3 New York Mets Prospects That Are Taking a Step Back This Year

Stephen SmithContributor IIIMay 7, 2014

3 New York Mets Prospects That Are Taking a Step Back This Year

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    It's been a rough start for Cesar Puello in 2014.
    It's been a rough start for Cesar Puello in 2014.Chris Trotman/Getty Images

    Now that we're moving into the second week of May, it's a good time to take a look at three New York Mets prospects that have taken a small step back so far in 2014.

    Sure, it's still early, but these three players have gotten off to disappointing starts for their respective minor league clubs.

    Let's take a look.

    All statistics courtesy of Baseball-Reference.com.

First Baseman Dominic Smith

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    The Mets had an eye on the future when they drafted 18-year-old Dominic Smith with the 11th overall pick in the 2013 MLB draft.

    The southpaw first baseman is ranked as New York's No. 4 prospect, according to Baseball America. It's a small sample size, but the Los Angeles, California native has struggled at Savannah of the South Atlantic League so far this season.

    Smith is batting just .245 with no home runs and two RBI. His slugging percentage is a feeble .296, and he has fanned 16 times in 98 at-bats over his first 29 games.

    Smith hit .287 with a .407 slugging percentage in 48 games for the Gulf Coast Mets last season. He's stepping up in competition at Savannah, but he's yet to get on track.

    He should be fine moving forward though. Smith has too much ability to struggle for too long.

Outfielder Cesar Puello

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    What a year 2013 was for Cesar Puello.

    Good and bad.

    The 23-year-old outfielder hit .328 with 16 home runs, 73 RBI and 24 stolen bases in 91 games for Double-A Binghamton last year.

    That's the good news.

    The bad news is that Puello was suspended for 50 games last August for violating Major League Baseball's Joint Drug Prevention and Treatment Program in connection with Biogenesis.

    It appears that he has not recovered from that suspension yet. In 26 games with Triple-A Las Vegas this season, the Dominican Republic native is batting just .236 with no home runs and six RBI. His slugging percentage is a feeble .281—quite a contrast from the .547 mark he had with the Binghamton Mets in 2013.

    It's time for Puello to finally get on track for the 51s.

Relief Pitcher Josh Edgin

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    Josh Edgin was once a southpaw specialist in Terry Collins' bullpen during the 2012 and 2013 campaigns.

    Now, he's struggling in the desert.

    At Triple-A Las Vegas that is.

    The stocky lefty is 3-0 for the 51s, but his ERA is a whopping 6.52. In 9.2 innings of work, Edgin has walked 10 batters. That's a terrible lack of command and will thwart his chances of returning to the majors any time soon.

    A 2.48 WHIP doesn't help either.

    It was not too long ago—last year actually—that Edgin was 1-1 with a 3.77 ERA and 1.32 WHIP in 34 games with the parent club. Those aren't stellar numbers, but at least the Lewistown, Pennsylvania native was hurling in the big leagues.

    The major leagues seem a long way away now.