Mets Prospect Performance Meter: Mid-April

Rafael Montero picked up right where he left off in 2012. - USA TODAY Sports

Two weeks are in the books and we've got some remarkably small samples to start looking at down on the farm.

That's right, we've re-directed everybody's favorite player performance measurement device for the purposes of analyzing stupidly small samples on the minor league side of things! In this case, once a month we'll take a look at the performance of the top 20 prospects in the Mets farm system -- as defined by the latest Amazin' Avenue top 50 prospects ranking.

Note, performance indicators -- meaning green and red arrows -- correlate to a player's recent performance, not necessarily any movement in rankings. Additionally, for the first couple of months we'll obviously just skip short-season players like Gavin Cecchini and German Rosario.

Prospect This Month Comment
Zack Wheeler, RHP The high-90s heater has looked just fine; however inconsistent fastball command and secondary stuff -- apparently owing to a blister -- have hampered the overall results thus far.
Travis d'Arnaud, C What did we last say about David Wright? He may not have a dinger yet, but that .462 .464 OBP will do just fine for now.
Noah Syndergaard, RHP Two starts, nine innings pitched, 13 strikeouts, 2.00 ERA. The big Texan has been as good as advertised thus far.
Michael Fulmer, RHP After spring training surgery to repair a torn meniscus, we likely won't see the 2011 supplemental rounder pitch until mid-May.
Domingo Tapia, RHP
First start: Six nearly flawless innings. Second start: Couldn't get out of the first. Still sporting a characteristically awesome 3.67 GB:FB.
Wilmer Flores, 2B
No PCL-induced offensive explosion as of yet (.250/.319/.350); however, a 12% walk rate against a 5% strikeout rate is a harbinger of good things to come.
Brandon Nimmo, OF
Couldn't ask for much more than a .405 average -- including a .333 mark against lefties. Still showcasing the strong plate discipline, thus a .986 OPS.
Rafael Montero, RHP
Will anything slow the 22-year-old righty down? Notched 21 strikeouts against one walk in his first 16.2 Double-A innings; I repeat, 21 strikeouts, one walk.
Jeurys Familia, RHP
It seems the die is cast for this future reliever. After an impressive spring the 23-year-old Familia has looked strong in his first four games as the 51s closer.
Luis Mateo, RHP
It's only been one start, but with nine strikeouts in six scoreless innings the 23-year-old is picking up where he left off in Brooklyn. His next appearance will be a spot start in Binghamton -- letting you know that the team doesn't think he's far too off.
Jacob DeGrom, RHP
12 hits allowed in 12 innings pitched isn't a sign of dominance; 13 strikeouts in 12 innings is. Watch both of these indicators as DeGrom tries to prove he's a starter long-term.
Kevin Plawecki, C
Seven doubles in ten games!? He's showcasing power, patience, and a strong hit tool (see, 1.121 OPS); with some added defensive polish the former Boilermaker could prove he's a top five prospect in this system.
Wilfredo Tovar, SS
A .161 average with one extra-base hit through his first ten games lends credence to the idea that he may not have the pop to play every day against upper level pitching.
Aderlin Rodriguez, 1B/3B
.352 OPS? Oof. Rodriguez has a knack for getting off to slow starts, but after making some strides with his plate discipline in '12 the 7:0 K-to-BB is a drag.
Cory Mazzoni, RHP
After an impressive spring, the 2011 second rounder struck out seven in his first start -- perhaps delaying the talk of a move to the bullpen. However, he'll miss his next start due to 'arm soreness'.
Gabriel Ynoa, RHP
Tossed a gem and a clunker so far. Despite the 4 ERA, the early returns have still been strong as the 20-year-old continues to lean on advanced command/pitchability to miss bats and limit the free passes.
Phillip Evans, SS
Continues to be feast or famine at the dish, gathering eight hits in nine games during three multi-hit efforts. Also showcasing an uneven defensive game at short.
Jack Leathersich, LHP
22-year-old has yet to allow a run in four outings. Strikeouts are still coming in droves, but watch those walks as he adjusts to Double-A competition.
Matt den Dekker, OF
A broken wrist late in spring has the 25-year-old on the shelf until May/June. There's a good chance that he would have made the club in Kirk's stead as the better defense-only option.
Cory Vaughn, OF
Picked up right where he left off, showcasing lots of secondary skills but no useable hit tool (see, .219 average with 11 strikeouts in nine games).

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