The New York Mets' first full week of their second half of the 2013 season did not go particularly well.
After splitting a four-game series with two wins over the Atlanta Braves, the Mets lost three of four to the Washington Nationals. The Mets are not looking like a favorite by any means to get to the postseason this year, but they are not completely out of the picture just yet. A late-season run could still be possible.
Down on the farm, the Mets' top prospects have been starting the second halves of their own seasons and will look to finish on a high note. Here are this week's evaluations of the Mets' top prospects.
2013 Stats: .294/.431/.490, 7 2B, 1 HR, 13 RBI, 16 R
Overview: On July 24, Travis d'Arnaud finally made his long-awaited return from his foot injury. He has hit in all four games he has played in this month, although it has been with the Gulf Coast Mets. His stint there should not last too long. Within a week or two, d'Arnaud should find his way back to the Triple-A Las Vegas 51's. It's also possible that d'Arnaud could be a September call-up for the Mets.
Last Week's Stats: 6-for-15, 2 2B, 5 RBI, 4 R
2013 Stats: 19 GS, 7-3, 2.80 ERA, 24 BB, 110 K, 99.2 IP
Overview: Noah Syndergaard has continued to pitch very well this season. He is 7-3 with a 2.80 ERA and a strikeout-to-walk ratio that is greater than 4-to-1. He has been very dominant in Double-A Binghamton and looks on track to possibly make his MLB debut sometime in 2014. At just 20 years old, Syndergaard could be a very special talent for the Mets.
Last Week's Stats: 2 GS, 2-0, 11 IP, 5 H, 3 ER, 1 BB, 15 K
2013 Stats: .259/.369/.343, 8 2B, 6 3B, 1 HR, 25 RBI, 43 R, 4 SB
Overview: Brandon Nimmo still has yet to show signs that he has broken out of his long slump, one that includes a .196 average after the All-Star break. With just one home run for the year, Nimmo simply has not shown any power this season. If he can find a way to hit well at the end of the season, it would be nice to see.
Last Week's Stats: 5-for-9, 1 RBI, 2 R
2013 Stats: .242/.284/.290, 3 2B, 3 RBI, 5 R, 2 SB
Overview: Gavin Cecchini returned from his ankle injury on July 27, but has been gone just 1-for-8 since. That has brought Cecchini's already-poor OPS down to just .574. His season so far has not been particularly good at all, but it would be a good sign if Cecchini can start to hit well for the rest of the season.
Last Week's Stats: 1-for-8
2013 Stats: .322/.357/.540, 35 2B, 4 3B, 14 HR, 81 RBI, 65 R, 1 SB
Overview: After returning from an ankle injury own on July 23, Wilmer Flores has continued to produce at the plate. Flores leads the Pacific Coast League with 81 RBI and has a .322 average with 14 home runs. He has been having his best season thus far and could become useful trade bait if the Mets decide to move him.
Last Week's Stats: 4-for-16, 1 2B, 3 RBI, 4 R
2013 Stats: 20 GS, 9-5, 3.25 ERA, 26 BB, 106 K, 110.2 IP
Overview: Rafael Montero's season has been progressing in a good way. In his most recent start, he pitched as well as he has since his promotion to Triple-A Las Vegas. He allowed three earned runs and five hits in six innings. He also walked three, but only struck out one, which was low compared to some of his other starts. Montero continues to improve and could potentially be in the mix for the Mets' 2014 starting rotation.
Last Week's Stats: 1 GS, 6 IP, 3 ER, 5 H, 3 BB, 1 K
2013 Stats: 13 GS, 4-3, 3.72 ERA, 20 BB, 53 K, 59.2 IP
Overview: Despite pitching five scoreless innings, Hansel Robles ended up with a tough-luck no-decision in his last start. He also allowed two walks and struck out four. Robles is 4-3 on the season with a 3.72 ERA.
Last Week's Stats: 1 GS, 5.2 IP, 0 ER, 2 H, 2 BB, 4 K
2013 Stats: .334/.411/.563, 20 2B, 2 3B, 16 HR, 73 RBI, 60 R, 23 SB
Overview: Cesar Puello's remarkable season has shown no signs of cooling down. Puello is batting .387 in his last 10 games with a .524 OBP and a .548 slugging percentage. It remains to be seen whether Puello will get promoted to Triple-A Las Vegas later this season, but for now, Puello should be able to continue to produce against Double-A pitching.
Last Week's Stats: 7-for-19, 1 2B, 3 RBI, 3 R, 1 SB
2013 Stats: 11 GS, 5-3, 4.29 ERA, 18 BB, 71 K, 63.0 IP
Overview: Cory Mazzoni 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
2013 Stats: .256/.362/.395, 6 2B, 2 HR, 14 RBI, 10 R, 1 SB
Overview: Mets' 2013 first-round pick Dominic Smith joins the weekly analysis. A left-handed hitter with power, Smith has a 2.56 average, two home runs and 14 RBI. While his start with the Gulf Coast Mets was not the best, Smith could definitely keep progressing at a good rate in the future.
Last Week's Stats: 6-for-17, 2 2B, 1 RBI, 3 R, 1 SB