1. Noah Syndergaard, RHP
Syndergaard just celebrated his 21st birthday yesterday, and will be trying to get himself back on track after what probably was his worst start of 2013. He threw against Bowie on August 26th, allowing 11 runs (nine earned) on nine hits (three homers), two walks, and five strikeouts in three innings pitched. He’s now 6-1 with a 3.00 ERA in 54 innings pitched with the B-Mets. So, he actually is human. Prior to that outing, he hadn’t allowed a run in his last 15 innings pitched, walking just two and striking out 18. According to Adam Rubin on twitter, Thor won’t take the mound again until the B-Mets start the Eastern League playoffs next week.
2. Rafael Montero, RHP
Status: Warming up
Montero took his fourth loss in Triple-A on August 25th in Fresno, but he pitched well enough to get the win. He allowed two runs on six hits, one walk, and five strikeouts in 5.1 innings pitched. The month of August has been his best with the 51s by far; he’s 3-1 with a 1.67 ERA in 32.1 innings pitched (five starts). He’s allowed five walks during that time, while striking out 29 hitters. He’ll be taking the mound tonight for the 51s.
3. Travis d’Arnaud, C
After lacing his first career MLB home run against the Detroit Tigers on August 25th, he went 1-for-10 against the Philadelphia Philies. Through his first 28 at-bats in the big leagues, the catcher is hitting .107/.257/.250 with one home run, three RBIs, and just three total hits. With the trade of John Buck this week, the Mets are committed to d’Arnaud for the future, and are willing to take the lumps as he gets used to life in the bigs.
4. Wilmer Flores, 2B
On August 23rd against Detroit, Flores collected three hits, climbing his batting average up to .300. Since then, he’s gone 1-for-14, and has watched his triple slash drop down to .250/.290/.344 with one home run and 11 RBIs. He did collect a base hit in yesterday’s 11-3 blowout victory against the Phillies, so hopefully that will get Wilmer’s bat going.
5. Cesar Puello, OF
Puello’s received a 50-game suspension 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
With the GCL season now over, Smith has been promoted to Kingsport to enjoy their first run into the playoffs since 1996. He started to get very hot in August down in Florida, and ended his year down there with a .287/.384/.407 line before getting promoted to the Appalachian League. Since his promotion, he’s appeared in two games for the K-Mets, and has continued his streak. He drew walks in his first two plate appearances, and doubled in his next two, while also driving in two runs.
7. Brandon Nimmo, OF
Nimmo has cooled down since his hot start to August; in his last 10 games, the former first rounder is hitting .250/.372/.278 with one double, four RBIs, and seven walks. The .326 mark he has put together this month has allowed his batting average to creep back up toward .300. He was in the .280 toward the middle of the month, but he’s currently sitting at .274/.397/.361 with two home runs and 40 RBIs in 379 at-bats.
8. Michael Fulmer, RHP
Fulmer took the mound on August 18th against Jupiter, but his outing was cut short at 3.1 innings because of a comebacker hitting him. He’s been diagnosed with biceps tendonitis, but was heading to New York to get himself checked out. In seven starts and 34 innings pitched for St. Lucie this season, Fulmer is 2-2 with a 3.44 ERA, 18 walks, 29 strikeouts, and .198 opponent batting average. We learned this week that Fulmer will remain on the disabled list for the remainder of the season.
9. Gavin Cecchini, SS
Cecchini has also cooled off since his career-best 16-game hitting streak. He’s still hitting .330 this month, but has put together a .200/.317/.229 line in his last 10 games, despite getting hits in five straight games during the course of the week. In 174 at-bats for Brooklyn, he’s now hitting .282/.332/.328 with eight doubles and 14 RBIs.
10. Jack Leathersich, LHP
Leathersich appeared in two games for the 51s this week, and struggled mightily. He was actually demoted to Double-A Binghamton after Chase Huchingson‘s suspension became official, but with Robert Carson‘s promotion, he didn’t even have to leave city limits before he was optioned back to Triple-A. In his two appearances, he allowed seven runs on five hits, two walks, and two strikeouts in one inning pitched. He didn’t record an out in his second appearance. With Las Vegas, Leathersich is 2-0 with an 8.04 ERA, 2.11 WHIP, 28 walks, and 46 strikeouts in 28 innings pitched.