Stock Up, Stock Down for Mets' Top 10 Prospects for Week 21
In the minor leagues, the regular seasons are all but finished, and the postseason for some teams will begin shortly. Some minor leaguers may even be called up to the Mets' roster sometime this month.
Here are this week's evaluations of the Mets' top prospects.
2013 Stats: 23 GS, 9-4, 3.06 ERA, 28 BB, 133 K, 117.2 IP
After so many brilliant starts, Noah Syndergaard fell back down to earth by having his worst start in months. Syndergaard allowed 11 runs (nine earned) and nine hits in just three innings. He suffered his first loss since his promotion to Double-A Binghamton. His 1.59 ERA at the level is now up to 3.00. One bad start though should not offset the progression and overall dominance that Syndergaard has displayed. The future remains very bright for him going forward.
Last Week's Stats: 1 GS, 0-1, 3.0 IP, 9 ER, 9 H, 2 BB, 5 K
2013 Stats: .273/.397/.359, 16 2B, 6 3B, 2 HR, 40 RBI, 62 R, 9 SB
As Brandon Nimmo's season comes closer to an end, so did his brief hot streak at the plate. Nimmo's average in his last 10 games is just .188. However, in that span, he has scored six runs and stolen three bases.
Nimmo's .273 average for the season is not particularly indicative of the inconsistent season he has had at the plate. He will need to display more consistency next season in order to keep moving up the ranks.
Last Week's Stats: 6-for-26, 1 2B, 6 R, 3 SB
2013 Stats: .280/.327/.323, 8 2B, 14 RBI, 18 R, 2 SB
Gavin Cecchini's end to his season has been similar to the numbers he has put up all season. They are not the most consistent, but they are still good, more or less. Cecchini has not really shown any kind of run production at all but could become a good leadoff or second hitter in the future. Cecchini's low walk rate remains a concern, with just 14 in 186 at-bats.
Last Week's Stats: 7-for-29, 1 2B, 3 RBI, 2 R
2013 Stats: 27 GS, 12-7, 2.78 ERA, 35 BB, 150 K, 155.2 IP
Rafael Montero's great season has continued with a 6.1 inning scoreless outing, in which Montero gave up three hits, one walk and had eight strikeouts while ending up with a no-decision. Montero altogether has had an excellent season and looks to possibly be a big piece for the Mets in 2014.
Last Week's Stats: 1 GS, 6.1 IP, 3H, 1 BB, 8 K
2013 Stats: 17 GS, 5-5, 3.78 ERA, 31 BB, 71 K, 95.1 IP
In his last start, Hansel Robles turned in one of, if not the best outing of his season. Robles threw for eight innings and allowed just one run and three hits. He also walked three and struck out four. Robles' numbers for Single-A St. Lucie include a 5-4 record and a 3.72 ERA. His pitching has really come around and can hopefully improve even further in 2014.
Last Week's Stats: 1 GS, 0-0, 8 IP, 1 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: .301/.398/.439, 13 2B, 1 3B, 3 HR, 26 RBI, 26 R, 1 SB
Dominic Smith was recently promoted to the Rookie League Kingsport Mets and has played in three games with them since then. In those three games, Smith has had four hits in six at-bats. Two of the four hits were doubles, and he also drove in two RBI. Smith has definitely hit well overall since being drafted in the first round of the 2013 MLB draft in June.
Last Week's Stats: 4-for-6, 2 2B, 2 RBI, 2 R (since promotion)
2013 Stats: .305/.390/.448, 38 2B, 8 HR, 80 RBI, 60 R, 1 SB
Kevin Plawecki has been hitting slightly better this past week. He is now batting .305 for the season with 80 RBI as well, which is very nice to see. Plawecki also has 38 doubles, which shows what kind of hitter he is. Plawecki has caught 125 games this season, which is very good for a starting catcher. All in all, Plawecki has had a great season to build upon. Hopefully with time, some more power starts to develop.
As if it isn't already enough to have Travis d'Arnaud in the organization, having Plawecki makes the Mets' catching depth across the organization that much stronger.
Last Week's Stats: 5-for-15, 2 2B, 3 RBI, 2 R
2013 Stats: 22 GS, 3-9, 4.62 ERA, 63 BB, 89 K, 101.1 IP
Domingo Tapia made two very good starts last week. In the first of the two, he allowed two unearned runs and three hits in seven innings pitched, while walking five and striking out four. In the second start, Tapia really showed improved control in five shutout innings of three-hit ball. He allowed only one walk and had three strikeouts as well.
If Tapia can have more starts in which he has effective control and limits the walks, he could possibly turn into a very good pitcher. But again, with Tapia, his biggest weakness is his control, and that will likely be the difference between staying in Single-A or moving up to Double-A and beyond. Hopefully, Tapia works on his control in the offseason and comes back a lot more effective in 2014.
Last Week's Stats: 2 GS, 1-0, 12 IP, 0 ER, 6 H, 6 BB, 7 K
2013 Stats: 26 GS, 7-7, 4.51 ERA, 46 BB, 120 K, 145.2 IP
In his most recent start, Jacob deGrom got roughed up in just two innings pitched. He allowed two earned runs and three hits, while walking one and striking out one.
Following Triple-A Las Vegas' postseason, deGrom could get added to the Mets' roster as a September call-up. Time will tell whether that ends up happening.
Last Week's Stats: 1 GS, 0-0, 2 IP, 2 ER, 3 H, 1 BB, 1 K