 ER, 15 BB, 52 K
Noah Syndergaard struggled and took the loss in his last start by giving up three earned runs and seven hits in 5.2 innings pitched. Syndergaard is now 2-2 and his ERA and WHIP for the season currently stand at 2.86 and 1.272, respectively.
Despite his most recent start not being particularly successful, 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: 46 G, .274 BA, 4 HR, 29 RBI, 14 BB, .770 OPS
Wilmer Flores has certainly continued to hit recently, with eight hits in his last 24 at-bats. Despite only having three RBI and one walk in the past week, Flores has shown that he could be ready for major league action in the near future.
The chances of Flores making his major league debut with the Mets this year have suddenly increased a lot, thanks to the struggles of first baseman Ike Davis. If Davis were to get demoted in the near future, Flores would likely be Davis' replacement at first base.
Lucas Duda and Daniel Murphy both have significant experience at first base, but it would make more sense to keep them in left field and second base, respectively. Time will tell whether Davis actually gets demoted, but if it happens, look for Flores to get promoted.
Stats: 9 GS, 52.2 IP, 44 H, 21 R, 18 ER, 8 BB, 62 K
Rafael Montero recently made a spot start for Triple-A Las Vegas in which he took the loss despite giving up two runs and four hits in 6.2 innings. He then returned back to Double-A Binghamton and got his fifth victory while allowing no runs and just four hits in six innings pitched.
Montero is now 5-3 with a 3.08 ERA and a stellar 0.996 WHIP for Double-A Binghamton. At the rate he has been pitching, he will very likely stay in Triple-A Las Vegas the next time he gets called up there.
Stats: 7 GS, 34.2 IP, 27 H, 13 R, 13 ER, 13 BB, 32 K
Hansel Robles' recent struggles continued in his last start. In four innings pitched, he allowed four earned runs, four hits and three walks, while striking out six. Robles has now struggled to get past four innings in each of his last two starts.
Despite his poor recent performance though, Robles is 3-2 with a 3.38 ERA and a 1.154 WHIP in seven starts.
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: 40 G, .301 BA, 7 HR, 28 RBI, 11 SB, 10 BB, .899 OPS
Cesar Puello has remained red hot at the plate in the past week with eight hits in his last 28 at-bats. Puello is currently on a great pace to set new career-highs in home runs and RBI in particular with what has become his best offensive season so far.
Time will tell whether a promotion to Triple-A Las Vegas will happen later this season for Puello.
Stats: 5 GS, 25.0 IP, 31 H, 17 R, 13 ER, 7 BB, 20 K
Like Robles, Cory Mazzoni's most recent start was not too much better than his previous effort. In five innings pitched, Mazzoni gave up five earned runs and six hits, but ended up with a no-decision.
Mazzoni's season numbers have gotten worse, with a 2-1 record, a 4.68 ERA and a 1.520 WHIP. Hopefully, Mazzoni can bounce back in his next start and get his pitching back on track.