Stock Up, Stock Down for Mets' Top 10 Prospects for Week 21
On a brighter note, rookie catcher Travis d'Arnaud will likely be the Mets' starting catcher for the rest of the season. Backup Anthony Recker was demoted to the minor leagues after John Buck returned from paternity leave. d'Arnaud is batting just .111 so far, with two hits in 18 at-bats. One of those hits, though, was his first career home run.
Down on the farm, the Mets' minor league teams are finishing up their seasons and some of the prospects may be fortunate enough to get called up in September once the MLB rosters expand.
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
Noah Syndergaard has had a sensational season, which includes a 6-0 record and a 1.59 ERA with Double-A Binghamton. He did not make a start this past week.
According to Adam Rubin of ESPN.com, Syndergaard was skipped in the rotation this week in order to further limit his innings for the season. He should make his regular start in the coming week.
Last Week's Stats: N/A
2013 Stats: .279/.402/.369, 15 2B, 6 3B, 2 HR, 40 RBI, 56 R, 6 SB
Brandon Nimmo has continued his recent success at the plate with a .393 average in his last 10 games. His OBP in that span is a remarkable .564, thanks to drawing 11 walks. Nimmo's OBP for the season is over .400, which is great to see.
The power and run production haven't been present all season, but at least Nimmo is getting on base with both hits and walks.
Hopefully in 2014, he will stay healthy and produce more at the plate.
Last Week's Stats: 9-for-26, 1 2B, 4 RBI, 3 R, 1 SB
2013 Stats: .287/.329/.331, 7 2B, 11 RBI, 16 R, 2 SB
Gavin Cecchini has continued to hit well with a .273 average in his last 10 games. He currently has a three-game hitting streak, but still has not hit a single home run for the season.
Three walks in his last two games are very good to see, but Cecchini will really need to show more patience at the plate in 2014 to raise his OBP.
Last Week's Stats: 3-for-21, 1 RBI, 4 R
2013 Stats: 26 GS, 12-7, 2.90 ERA, 34 BB, 142 K, 149.0 IP
Despite taking a no-decision and a loss in his last two starts, respectively, Rafael Montero has been pitching well recently.
In the first of two starts last week, which resulted in a no-decision, he allowed two earned runs and eight hits while walking two and striking out three. In his other start, Montero took the loss by giving up two earned runs and six hits while walking one and striking out five.
With the season coming to a close, Montero may only make another start or two for Triple-A Las Vegas. It's possible that he could be a September call-up, but nothing has been determined yet.
Last Week's Stats: 2 GS, 10.1 IP, 4 ER, 14 H, 3 BB, 8 K
2013 Stats: 16 GS, 5-5, 4.02 ERA, 28 BB, 67 K, 87.1 IP
In his most recent start, Hansel Robles took the loss by allowing three runs (two earned) and three hits in five innings pitched. He also had three walks and four strikeouts.
Robles' season has not been particularly consistent. The goal for 2014 is for him to find more consistency on the mound.
Last Week's Stats: 1 GS, 0-1, 5 IP, 2 ER, 3 H, 3 BB, 4 K
2013 Stats: 12 GS, 5-3, 4.36 ERA, 19 BB, 74 K, 66.0 IP
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: .272/.372/.386, 9 2B, 3 HR, 18 RBI, 18 R, 1 SB
Although he has not collected a lot of extra-base hits in his last 10 games, Dominic Smith is batting .268 during that span nonetheless. Smith has already made a good impression since being drafted in the first round of the 2013 MLB draft in June.
At this rate, Smith could become an important part of the Mets in a few years from now. If he stays healthy, keeps hitting and does not get traded, Smith could become the Mets' first baseman of the future.
Last Week's Stats: 6-for-20, 1 2B, 1 RBI, 2 R
2013 Stats: .304/.389/.447, 36 2B, 8 HR, 77 RBI, 58 R, 1 SB
Kevin Plawecki's slump extended into the past week. He is batting just .194 in his last 10 games with two doubles and three RBI to show for his efforts.
Plawecki will likely finish the season with Single-A St. Lucie and has had a very solid season overall.
Last Week's Stats: 5-for-21, 1 2B, 3 RBI, 2 R
2013 Stats: 21 GS, 2-9, 5.24 ERA, 57 BB, 82 K, 89.1 IP
Domingo Tapia pitched very poorly in his last start.
Tapia left after throwing 3.1 innings and giving up six earned runs, five hits and five walks. The one bright spot was that he had six strikeouts as well.
His control has been an issue all season. He will need to make noticeable improvements before moving further up the ranks.
Last Week's Stats: 1 GS, 0-1, 3.1 IP, 6 ER, 5 H, 5 BB, 6 K
2013 Stats: 25 GS, 7-7, 4.45 ERA, 45 BB, 119 K, 145.2 IP
Despite taking a no-decision in his most recent start, Jacob deGrom allowed six earned runs, seven hits and two walks in five innings pitched, which also included four strikeouts. At 7-7 and with a 4.45 ERA, deGrom's season has not been too consistent.
He could possibly be a September call-up in a few weeks, but in order to be a mainstay in the major leagues, deGrom will have to become a more consistently good pitcher.
Last Week's Stats: 1 GS, 0-0, 5.0 IP, 6 ER, 7 H, 2 BB, 4 K