Stock Up, Stock Down for Mets' Top 10 Prospects for Week 16

Shale BriskinContributor IIIJuly 22, 2013

Stock Up, Stock Down for Mets' Top 10 Prospects for Week 16

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    The Mets just concluded one of the most significant weeks of their season. It started with the annual All-Star Game festivities that the Mets themselves were hosting, which included Fan Fest, the Futures Game, the Legends & Celebrity Softball Game, Home Run Derby and the All-Star Game itself.

    David Wright participated in the Home Run Derby, but did not advance past the first round. In the All-Star Game, Wright had one hit in three at-bats, while teammate Matt Harvey pitched two scoreless innings to start the game for the National League.

    After a two-day break, the Mets began the second half of the season against the Phillies and won two of the three games of the series.

    Down on the farm, some of the Mets' prospects were able to showcase their talents at the Futures Game, while others made the All-Star teams of their own respective leagues. Here are this week's evaluations on the Mets' top prospects.

     

    All statistics are from baseballreference.com/minors and are current as of July 21. Statistics from specific games are from http://www.milb.com/index.jsp and are current as of July 21.

Travis D'Arnaud

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    2013 Stats: .250/.429/.472, 5 2B, 1 HR, 8 RBI, 12 R

     

    Overview:

    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.

    D'Arnaud should be ready to play very soon, according to USA Today. Assuming all goes well, d'Arnaud should be able to make his long awaited major league debut as a September call-up.

     

    Last Week's Stats: N/A

     

    Stock: Even

Noah Syndergaard

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    2013 Stats: 17 GS, 5-3, 2.84 ERA, 23 BB, 95 K, 88.2 IP

     

    Overview

    Noah Syndergaard last week got the opportunity to pitch in the 2013 MLB Futures Game. He started the game for Team USA and threw a scoreless first inning. He allowed one hit and had one strikeout.

    Later that week, Syndergaard returned to the Double-A Binghamton Mets, where he threw five innings in his most recent start. He allowed three earned runs, seven hits and three walks while striking out five. Syndergaard took a no-decision in that start.

    Although Syndergaard did not pitch particularly well in his last start, his performance at the Futures Game certainly gave more viewers a look at the amazing potential Syndergaard really has. With that being said, it would not be particularly fair to lower Syndergaard's stock when considering his Futures Game performance.

     

    Last Week's Stats: 1 GS, 0-0, 5 IP, 7 H, 3 ER, 3 BB, 5 K

     

    Stock: Even

Brandon Nimmo

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    2013 Stats: .259/.363/.349, 8 2B, 6 3B, 1 HR, 24 RBI, 41 R, 4 SB

     

    Overview:

    Brandon Nimmo was another Mets representative at the Futures Game. Nimmo did not start the game but came in later on to play left field. Nimmo was hitless in two at-bats that day.

    After returning to the Single-A Savannah Sand Gnats, Nimmo has gotten five hits in 21 at-bats, including a triple, two runs scored and one RBI. Nimmo has yet to go on a second half surge, but hopefully it will happen soon.

     

    Last Week's Stats: 5-for-21, 1 3B, 1 RBI, 2 R

     

    Stock: Down

Gavin Cecchini

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    2013 Stats: .259/.305/.315, 3 2B, 3 RBI, 5 R, 2 SB

     

    Overview:

    Gavin Cecchini still has not played in a game since July 3, due to an ankle injury. Hopefully, Cecchini can get healthy and continue to develop through the Mets' minor league system later this season.

     

    Last Week's Stats: N/A

     

    Stock: Even

Wilmer Flores

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    2013 Stats: .321/.357/.528, 33 2B, 4 3B, 12 HR, 75 RBI, 58 R, 1 SB

     

    Overview:

    Wilmer Flores has been having a great season and was named to the Triple-A All-Star Game. However, he did not end up playing in the game due to an ankle injury. Flores last played in a game on July 13. Hopefully, he will get healthy before August, being that he could be a valuable trade chip in any potential trades the Mets make before the trade deadline.

     

    Last Week's Stats: N/A

     

    Stock: Even

Rafael Montero

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    2013 Stats: 19 GS, 8-5, 3.18 ERA, 23 BB, 105 K, 104.2 IP

     

    Overview:

    Rafael Montero was the Mets' third participant in the 2013 MLB Futures Game. Montero started the game for the World team. He threw a scoreless first inning and did not give up any hits.

    In his most recent minor league start, Montero allowed four runs (three earned) and seven hits in four innings pitched with three walks and four strikeouts. He took a no-decision that day. Montero will look to have a very successful second half with a September call-up to the Mets still possible.

     

    Last Week's Stats: 1 GS, 5 IP, 3 ER, 7 H, 3 BB, 4 K

     

    Stock: Even

Hansel Robles

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    2013 Stats: 12 GS, 4-3, 4.07 ERA, 18 BB, 49 K, 59.2 IP

     

    Overview:

    Hansel Robles got his first win since May in his last start while allowing three earned runs and seven hits. It was also the first start in which Robles pitched for at least five innings. The fact that Robles is now pitching deeper than before is a good sign that he is doing well and staying healthy.

     

    Last Week's Stats: 1 GS, 5.2 IP, 3 ER, 7 H, 0 BB, 4 K

     

    Stock: Up

Cesar Puello

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    2013 Stats: .332/.401/.571, 20 2B, 2 3B, 16 HR, 70 RBI, 60 R, 23 SB

     

    Overview:

    Cesar Puello's great season has continued to improve and reveal promise. In his last 10 games, Puello is batting .361 with one home run, 12 RBI and four stolen bases.

    For his performance, Puello was selected as a Double A All-Star this year. It will be fascinating to see how well Puello does in the second half of this season.

     

    Last Week's Stats: 8-for-21, 5 2B, 1 HR, 8 RBI, 5 R, 3 SB

     

    Stock: Up

Cory Mazzoni

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    2013 Stats: 11 GS, 5-3, 4.29 ERA, 18 BB, 71 K, 63.0 IP

     

    Overview:

    Cory Mazzoni, unfortunately, has not pitched since July 3 due to a leg injury. It's been a tough season for Mazzoni and his health, because he had already spent time on the disabled list with an arm injury. Hopefully, Mazzoni will get healthy and will be able to pitch well down the stretch.

     

    Last Week's Stats: N/A

     

    Stock: Even

Domingo Tapia

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    2013 Stats: 16 GS, 2-5, 3.82 ERA, 39 BB, 66 K, 73.0 IP

     

    Overview:

    Domingo Tapia struggled in his most recent start and was out of the game in less than two full innings. Tapia had allowed two runs (one earned) and three hits.

    Tapia is now 2-5 with a 3.82 ERA for the season. The walks are a bit concerning, and in order to really move up the ranks of the Mets' minor league system, Tapia will have to significantly improve his control issues. Tapia will probably spend the rest of the season with the Single-A St. Lucie Mets, but a promotion to Double-A Binghamton is still possible later on.

     

    Last Week's Stats: 1 GS, 1.2 IP, 1 ER, 3 H, 4 BB, 1 K

     

    Stock: Down