Stock Up, Stock Down for Mets' Top 10 Prospects
The New York Mets have been very inconsistent in the past week. After splitting a four-game series with the Miami Marlins, the Mets returned home and lost two out of three games against the Kansas City Royals. The first two games against the Royals both went into extra innings, which has increased the Mets' season total of extra-inning games to 15 thus far.
Down on the farm, the Mets' top prospects have roughly one more month left in their seasons. Some may get called up by the Mets in September when the rosters expand, while others get ready to prepare for the 2014 season. Here are this week's evaluations of the Mets' top prospects.
2013 Stats: .263/.374/.461, 9 2B, 2 HR, 15 RBI, 18 R
Travis d'Arnaud is working his way back up after returning from a foot injury that has sidelined him for most of the season. d'Arnaud is currently playing for Double-A Binghamton and could soon find himself in Triple-A Las Vegas later in the month.
However, with Mets' starting catcher John Buck going on paternity leave soon, it's possible that the Mets may promote d'Arnaud in Buck's absence, even if it only lasts a few days. Regardless, the chance that d'Arnaud gets called up in September is very high and it will be exciting to see what he can do at the major league level.
Last Week's Stats: 4-for-18, 1 2B, 1 HR, 2 RBI, 2 R
2013 Stats: 20 GS, 8-3, 2.67 ERA, 25 BB, 113 K, 104.2 IP
Noah Syndergaard turned in yet another great outing in his most recent start. Syndergaard threw five scoreless innings and allowed just two hits. Since being promoted to Double-A Binghamton, he has a 5-0 record with a 1.98 ERA.
Syndergaard will most likely finish out the season at the same level, but there is every reason to believe that he could compete for a spot on the 2014 Opening Day rotation during Spring Training.
Last Week's Stats: 1 GS, 1-0, 5 IP, 2 H, 1 BB, 3 K
2013 Stats: .249/.367/.332, 10 2B, 6 3B, 1 HR, 28 RBI, 47 R, 4 SB
With less than a month to go in his season, Brandon Nimmo still has not broken out of his long slump. In his last 10 games, Nimmo is batting just .147 and has not hit a home run or gotten any stolen bases in quite some time. To Nimmo's credit, he has drawn eight walks in the past week, so it shows that he is still very patient at the plate. Hopefully, more of the balls Nimmo puts in play become hits instead of outs.
Last Week's Stats: 4-for-27, 2 2B, 3 RBI, 4 R
2013 Stats: .250/.286/.304, 5 2B, 7 RBI, 8 R, 2 SB
Gavin Cecchini has not had a particularly impressive season of his own with the Single-A Brooklyn Cyclones. Cecchini is batting just .237 in his last 10 games and has yet to go on a real hot streak at the plate this season. With his season starting to wind down, it would be great to see Cecchini have a more productive finish.
Last Week's Stats: 8-for-30, 2 2B, 4 RBI, 8 R
2013 Stats: .322/.358/.532, 35 2B, 4 3B, 15 HR, 86 RBI, 68 R, 1 SB
With his 22nd birthday coming on August 6, Wilmer Flores has continued to have a breakout season in the minor leagues. A .322 average, 15 home runs and 86 RBI is something that should make Mets fans excited for the future. The only problem is that once he makes it to the major leagues, it may be difficult for the Mets to find a permanent spot for him.
However, with David Wright now on the disabled list with a hamstring injury, it's possible that the Mets could call up Flores in the coming weeks until Wright is healthy. But even if that never happens, Flores seems like an easy choice to get promoted in September when the major league rosters expand.
Last Week's Stats: 9-for-24, 1 HR, 5 RBI, 5 R
2013 Stats: 22 GS, 10-6, 3.10 ERA, 29 BB, 106 K, 117 IP
Rafael Montero has settled down in Triple-A Las Vegas and has been pitching a lot better recently. In his second-to-last start, Montero allowed two earned runs and six hits in six innings pitched, which was followed by an eight-inning effort in which Montero allowed one earned run and four hits in eight innings pitched. Montero will probably finish out the season in the minor leagues, but he should become a big addition to the Mets' roster in 2014.
Last Week's Stats: 2 GS, 14 IP, 3 ER, 10 H, 3 BB, 11 K
2013 Stats: 13 GS, 5-3, 3.68 ERA, 20 BB, 57 K, 69.1 IP
Hansel Robles made his first relief appearance of the season this week. He got the win by pitching out of the bullpen for four innings while allowing two runs and six hits. He also had four strikeouts for the day. Robles is now 5-3 with a 3.68 ERA for the season. Robles will very likely finish out the season with Class-A St. Lucie as he keeps developing.
Last Week's Stats: 0 GS, 1-0, 4.0 IP, 2 ER, 6 H, 4 K
2013 Stats: .328/.405/.550, 21 2B, 2 3B, 16 HR, 73 RBI, 63 R, 24 SB
Cesar Puello has continued to hit in what has been a great season for him, despite struggling in the past week. Puello is batting .286 in his last 10 games and is currently second in batting in the Eastern League. Puello is also tied for seventh in home runs, is third in RBI, tied for fourth in stolen bases and is second to teammate Alan Dykstra in OPS.
Last Week's Stats: 0-for-9
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 again before the season ends.
Last Week's Stats: N/A
2013 Stats: .238/.360/.356, 6 2B, 2 HR, 14 RBI, 11 R, 1 SB
The Mets' 2013 first-round pick, Dominic Smith, has been playing for the Gulf Coast Mets since being drafted in June. He is off to a slow start, with just a .238 average to go along with two home runs and 14 RBI. Hopefully, Smith can start hitting well down the stretch before the season ends. It would be great to see a glimpse of what kind of potential Smith really has.
Last Week's Stats: 2-for-15, 1 R