1. Noah Syndergaard, RHP
Syndergaard continues to exceed expectations, laying waste to the Eastern League along the way. Thor stayed red-hot this week when he took the mound on August 10th against the Erie SeaWolves. He pitched five scoreless innings, allowing just two hits and walking just one. Noah also retired five batters via strikeout, adding up to an outing that was nearly identical to his previous start. The Mets announced this week that Syndergaard will be limited to just five innings per outing for the remainder of the season. I’m sure opposing teams will be happy to hear that. Noah has a 5-0 record since being promoted, to go along with a 1.79 ERA. He’s striking out hitters at an astounding 10.57 per nine, while sporting a BB/9 of 1.96.
2. Rafael Montero, RHP
Montero stayed hot this week, turning in yet another dominating performance against Oklahoma City. He scattered two hits over seven innings, one of those hits being a solo homerun. Rafael struck out nine would-be hitters and allowed just two free passes. Montero struggled when first promoted, but has since turned it around big time– allowing three or fewer runs in each of his last seven outings. On the season, he’s sporting a 3.01 ERA with an 8.6 K/9 and a 2.1 BB/9, split between Binghamton and Las Vegas.
3. Travis d’Arnaud, C
TDA has caught fire in Vegas as he waits for his promotion. Travis is slated to take John Buck‘s spot when he leaves the team for the birth of his child. In the meantime, d’Arnaud has thrown up a ridiculous slash-line of .412/.600/.725 in the past seven days. He’s struck out just four times in that span while nearly matching that total with three doubles. He’s also slugged one homer and drawn eight walks. d’Arnaud is proving to Mets fans, and the organization that he’s healthy and ready to get his shot in the majors. He’s hit .301 with a .410 OBP to go along with 11 extra-base hits since coming back from injury.
4. Wilmer Flores, 2B
Status: Warming up/Injured
Unfortunately, just when Wilmer started to get comfortable at the major-league level he turned his ankle. It’s not yet clear whether or not Flores will spend time on the DL, but either way it’s disappointing. Over the past seven days Flores was hitting .353/.389/.529 with his first ML homerun. Hopefully Wilmer will be back in the lineup sooner rather than later for the Mets.
5. Cesar Puello, OF
Puello’s received a 50-game suspension this week for his involvement in the Biogenesis clinic. Thankfully, these 50 games can all be applied to this season since he’s on the 40-man roster. The outfielder was enjoying a breakout season in Binghamton, hitting .328/.405/.550 with 16 home runs, 73 RBIs, and 24 stolen bases.
6. Dominic Smith, 1B
Status: Warming Up
After getting off to a slow start to being his professional career, Smith seems to be making the adjustments necessary to succeed. He’s hit .368/.429/.526 over the past week. Dominic also smacked a homer, but maybe more importantly he only struck out three times. Despite the previously mentioned slow start, Smith has shown an advanced command of the strikezone that has led to a solid .367 OBP through 39 games. He’s hitting .260 with three homeruns on the season.
7. Brandon Nimmo, OF
Nimmo is really starting to show some of the promise that made him the 13th overall pick in the 2011 draft. Over the past week Brandon has compiled a .333/.524/.400 slash line. The one knock on Nimmo continues to be his lack of power. Most scouts believe he will eventually develop above-average power, but it hasn’t shown itself in games yet. Despite that, there’s a lot to like. He’s more than held is own in the Sally League at just 20. Most impressively, Nimmo has shown an advanced approach at the plate for a player who didn’t play high school baseball. Through 89 games the Wyoming native is hitting .272/.389/.366 with 21 extra-base hits to go along with 55 walks.
8. Michael Fulmer, RHP
Status: Warming Up
Fulmer had a solid start on Monday and earned a win versus the Palm Beach Cardinals. The big righty went six innings and allowed just one earned run on just two hits. That marked his third consecutive quality start. He struck out an impressive eight hitters in the game, but struggled with his command– walking four Cardinals. Walks have been a season long problem for him, and is likely what is holding him back from really breaking out. In total, Fulmer has a 3.59 ERA through 42.2 innings. He’s striking out nearly a batter per innings (8.2 K/9) but walking 3.6 batters per nine.
9. Gavin Cecchini, SS
Cecchini has carried his hot hitting ways this week, hitting an even .400. That’s an extremely encouraging sign from the former first round pick after he struggled to start the season. If there’s a knock on Cecchini right now it’s that he isn’t displaying any patience at the dish. He drew just a single walk this week, bringing his season total up to a paltry six free passes. He’s never expected to hit for much power, so getting himself on base at a solid clip may be what makes or breaks him as a prospect. If there’s one thing Gavin is known for, it’s being a hard worker, so I’m anxious to see if he makes the necessary changes. Overall Cecchini is hitting .283/.313/.342 with seven doubles on the season.
10. Jack Leathersich, LHP
Leathersich’s struggles have continued through this week, after starting the season red-hot. In two appearances for the 51s, Jack allowed three runs over four innings. He walked an unacceptable three batters in that span and also served up a homerun. In his usual fashion he struck out eight batters in that span, which is encouraging. Hopefully the UMass alum can turn things around and possibly earn himself a promotion when rosters expand. Between Double and Triple-A Leathersich is pitching to a 3.25 ERA in 55.2 innings. He sports an otherworldly 16.2 K/9 in that time, but an unsatisfactory (to say the least) 6.3 BB/9.