Mets Minors Rookie Tracker

By Matt Musico

September 16, 2013 No comments

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With just a couple weeks to go in the 2013 MLB season, Mets Minors will be keeping you up-to-date how some of the rookies have been performing recently. Let’s get to it…

Travis d’Arnaud

It’s been a tough time for d’Arnaud since he made his MLB debut last month in San Diego against the Padres. In 77 big league at-bats, he’s hitting .169/.235/.234 with one home run, four RBIs, and just three total extra base hits. However, he’s collected three hits in his last two games, and put together two multi-hit games this past week. He also capped the 1-0 walk-off win yesterday in the bottom of the 12th inning. It was the catcher’s first career walk-off hit.

Vic Black

The PTBNL in the Marlon Byrd and John Buck trade has also been making his presence felt in the New York bullpen. The hard-throwing right-hander has thrown 7.1 innings with New York since he joined the squad, posting a 3.68 ERA and 1.09 WHIP in nine appearances. He also benefited from d’Arnaud’s walk-off; he threw a hitless top of the 12th inning to earn his first career MLB win.

Scott Rice

Rice came out of nowhere to have a superb season for the Mets after spending 14 years in the minors and Indy ball. He appeared in 73 games in 2013, posting a 4-5 record, 3.71 ERA, and 1.35 WHIP in 51 innings of work. His season ended prematurely to have a sports hernia removed. The surgery was performed last week, and everything went smooth.

Josh Satin

The on-base machine has been getting more consistent playing time while David Wright has been on the shelf, but that should be ending tomorrow with the expected return of the Captain. Satin has been slumping a bit, hitting .172 over his last ten games played, watching his triple slash drop to .272/.376/.391 with two home runs and 12 RBIs in 169 at-bats.

Gonzalez Germen

Throughout the beginning portion of the season, a lot of fans were wondering what German was doing on the 40-man while he was in Vegas. He was called up once, then sent back down without appearing in a game. The second time he was called up, Terry Collins has started to use him, and the Mets have gotten some good results. The right-hander had a rough start to the month of September, but has settled down; he hasn’t allowed a run in his last three appearances, spanning four innings of work. He’s given up just two hits, while walking no one and striking out seven batters. He could be pitching his way into the conversation for 2014.

Wilmer Flores

Wilmer’s struggles at the plate continue, but it’s also because he hasn’t been getting a lot of playing time with his bum ankle. He got into consecutive games over the weekend, the first time that’s happened since he appeared in games on August 27th and 28th. He did get a hit in each ball game, and put together some good at-bats on Sunday. Hopefully, he’ll start to rise from his current .214/.256/.286 triple slash and finish the year strong.

Zack Wheeler

The top pitching prospect coming into this season has lost his last two starts, but was the hard luck loser on September 11th against the Nationals; he allowed just one run while scattering eight hits, one walk, and six strikeouts in seven innings of work. In 16 big league starts since he joined the Mets in June, he’s 7-5 with a 3.22 ERA, 1.34 WHIP, and 81 strikeouts in 95 innings pitched. He’s thrown 163.2 frames between Triple-A and the majors this season, and is nearing his innings limit.

Juan Lagares

The defensive wizard has moved over from his center field spot to accommodate a fellow rookie, but has still seen regular work in right field. He’s hitting .143 in his last ten games, contributing to the team-wide slump when it comes to scoring some runs. In 348 at-bats this season, Lagares is now hitting .256/.295/.371, but has posted a .271 average and .321 on-base percentage since the All-Star break — coinciding with more consistent playing time.

Zach Lutz

The corner infielder came up as insurance after Ike Davis‘ season ended, but he’s still not getting nearly enough time on the field to show any potential. He’s racked up 18 at-bats in 11 games in 2013, hitting .222/.364/.278 with no home runs and his first career RBI in the bigs.

Matt den Dekker

After getting a little hot against the Indians, den Dekker has cooled off significantly, grabbing just two hits since Wednesday. Collins has been hoping some of the rookies would grab this playing time to show the organization they can be a part of the future, and I’m sure he’s looking to Matt to show something. Since his call-up, he’s collected 43 at-bats, and is hitting .233/.283/.326 with one home run and five RBIs.