Stock Up, Stock Down for Mets' Top 10 Prospects for Week 19
The past week has had the Mets playing some of their best baseball this year. After sweeping the Rockies at home, the Mets began a long West Coast road trip by winning two of three in Arizona against the Diamondbacks.
One significant moment for the Mets was seeing the major league debut of infielder Wilmer Flores. Since his debut, Flores has hit one home run and driven in nine RBI in six games. He most likely will not be the last top prospect to debut for the Mets this year.
Here are this week's evaluations of the Mets' top prospects.
2013 Stats: .280/.404/.494, 9 2B, 1 3B, 2 HR, 16 RBI, 22 R
Travis d'Arnaud recently was promoted to Triple-A Las Vegas after just seven games at Double-A Binghamton. The main reason why was so d'Arnaud would be closer for when he eventually gets called up to replace John Buck, who will be going on paternity leave. Within the next week, d'Arnaud should be making his much-anticipated major league debut.
Last Week's Stats: 6-for-17, 3 2B, 1 3B, 1 RBI, 4 R
2013 Stats: 21 GS, 8-3, 2.54 ERA, 26 BB, 118 K, 109.2 IP
Noah Syndergaard's stretch of dominance with Double-A Binghamton continues. Despite taking a no-decision in his most recent start, Syndergaard pitched five scoreless innings while allowing just two hits, one walk and striking out five.
Syndergaard lowered his ERA to 1.76 at the Double-A level and 2.54 for all leagues combined. He will most likely finish out the season at the same level, but there is every reason to believe that he could compete in spring training for a spot in the 2014 Opening Day rotation.
Last Week's Stats: 1 GS, 0-0, 5 IP, 2 H, 1 BB, 5 K
2013 Stats: .270/.385/.362, 12 2B, 6 3B, 2 HR, 33 RBI, 50 R, 5 SB
Brandon Nimmo's long slump may finally have come to an end. Nimmo is currently batting .371 in his last 10 games with two doubles, one home run, seven RBI and a .511 OBP to show for.
Nimmo's average is up to .270. Hopefully, he can keep hitting like this through the remainder of the season. It's nice to see Nimmo getting his swing back.
Last Week's Stats: 12-for-27, 2 2B, 1 HR, 5 RBI, 3 R
2013 Stats: .282/.315/.342, 7 2B, 9 RBI, 9 R, 2 SB
Like Brandon Nimmo, Gavin Cecchini's bat was cold for a long time, but it has finally woken up.
Cecchini is batting .395 in his last 10 games with four doubles, five RBI and four runs scored. It's great to see Cecchini start to hit well, even with his season winding down. Hopefully, Cecchini can keep hitting well so that his season ends on a good note.
Last Week's Stats: 10-for-25, 2 2B, 2 RBI, 2 R
2013 Stats: 23 GS, 11-6, 3.01 ERA, 31 BB, 126 K, 131.2 IP
Rafael Montero has continued to pitch well for Triple-A Las Vegas in recent times. In his last start, Montero allowed one run and two hits over seven innings. He also allowed two walks and had nine strikeouts. Montero is 11-6 with a 3.01 ERA for the season. 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: 1 GS, 7 IP, 1 ER, 2 H, 2 BB, 9 K
2013 Stats: 14 GS, 5-3, 3.94 ERA, 24 BB, 61 K, 75.1 IP
Hansel Robles struggled in his most recent start. He allowed four earned runs and seven hits across six innings. He struggled with his control as well, allowing four walks.
Robles is 5-3 with a 3.94 ERA for the season. He will very likely finish out with Class-A St. Lucie as he keeps developing.
Last Week's Stats: 1 GS, 7 IP, 4 ER, 7 H, 4 BB, 4 K
2013 Stats: 12 GS, 5-3, 4.36 ERA, 19 BB, 74 K, 66.0 IP
Overview: Cory Mazzoni has not pitched since July 3 due to a leg injury. It's been a tough season for Mazzoni, who had already spent time on the disabled list with an arm injury. Hopefully, Mazzoni will get healthy and be able to pitch again before the season ends.
Last Week's Stats: N/A
2013 Stats: .242/.352/.375, 7 2B, 3 HR, 16 RBI, 12 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 .242 average to go along with three home runs and 16 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 he really has.
Last Week's Stats: 5-for-19, 1 2B, 1 HR, 2 RBI, 1 R
2013 Stats: .318/.404/.465, 34 2B, 7 HR, 72 RBI, 55 R, 1 SB
Catching prospect Kevin Plawecki has split time this season between Single-A Savannah and Single-A St. Lucie. He is the Mets' second-best catching prospect behind Travis d'Arnaud. Plawecki has been hitting well lately with a .371 average in his last 10 games. The presence of d'Arnaud may impact his future one day, but for now, Plawecki should continue developing well in the minor leagues for the next few seasons.
Last Week's Stats: 5-for-15, 1 2B, 4 RBI, 5 R
2013 Stats: 19 GS, 2-8, 5.00 ERA, 49 BB, 73 K, 81.0 IP
Domingo Tapia is yet another notable pitching prospect in the Mets' farm system. Tapia got roughed up badly in his most recent start though. He was knocked out after 1.1 innings and having given up seven earned runs on four hits. His control problems also continued with four walks in his brief outing.
Tapia has the potential be a solid middle-of-the-rotation or back-end starter, but he will need to significantly improve his control for that to happen.
Last Week's Stats: 1 GS, 0-1, 1.1 IP, 7 ER, 4 H, 4 BB, 2 K