Stock Up, Stock Down for Mets' Top 10 Prospects for Week 14
This past week for the Mets was one of their better weeks this season. After splitting a four-game series at home against the Diamondbacks, the Mets won two out of three in Milwaukee against the Brewers. First baseman Ike Davis made his return to the big leagues versus the Brewers after spending nearly a month in the minor leagues.
Speaking of the minor leagues, the Mets' affiliates are also close to their own All-Star breaks. Here are this week's evaluations on the Mets' top prospects.
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2013 Stats: .250/.429/.472, 5 2B, 1 HR, 8 RBI, 12 R
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. His eventual promotion to the Mets will most likely get delayed until later in the season, but hopefully d'Arnaud will be able to get past this injury and stay healthier in the future.
In June, d'Arnaud had gotten cleared to do physical activities as he works towards hopefully getting back on the playing field later this season.
Last Week's Stats: N/A
Noah Syndergaard was acquired in the R.A. Dickey trade.
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2013 Stats: 15 GS, 5-3, 2.76 ERA, 20 BB, 87 K, 81.2 IP
In just his third start at Double-A Binghamton, top pitching prospect Noah Syndergaard threw seven innings in which he allowed three unearned runs and eight hits, with one walk and seven strikeouts. Syndergaard now spots a 2-0 record and a 1.50 ERA with the Binghamton Mets.
Syndergaard was also selected recently to participate in the 2013 MLB Futures Game for Team USA.
Last Week's Stats: 1 GS, 1-0, 7 IP, 8 H, 0 ER, 1 BB, 7 K
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2013 Stats: .263/.365/.357, 8 2B, 5 3B, 1 HR, 23 RBI, 37 R, 4 SB
Despite making the MLB Futures Game, Brandon Nimmo's struggles at the plate are still ongoing. He has three hits in his last 22 at-bats and has not hit a home run since April. Hopefully, Nimmo will have a big second half to make up for his subpar season thus far.
Last Week's Stats: 3-for-22, 1 RBI, 2 R
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2013 Stats: .259/.305/.315, 3 2B, 3 RBI, 5 R, 2 SB
While not appearing in any games since July 3, Gavin Cecchini's season has not exactly improved this past week. Cecchini's OBP has fallen to just .305, while his slugging percentage is a mere .315. Cecchini will need to perform better down the stretch in order to get a possible promotion to another Mets' Single-A affiliate.
Last Week's Stats: 1-for-6, 1 R, 1 SB
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2013 Stats: .317/.356/.515, 30 2B, 4 3B, 10 HR, 68 RBI, 53 R, 1 SB
Wilmer Flores has continued to hit very well this past week. He now has a .317 average and 30 doubles already this season. While the walk rate still has yet to improve, Flores has been flat out raking at the plate, with a .357 average and a .413 OBP in his last 10 games.
Flores should certainly be in line for a late-season major league promotion by September.
Last Week's Stats: 12-for-29, 5 2B, 5 RBI, 5 R, 3 BB
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2013 Stats: 17 GS, 8-5, 3.13 ERA, 120 BB, 99 K, 97.2 IP
After allowing four earned runs and seven hits in his second-most-recent start, Montero settled down his last start and gave up two earned runs and eight hits as he picked up his eighth win of the season.
Montero was recently named as one of the participants for the 2013 MLB Futures Game next weekend.
Last Week's Stats: 2 GS, 11 IP, 6 ER, 15 H, 4 BB, 7 K
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2013 Stats: 10 GS, 3-3, 3.62 ERA, 17 BB, 42 K, 49.2 IP
In his most recent start, Hansel Robles took a no-decision and gave up two earned runs and nine hits in 4.1 innings pitched. Hopefully, Robles' inconsistent first half will turn into a much smoother second half.
Robles is now 3-3 with a 3.62 ERA and 42 strikeouts for the season.
Last Week's Stats: 1 GS, 4.1 IP, 2 ER, 9 H, 2 BB, 5 K
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2013 Stats: .323/.384/.575, 15 2B, 2 3B, 15 HR, 55 RBI, 52 R, 19 SB
Cesar Puello has cooled off a bit recently at the plate, with just four hits in his last 22 at-bats. However, this was bound to happen at some point with how hot Puello was at the plate through most of June.
Puello still has a nice .323 average and is certainly a threat to get over 25 home runs and 25 stolen bases this season.
Last Week's Stats: 4-for-22, 2 2B, 1 HR, 6 RBI, 1 R, 1 SB
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2013 Stats: 11 GS, 4-3, 4.38 ERA,18 BB, 70 K, 61.2 IP
Cory Mazzoni struggled in his last start, in which he took the loss. He gave up six runs (five earned) and nine hits, while walking three and striking out six.
With a 4-3 record and a 4.38 ERA, Mazzoni will look to pitch better in the second half.
Last Week's Stats: 1 GS, 6 IP, 5 ER, 9 H, 3 BB, 6 K
Paul DePodesta is the Mets' Vice President of player development and amateur scouting.
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2013 Stats: 14 GS, 2-4, 3.76 ERA, 34 BB, 58 K, 64.2 IP
In his most recent outing, Domingo Tapia ended up with a no-decision despite pitching 6.2 shutout innings and only allowing two hits. Tapia though struggled with his control, which was evident because he allowed four walks that day. Hopefully, Tapia can gain better control of his pitches and have a strong second half.
Last Week's Stats: 1 GS, 6.2 IP, 0 ER, 2 H, 4 BB, 5 K