The Mets' June struggles continued last week, with two losses in three games each against the Cardinals and Cubs at home. The Mets offense has looked flat, generally speaking, despite Marlon Byrd hitting very well lately with seven home runs in his last 14 games.
In the minors, the Mets' top prospects have continued to develop well. In fact, one of them will be making his major league debut this week. Who will it be? You will have to read on and see.
Here are this week's evaluations on the Mets' top prospects.
Stats: 13 GS, 68.2 IP, 61 H, 35 R, 30 ER, 27 BB, 73 K
In his final minor league start before his promotion, Wheeler suffered a tough luck loss, despite just giving one hit, which was a home run, plus two walks in the start. It seems that Wheeler will most likely stay in the Mets' rotation for the rest of the season, and it is unknown as to what kind of innings limit he may be on.
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.
Noah Syndergaard was acquired in the R.A. Dickey trade.
Stats: 12 GS, 63.2 IP, 61 H, 25 R, 22 ER, 16 BB, 64 K
Noah Syndergaard's season has continued to progress well. Despite giving up four runs and six hits in his last start, Syndergaard still found a way to get the win. For the season, Syndergaard is 3-3 with a 3.11 ERA and a 1.209 WHIP.
Stats: 42 G, .302 BA, 1 HR, 21 RBI, 2 SB, 23 BB, .824 OPS
Brandon Nimmo has cooled off the past week, but still has six hits in his last 30 at-bats and is batting a very respectable .302 for the season. The power has not arrived yet, but hopefully it will become more present in the second half of the season.
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 17.
Please check back next week to see how Cecchini's first week of the season went.
Stats: 66 G, .308 BA, 7 HR, 52 RBI, 16 BB, .837 OPS
Wilmer Flores' hot streak at the plate has continued, with a .390 average, three home runs and 12 RBI in his last 10 games. Flores' OBP is a respectable .349, despite not drawing too many walks.
Flores did not happen to get rewarded with a major league promotion, following Ike Davis' demotion. However, this does not mean that a potential September call-up is out of the question. It's quite likely that may happen.
Stats: 13 GS, 78.2 IP, 62 H, 28 R, 21 ER, 11 BB, 84 K
Rafael Montero recently got a well deserved promotion to Triple-A Las Vegas. In his first start at the new level, Montero threw five-and-one-third innings, but struggled and gave up five runs (one earned) and seven hits while taking a no-decision.
Between Double-A and Triple-A, Montero is 7-4 with a 2.40 ERA and a 0.928 WHIP. It's definitely possible that Montero could eventually make his major league debut later this season as a September call-up. Time will tell whether that ends up happening.
Stats: 7 GS, 34.2 IP, 27 H, 13 R, 13 ER, 13 BB, 32 K
Hansel Robles unfortunately has not pitched since May 19 and has been on the disabled list since May 22. It is unknown when Robles will return. He is 3-2 with a 3.38 ERA and a 1.154 WHIP this season.
Stats: 52 G, .326 BA, 13 HR, 46 RBI, 17 SB, 14 BB, 1.007 OPS
As if being named in the Biogenesis PED scandal was not enough to put a dent into what has been a great season for Cesar Puello, the fact that Puello has not played since June 11 after suffering a hand injury certainly adds injury to insult.
It is unknown as to when Puello will be healthy, but hopefully he will be able to keep hitting by then.
Stats: 8 GS, 43.2 IP, 48 H, 29 R, 21 ER, 12 BB, 46 K
After two solid starts, Cory Mazzoni pitched poorly in his most recent starts. That day, he gave up five runs (four earned) and eight hits. He ended up taking the loss.
For the year, Mazzoni is 2-2 with a 4.33 ERA and a 1.374 WHIP. This has certainly not been the most consistent season for Mazzoni, who will look to pitch better in the second half.