Mets Prospect Performance Meter - May

Gabriel Ynoa is currently posting a 2.87 ERA through ten starts for Savannah. - Photo Credit: Matthew Lug

Catch up on all of the goings-on around the Mets farm system!

Note, performance indicators—meaning green and red arrows—correlate to a player's recent performance, not necessarily any movement in rankings.

Prospect This Month Comment
Zack Wheeler, RHP After allowing a pair of homers in each of his two starts back from clavicle soreness, @Wheelerpro45 righted the ship with a sterling six-inning, one-run performance. That green arrow may be less figurative and more literal by this time next week.
Travis d'Arnaud, C Not the best news in his latest check-up: Two more weeks of mostly rest. However, that deadline is right about now -- today, in fact -- so hopefully better news this time around.
Noah Syndergaard, RHP Not a ton to report as rain is wreaking havoc on the St. Lucie schedule. Good to know he's keeping busy though.
Collin McHugh, RHP Posting a tough 10.29 ERA through three outings since getting back to the majors, including a four-inning, four-run start this weekend. Having a hard time shaking the tweener label so far.
Domingo Tapia, RHP
I guess anything is up after the cooking burn incident. Pretty brutal first start back: 0.1 IP, 6 ER, 4 BB, 0 K. Loads better in his second: 5 IP, 1 ER, 2 BB, 5 K.
Wilmer Flores, 2B
Turned on the afterburners since we last checked. As one of the five youngest players in the league the 21-year-old now leads the circuit in doubles and batted .385 over his last ten games.
Brandon Nimmo, OF
Clearly rusty after about a month off with hand then glute injuries, he's already struck out nine times in six games back. Let's see if he can get back on the pre-injury tear and take a bite out of that .227 against lefties.
Rafael Montero, RHP
Has not allowed an earned run over his last 13 innings, including 12 strikeouts against three walks. The opponent average stands at .216. Expect an immediate promotion to Vegas after Wheeler gets the call. We could easily see this kid in September and it's fair to think that he may have an easier transition to the show than Wheeler based on his outstanding command.
Jeurys Familia, RHP
Back on the mound rehabbing in PSL. He's worked a pair of one-inning appearances thus far. Wonder if he'll stop in Las Vegas on the way back.
Jenrry Mejia, RHP
Ditto. Mejia has made a pair of starts since returning. The first was so-so, but the last was a fine five-inning, zero-runs, eight-strikeout performance. Tough to see where he fits in at this point though.
Jacob DeGrom, RHP
Slightly better lately, but overall more of the same up-and-down performance from DeGrom. Walks-per-nine have ticked above 3.0.
Kevin Plawecki, C
Cooling off a bit of late; batting .270 with one homer over the last 28 games. Regardless, the numbers remain very promotable -- .343/.416/.552 and still leading the league in doubles. After the Savannah-Charleston dogfight for the first-half playoff spot I'd say he takes the lion's share of reps in PSL from Maron/Cordero.
Wilfredo Tovar, SS
After a slight uptick, Tovar is back to looking like he just doesn't have the bat to hang. What I'll say for him is that he's still one of the youngest players in the Eastern League, having faced older competition in all but two plate appearances in 2013.
Aderlin Rodriguez, 1B/3B
The hot streak continues as he's batted .345 over his last ten games, .327 with five bombs over his last 28. He's still not walking (see, 3.1% walk rate), but the strikeouts are also way down as well (see, 16.8% K rate). In any case, he's reminding us why he's got the best shot of any Mets prospect to hit 30 homers at the highest levels.
Cesar Puello, OF
The generally good season continues. I don't like the 22% strikeout rate much, but the 6.5% walk rate is a nice sign and the HBPs help on that front (he's been hit five times in his last ten games). With the overall improvement I feel comfortable saying poor man's Starling Marte -- which still isn't necessarily an everyday player.
Gabriel Ynoa, RHP
He's posted a 1.23 ERA over his last four starts. The question of whether or not to promote him around all star time is an interesting one with a glut of pitchers residing in St. Lucie. I'd certainly like to; however, there are worse things than letting the just-turned 20-year-old dominate kids that are older than him all summer.
Phillip Evans, SS
Batting .184/.255/.237. No Mets prospect has seen their stock fall further than Evans in 2013.
Jack Leathersich, LHP
In 4.2 May innings, the 22-year-old has 12 strikeouts versus one walk. On the season he boasts the third-best K-rate in the Eastern League (42.3%) and batters are hitting .190 against him (strangely, lefties are batting .357 against him). If he keeps this up -- and Josh Edgin continues to struggle -- there's a chance we could see the Leather Rocket sooner than expected.
Cory Vaughn, OF
Like Puello, Vaughn is unexpectedly stepping up his impressive, all-around game against the stiffest competition of his career. Problem is the strikeout rate is as high as it's ever been (25%) and the same goes for his BABIP (.371), so I'm having a hard time completely buying in.
Juan Lagares, OF
Not quite sure what he's still doing on the major league roster. I suppose he's still starting against lefties, but he just hasn't been able to get going at the next level and the sporadic playing time recently hasn't helped.
Zach Lutz, 1B/3B
It was only a matter of time. And in typical Lutz fashion, his latest oblique injury came right around the time he might have gotten the call to replace Ike. Too bad as he was on an absolute tear, batting .375 with a 1.071 OPS over his last 28 games. Hard to believe the Mets wouldn't find room for production like that as their offense continues to sputter.
Steven Matz, LHP
The just-turned 22-year-old has been solid in 2013 -- though the .273 opponent average is a little higher than I'd expect based on his stuff (as well as the .158 mark he posted in '12). Unfortunately, blister issues have sidelined him for the time being.
Rainy Lara, RHP
After pacing the SAL in ERA (1.42), Rainy is off to a fast start with St. Lucie, posting an eight-inning, one-run gem in his Hi-A debut. Chatter about Lara as a legit prospect to pitch in a major league rotation is on the rise.

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