Stock Up, Stock Down for Mets' Top 10 Prospects for Week 14

Shale BriskinContributor IIIJune 29, 2014

Stock Up, Stock Down for Mets' Top 10 Prospects for Week 14

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    The Mets are coming off an inconsistent week against the A's and Pirates as they move into July this upcoming week.

    Down on the farm, the Mets' top prospects have continued with their own seasons as they develop further. Here are stock updates for the Mets' top 10 prospects midway through the season.

10. Steven Matz, LHP, Binghamton Mets (Double-A)

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    2014 Season Statistics

    14 GS, 5-4, 2.44 ERA, 24 BB, 75 K, 81.0 IP

    Last Week's Statistics

    1 GS, 1-0, 6.0 IP, 0 ER, 5 H, 1 BB, 9 K

    Overview

    Steven Matz had a great start this week in which he struck out nine over six shutout innings and allowed just five hits and one walk. His time in Double-A is off to a great start, and hopefully it will continue for the rest of the season.

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9. Dilson Herrera, 2B, Binghamton Mets (Double-A)

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    2014 Season Statistics:

    76 G, .317/.364/.426, 4 HR, 32 RBI, 55 R

    Last Week's Statistics:

    7-for-21, 2 2B, 1 HR, 7 RBI, 4 R

    Overview

    Dilson Herrera has had a great week that has included a home run, seven RBI and four runs scored. He certainly seems to be adjusting well to Double-A pitching, which is a great sign for his development.

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8. Gavin Cecchini, SS, St. Lucie Mets (High-A)

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    2014 Season Statistics

    61 G, .258/.324/.394, 3 HR, 29 RBI, 45 R

    Last Week's Statistics

    4-for-21, 1 RBI, 1 R

    Overview

    Gavin Cecchini struggled at the plate this past week as he is starting to adjust to High Single-A pitching. There shouldn't be any significant concerns right now though with Cecchini, who hit well in Single-A Savannah earlier this season.

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7. Cesar Puello, OF, Las Vegas 51s (Triple-A)

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    2014 Season Statistics

    62 G, .229/.332/.324, 2 HR, 20 RBI, 31 R

    Last Week's Statistics

    0-for-0, 1 R

    Overview

    Cesar Puello apparently has barely played at all this past week. No specific injury has been announced yet, but hopefully Puello is OK.

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6. Kevin Plawecki, C, Binghamton Mets (Triple-A)

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    2014 Season Statistics

    61 G, .319/.375/.487, 7 HR, 44 RBI, 34 R

    Last Week's Statistics:

    1-for-8, 1 HR, 1 RBI, 1 R

    Overview

    Kevin Plawecki is off to a slow start after his recent promotion to Triple-A Las Vegas. However, his one hit this week was a home run, giving him seven for the season. Once Plawecki gets going at Triple-A offensively, it may only be a matter of time before he could be up in the major leagues in the future.

    Plawecki was also recently selected to represent the Mets in the 2014 MLB Futures Game, which will take place during the MLB All-Star break.

    The Mets may eventually face a conundrum in which they will have decide between Travis d'Arnaud or Plawecki as their catcher of the future.

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5. Amed Rosario, SS, Brooklyn Cyclones (Short Season-A)

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    2014 Season Statistics

    23 G, .242/.286/.363, 2 HR, 8 RBI, 8 R

    Last Week's Statistics

    9-for-25, 1 2B, 1 RBI, 2 R

    Overview

    Amed Rosario has been red hot at the plate lately, with nine hits in his last 25 at-bats. He hasn't drawn too many walks lately, however, and that could be a future OBP concern. Hopefully Rosario will learn to be more patient at the plate.

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4. Brandon Nimmo, OF, Binghamton Mets (Double-A)

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    2014 Season Statistics

    71 G, .303/.445/.441, 5 HR, 27 RBI, 63 R

    Last Week's Statistics

    3-for-15, 1 2B, 1 HR, 2 RBI, 1 R

    Overview

    Brandon Nimmo has continued his breakout season with his first home run at the Double-A level and now has a .303 average and an .886 OPS for the season. Look for Nimmo to continue to hit well as he gets closer and closer to a potential major league debut in 2016 or 2017.

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3. Dominic Smith, 1B, Savannah Sand Gnats (Low-A)

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    2014 Season Statistics

    75 G, .275/.341/.333, 0 HR, 24 RBI, 26 R

    Last Week's Statistics

    8-for-22, 4 2B, 3 RBI, 2 R

    Overview

    Dominic Smith has had a very good week at the plate with four doubles and three RBI. However, he still has not hit a single home run all season, which could certainly raise concerns about his power potential. As a first baseman, Smith should be expected to be a power hitter. Hopefully he'll find his power again later this season.

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2. Rafael Montero, RHP, Las Vegas 51s (Triple-A)

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    2014 Season Statistics

    11 GS, 4-2, 3.75 ERA, 24 BB, 49 K, 50.1 IP

    Last Week's Statistics

    No appearances were made.

    Overview

    Rafael Montero has not made a start since hurting his oblique. No specific timetable has been determined yet regarding his return to the mound.

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1. Noah Syndergaard, RHP, Las Vegas 51s (Triple-A)

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    2014 Season Statistics

    14 GS, 6-4, 5.35 ERA, 23 BB, 71 K, 69.0 IP

    Last Week's Statistics

    1 GS, 0-0, 4.0 IP, 5 ER, 5 H, 3 BB, 4 K

    Overview

    Noah Syndergaard's recent struggles have continued. In his most recent start, Syndergaard only lasted four innings and allowed five earned runs. With an ERA now at 5.35, his season could become a legitimate concern for the Mets.

    With any luck, Syndergaard will be able to turn his season around sooner than later.

    According to Andy Martino of the New York Daily News, the Mets at this point are more likely to promote Syndergaard to the major leagues in August or later. Going into the season, Syndergaard seemed to have a very good chance of getting a June or July promotion, which, of course, has yet to happen.

    It's important for the Mets to not necessarily "rush" Syndergaard to the major leagues, but regardless of whether he is in Triple-A or the major leagues, he needs to find a way to pitch better than he recently has.

    Along with his new battery mate Kevin Plawecki, Syndergaard was also selected to participate in the 2014 MLB Futures Game. This will be the second consecutive Futures Game appearance for Syndergaard.

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    Prospect rankings are courtesy of MLB.com. Statistics are courtesy of MiLB.com