1. Noah Syndergaard, RHP
Status: Warming up
Congratulations to Noah Syndergaard; he’s our newest top prospect at MetsMinors.net! He won his third game with Double-A on July 23rd against Reading. He allowed two runs on four hits, one walk, and seven strikeouts in five innings pitched. After having a problem with control in his first start back from appearing in the Futures Game, Syndergaard is heating back up. In his six starts since getting promoted to Binghamton, Syndergaard has walked one or no hitters on four occasions.
2. Rafael Montero, RHP
Montero evened up his Triple-A record last night with his second PCL victory, but his season ERA didn’t budge from the 4.50 mark it was prior to his start. He allowed three runs on five hits, three walks, and one strikeout in six innings pitched. It’s the second straight start he’s walked three hitters, and it’s the sixth time in nine starts he’s allowed more than one free pass in an appearance. In 44 innings pitched with Vegas, Montero has struck out 34 hitters, while walking 16.
3. Travis d’Arnaud, C
Status: Injured/rehab assignment
d’Arnaud was finally cleared to begin playing in minor league games this week. He saw his first game action since April on Wednesday in the Gulf Coast League. He went 1-for-3 with a run scored. He played five innings at catcher yesterday, going 1-for-3 again, including two RBIs. In 36 at-bats with the 51s prior to his injury, he was hitting .250/.429/.472 with one homer and eight RBIs.
4. Wilmer Flores, 2B
It’s gotten to the point this season where hitting .333 in his last 10 games is the norm for Wilmer Flores. He’s recorded at least one hit in eight of his last ten games, including three straight games of multiple hits (eight hits in three-game span). He continues to hit, and continues to lead the PCL in RBIs. He recorded his 78th run batted in last night, narrowly holding on to the top spot. He returned to action on July 23rd after being out for a week and a half with an ankle injury, and is 2-for-8 with three RBIs and two runs scored. In 379 at-bats this season, he’s hitting .319/.354/.522 with 12 homers, 33 doubles, and those 78 RBIs.
5. Cesar Puello, OF
While he was encountering a bit of a slump heading into the EAS All-Star break, Puello has come out swinging and is back to his normal self…at least, his normal 2013 version. In his last ten games, he’s hitting .313/.467/.563. That only includes one home run, but also five doubles, nine RBIs, and as many walks as strikeouts (seven each). He continues to produce at the plate; it’s fun to look at his stat line every morning, and I’m glad he’s now in the top-10 so we can recap his performance each week! He’s hitting .330/.405/.563 with 16 home runs, 71 RBIs, and 24 stolen bases on the season.
6. Dominic Smith, 1B
After starting the season slow (.143/.240/.190 in 21 at-bats), this year’s first overall pick for the Mets has picked it up in July, hitting .295/.400/.475 in 61 at-bats, and is hitting .355 in his last ten games. Smith is adjusting well to GCL action, as he’s collected two home runs, six doubles, 13 RBIs, and 10 runs scored in 82 total at-bats. It’s been encouraging to see him stay more patient than one would expect. He’s struck out 20 times, but has also drawn 14 walks.
7. Brandon Nimmo, OF
Nimmo’s performance has been stuck in a holding pattern of late. He’s hitting .263 in his last ten games, but his season line is still sitting at .263/.369/.351. He’s only collected one extra base hit in the last week and a half (a triple on July 20th), and has struck out 15 times. However, he has experienced three multi-hit games in his last five. Hopefully, making solid contact and getting singles will help him get back to the Nimmo we saw in April (.322/.421/.433).
8. Michael Fulmer, RHP
Fulmer hasn’t found his stride yet in High-A, and the weather isn’t helping him. After getting his start on July 14th cut short to just three innings, he wasn’t able to make it out of the fifth against Dayton on July 21st. He allowed four runs on four hits, three walks, and five strikeouts in 4.1 innings pitched. In three starts with St. Lucie (12.1 innings pitched), Fulmer has a 5.84 ERA, 11 strikeouts, and six walks.
9. Gavin Cecchini, SS
Cecchini is still on the disabled list with an ankle injury. In 54 at-bats this season with the Cyclones, he’s hitting .259/.305/.315 with three RBIs and five runs scored.
10. Jack Leathersich, LHP
Status: Warming up
The Leather Rocket appeared in two games this week for Wally Backman and the 51s. He put together two scoreless innings, allowing one hit, two walks, and four strikeouts. It’s been a little bit of a bumpy ride for the southpaw since being promoted; he needs to harness his control before getting promoted to the big leagues. In 16.2 innings pitched, opponents are only hitting .226, but he has a 5.40 ERA to go with 28 strikeouts and 15 walks allowed.