Stock Up, Stock Down for Mets' Top 10 Prospects for Week 20
The Mets continued their West Coast trip by getting swept by the red hot Dodgers and splitting a four-game series with the Padres. If Wilmer Flores' arrival was not exciting enough, the addition of catcher Travis d'Arnaud has been great to finally see. D'Arnaud has drawn four walks already but has yet to collect his first major league hit.
D'Arnaud may not stay with the Mets for long though. He was originally promoted due to catcher John Buck's paternity leave. It will be interesting to see the direction that the Mets go in when deciding what to do when Buck returns.
Meanwhile, the rest of the Mets' top prospects are wrapping up their seasons. Some may get called up, while others will train for the 2014 season shortly after their seasons end. Here are this week's evaluations of the Mets' top prospects.
2013 Stats: 22 GS, 9-3, 2.43 ERA, 26 BB, 128 K, 114.2 IP
It seems as if Noah Syndergaard keeps improving from one start to the next. Syndergaard earned his sixth victory for Double-A Binghamton and lowered his ERA to 1.59 by throwing five scoreless innings and allowing just three hits, with 10 strikeouts in a dominant outing.
The sky is the limit for Syndergaard's potential. He could turn out better than Zack Wheeler and maybe even better than Matt Harvey in a few seasons. 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, 1-0, 5 IP, 3 H, 10 K
2013 Stats: .274/.393/.368, 14 2B, 6 3B, 2 HR, 36 RBI, 53 R, 5 SB
As his season starts to come to a close, Brandon Nimmo's bat has heated up. Nimmo is batting .412 with six RBI in his last 10 games. He still has not shown much power all season, but hopefully in 2014 he will stay healthy and produce more at the plate.
Last Week's Stats: 5-for-14, 2 2B, 3 RBI, 3 R
2013 Stats: .309/.342/.360, 7 2B, 10 RBI, 12 R, 2 SB
Gavin Cecchini's bat has stayed hot this past week. Cecchini is batting .450 in his last 10 games with three RBI. His OBP is only at .342 due to a relative lack of walks, but he is putting the ball in play and getting on base, which is always good to see. Hopefully, Cecchini can keep hitting well so that his season ends on a good note.
Last Week's Stats: 8-for-15, 1 RBI, 3 R
2013 Stats: 24 GS, 12-6, 2.86 ERA, 31 BB, 134 K, 138.2 IP
Rafael Montero's last start was one of the best that he has had all season. He threw seven scoreless innings and allowed only four hits and no walks while picking up eight strikeouts. Montero is now 5-3 with a 3.25 ERA in Triple-A Las Vegas. There is a chance Montero may get called up in September, but if not he should be able to find his way onto the Mets' roster some time in 2014.
Last Week's Stats: 1 GS, 7 IP, 4 H, 8 K
2013 Stats: 15 GS, 5-4, 4.04 ERA, 25 BB, 63 K, 82.1 IP
Hansel Robles did not pitch particularly well in his last start, in which he gave up four earned runs and six hits while taking the loss. Robles is now 5-3 with a 4.02 ERA with Single-A St. Lucie. He will very likely finish out there as he keeps developing.
Last Week's Stats: 1 GS, 0-1, 7 IP, 4 ER, 6 H, 1 BB, 2 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, but at this point that seems very unlikely to occur.
Last Week's Stats: N/A
2013 Stats: .264/.365/.386, 8 2B, 3 HR, 17 RBI, 16 R, 1 SB
The Mets' 2013 first-round pick, Dominic Smith, has been playing for the Gulf Coast Mets since being drafted in June. Smith though has been hitting better this past week. In his last 10 games, Smith is batting .333 with one home run and three RBI. He has a .264 average, three home runs and 17 RBI for the season. Hopefully, Smith can continue 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: 10-for-20, 1 2B, 1 RBI, 4 R
2013 Stats: .308/.395/.455, 35 2B, 8 HR, 76 RBI, 56 R, 1 SB
Catching prospect Kevin Plawecki has split time this season between Single-A Savannah and Single-A St. Lucie. With Travis d'Arnaud now on the Mets' active roster, Plawecki is the Mets' second-best catching prospect. Plawecki's bat has cooled off in the past week, with a .237 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: 4-for-26, 1 2B, 1 HR, 4 RBI, 1 R
2013 Stats: 20 GS, 2-8, 4.81 ERA, 52 BB, 76 K, 86.0 IP
Domingo Tapia pitched better in his last start, in which he allowed two runs (one earned) and three hits in five innings. Control was once again an issue for Tapia, who walked three and struck out three.
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, 0-0, 5.0 IP, 1 ER, 3 H, 3 BB, 3 K
2013 Stats: 24 GS, 7-7, 4.22 ERA, 43 BB, 115 K, 140.2 IP
One Mets prospect from Triple-A Las Vegas that could be a September call-up is Jacob deGrom. The 25-year-old right-handed starter has not been the most consistent pitcher on the mound, but he has done relatively well, especially when considering the thinner air in Las Vegas, which favors hitters.
In his most recent start, deGrom took a no-decision. He threw for six innings and allowed two earned runs and two hits. He also had two walks and three strikeouts.
DeGrom's control has been good this season, and he has a good strikeout rate as well. DeGrom may not be considered as part of the Mets' long-term future, but he would be a good pitcher for the Mets to have as extra depth. Hopefully, deGrom will be able to get some major league action in very soon after the MLB rosters expand.
Last Week's Stats: 1 GS, 0-0, 6.0 IP, 2 ER, 2 H, 2 BB, 3 K