MMN Top Ten Prospect Tracker: Week Ten

By Matt Musico

June 14, 2013 1 Comment

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1. Zack Wheeler, RHP

Status: Warming up

Wheeler is primed to make his MLB debut Tuesday in Atlanta, and his final tune-up last night in Triple-A went very well. On an 85-pitch limit, Wheeler threw 5.2 innings and allowed one run on one hit, two walks, and seven strikeouts. He gave up the only hit of the night in the fifth inning, which was a solo home run. The Mets are set to play five games in four days against the Braves, tabbing Wheeler to pitch with Matt Harvey in Tuesday’s double header. His final line with the 51s: 4-2, 3.93 ERA, 73 strikeouts, and 27 walks in 68.2 innings pitched.

2. Travis d’Arnaud, C

Status: Injured

While d’Arnaud hasn’t played in a game in about two months, he’s making progress toward getting back on the field. He shed the boot off his left foot at the beginning of the week, and has been focusing on getting range of motion and strength back after not using it for so long. He’s scheduled for a follow-up foot exam on Monday in New York. If he’s all clear after that appointment, one would assume baseball activity will be in the near future for the backstop.

3. Noah Syndergaard, RHP

Status: Warm

Syndergaard’s first half in the Florida State League is over, and he is set to participate in the FSL All-Star game tomorrow in Dunedin. He won his last start on Monday, but the sixth inning was a little troublesome for him. He ended up going six frames and allowed four runs on six hits, one walk, and five strikeouts. He cruised through the first five innings, but ended up losing his control a bit, giving up two home runs prior to exiting the ballgame. After posting a 3-3 record, 3.11 ERA, 64 strikeouts, and 16 walks in 63.2 innings pitched through his first 12 starts in 2013, he’ll likely be heading to Double-A Binghamton pretty soon.

4. Rafael Montero, RHP

Status: Hot

Since that spot start against the Iowa Cubs with Triple-A Las Vegas, Montero has been making Eastern League hitters just look foolish. Over his past three starts since returning to the B-Mets, the right-hander has thrown 20 shutout innings, allowing 11 hits on four walks, and 18 strikeouts. With Wheeler getting promoted for good next week, there could be a rotation spot with his name on it. We’ll soon find out if he will be joining former B-Mets teammate, Jack Leathersich, in Vegas.

5. Wilmer Flores, INF

Status: Hot

Flores has been white hot this month for Las Vegas. Each month he’s continued to hit better, with June being the best. After hitting .269 in April, he posted a .306 mark in May, and is now hitting a ridiculous .432/.457/.614 this month. The two homers, 11 RBIs, and eight runs scored have all come within the last 10 games. In the last week and a half, he didn’t record a hit in a game just once, while racking up seven multi-hit games. He’s now hitting .315/.356/.492 with six homers and 49 RBIs in 248 at-bats this season.

6. Brandon Nimmo, OF

Status: Warming up

After missing virtually all of May following a hot start to open the season in Low-A with the Sand Gnats, Nimmo has been hitting decently over the last week and a half. He’s hitting .285 in his last ten games, which included base hits in five consecutive ballgames. He hit no home runs, but recorded a double and triple, scored three times, drove in five runs, and drew seven walks. He’s mirroring his hot April this month as Savannah is playing their last series of the first half (.308/.438/.436, seven RBIs, four extra-base hits).

7. Domingo Tapia, RHP

Status: Neutral

It looked like Tapia was starting to make some progress after allowing six runs and four walks in 0.1 innings pitched on May 24th, but he took another step back last night. Following that awful start against Bradenton, the right-hander gave up only two runs in 11 innings pitched on 10 hits, three walks, and nine strikeouts. Last night in Clearwater, he didn’t end his first half on a high note. He lasted just four innings, and while he only saw two runs cross the plate while he was on the mound, he allowed five hits and five walks, with four strikeouts. Way too many base runners, and he’s struggled with his control at points through the season. Tapia has walked at least three hitters in a start four times in 10 starts.

8. Michael Fulmer, RHP

Status: Injured

Michael Fulmer has been out since tearing the meniscus in his knee during spring training. His rehab process has been a long one, but the Mets want to be sure they’re taking it slow with their young hurler. He threw five innings yesterday in an extended spring training game, and there doesn’t sound like there are any setbacks as of right now. In 21 starts that spanned 108.1 innings pitched with the Savannah Sand Gnats last season, Fulmer went 7-6 with a 2.74 ERA to go with 101 strikeouts and 38 walks allowed.

9. Luis Mateo, RHP

Status: Injured

Mateo made two rehab appearances on May 30th and June 2nd after coming off the disabled list with an elbow strain following his Double-A debut on April 15th, but has found himself back on the shelf. His two appearances were very different; his first time back on the mound saw him throw one shutout inning, while allowing two hits. His second? He threw another inning, but allowed four runs on four hits (one homer), one walk, and two strikeouts.

10. Gavin Cecchini, SS

Status: Neutral

Gavin Cecchini will be joining the Brooklyn Cyclones Monday as they open their New York Penn League schedule on the road against the Staten Island Yankees. The Louisiana native was selected by the Mets with the 12th overall pick in the 2012 MLB Draft. The right-handed hitting shortstop batted .246/.311/.330 with 12 extra-base hits, 18 walks and 43 strikeouts for Kingsport last season before a quick promotion to Brooklyn. It only lasted two games and six plate appearances, but did score two runs without recording a base hit or a walk.