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Mets Prospect Report Card: July

Let’s check in on the Mets’ top prospects and how they did last month.

Gordon Donovan

July is wrapped, so let's take a look at how the top Mets prospects fared over the course of that month. This list is based on our preseason list of the Mets' top 25 prospects, though we'll include other interesting players who pop up onto the scene.

Position Players

Amed Rosario, SS

2016 Rank: 2
Age: 20
Level: Double-A (Binghamton Mets)
July: 79 PA, .329/.380/.486, 8.9 BB%, 12.7 K%
Season: 401 PA (290 PA in High-A, 111 PA in Double-A), .321/.372/.464, .7.7% BB%, 13.2% K%

Stock: UP

Rosario continued to rake in his second month in the upper minors despite being the youngest player in the Eastern League. His month ended with him on the MiLB DL with a hamstring strain.

Gavin Cecchini, SS

2016 Rank: 3
Age: 22
Level: Triple-A (Las Vegas 51s)
July: 93 PA, .282/.391/.385, 15.1 BB%, 14.0 K%
Season: 344 PA, .315/.392/.437, 11.3 BB%, 11.6 K%

Stock: HOLDING

It’s encouraging that Cecchini has maintained, and even improved, his strikeout and walk rates from 2015. Less encouraging: he’s already matched his error total for 2015.

Brandon Nimmo, OF

2016 Rank: 4
Age: 23
Level: Triple-A (Las Vegas 51s)
July: 38 PA, .389/.405/.583, 2.6 BB%, 13.2 K%
Season: 325 PA, .336/.409/.517, 10.5 BB%, 16.3 K%

Stock: HOLDING

Nimmo’s month began in the majors but hit just .231/.286/.288 in 56 plate appearances and was sent back to Vegas. A rash of injuries has seen Nimmo recalled to New York where he’s avoided being traded and will have another opportunity to prove he belongs.

Dominic Smith, 1B

2016 Rank: 5
Age: 20
Level: Double-A (Binghamton Mets)
July: 101 PA, .326/.396/.539, 10.9 BB%, 14.9 K%
Season: 405 PA, .281/.341/.440, 7.9 BB%, 15.1 K%

Stock: UP

Smith had about as good a month as you can ask for, tapping into that latent power to knock five home runs out in July. Smith has been making a lot of loud contact—even his outs are hard struck—and he’s doing it while maintaining excellent strikeout and walk numbers.

Luis Carpio, SS

2016 Rank: 6
Age:18
Level: N/A
May: N/A
Season: N/A

Stock: INJURED

Carpio underwent surgery in early March on his right shoulder and will be out for an extended period of time.

Wuilmer Becerra, OF

2016 Rank: 7
Age: 21
Level: High-A (St. Lucie Mets)
July: 47 PA, .234/.234/.277, 0.0 BB%, 19.1 K%
Season: 260 PA, .316/.345/.398, 3.5 BB%, 19.2 K%

Stock: INJURED

Becerra’s season came to end in July after he had shoulder surgery to remove a cyst. The power never showed up this year, and a shoulder issue could certainly be the culprit.

Desmond Lindsay, OF

2016 Rank: 8
Age: 19
Level: Rookie (GCL) —> Short-A (Brooklyn Cyclones)
July: 36 PA, .357/.500/.536, 19.4 BB%, 27.8 K%

Stock: UP

Lindsay finally made his 2016 debut for the GCL Mets before being transferred to Brooklyn. He’s been hitting fairly well since his return, but appears to still be limited by his hamstring. In the game I saw he was DHing, but ran to first with an awkward gait that suggested he was favoring one leg. Regardless, it’s good to see him on the field and hitting well.

Milton Ramos, SS

2016 Rank: 11
Age: 20
Level: Single-A (Columbia Fireflies)
July: 64 PA, .214/.290/.250, 7.8 BB%, 25.0 K%
Season: 311 PA, .226/.295/.280, 7.7 BB%, 22.5 K%

Stock: DOWN

It was more of the same for Ramos, who has been a disappointment this year.

Matt Reynolds, SS

2016 Rank: 12
Age: 25
Level: Triple-A (Las Vegas 51s) / MLB (New York Mets)
July: 67 PA, .241/.343/.276, 11.9 BB%, 16.4 K%
Season: 219 PA, 234/.307/.335, 9.1 BB%, 24.7 K%

Stock: DOWN

Reynolds was sent back to Vegas after beginning the month in the majors, though the elixir that is the PCL doesn’t seem to have an effect on him. His .642 OPS for the year in Vegas is bad, but since he holds a coveted 40-man spot he has found himself back in the majors. How much longer he can hang on to that 40-man spot is an open question.

Jeff McNeil, MI/CI

2016 Rank: 13
Age: 24
Level: Double-A (Binghamton Mets)
June: N/A

Stock: INJURED

McNeil’s remains MIA as he recovers from sports hernia surgery. A season that began so promisingly has become a crucial lost year for his development.

Luis Gillorme, SS

2016 Rank: 16
Age: 21
Level: High-A (St. Lucie Mets)
July: 103 PA, .267/.343/.322, 10.7 BB%, 9.7 K%
Season: 393 PA, .265/.339/.315, 9.2 BB%, 11.5%

Stock: HOLDING

The award for most predictable stat-line goes to Guillorme, who is chugging along as a slick-fielding, low-strikeout, no-pop organizational soldier.

Ali Sanchez, C

2016 Rank: 17
Age: 19
Level: Short-A (Brooklyn Cyclones)
July: 73 PA, .221/.274/.265, 6.8 BB%, 13.7 K%
Season: 95 PA, .225/.274/.281, 6.3 BB%, 14.7 K%

Stock: DOWN

Sanchez has been a little dinged up and has been playing everyday as a result. Still, the results with the bat have been disappointing thus far. One positive: he’s thrown out 43% of attempted base-stealers.

Eudor Garcia, 3B

2016 Rank: 18
Age: 22
Level: Low-A (Columbia)
July: 88 PA, .232/.280/.390, 6.8 BB%, 19.3 K%

Stock: DOWN

Garcia has struggled since returning from suspension.

Jhoan Urena, 3B

2016 Rank: 21
Age: 21
Level: High-A (St. Lucie Mets)
July: 76 PA, .224/.303/.403, 10.5 BB%, 19.7 K%
Season: 333 PA, .219/.285/.342, 8.7 BB%, 17.1 K%

Stock: DOWN

Urena continued to not be terrible in July, though a .706 OPS hardly qualifies for even a sideways arrow. It’s been a disappointing season for Urena, who I had high hopes for coming into the year.

Raphael Ramirez, OF

2016 Rank: 24
Age: 20
Level: Rookie (Kingsport Mets) / High-A (St. Lucie Mets)
July: 63 PA, .193/.246/.351, 6.3 BB%, 27.0 K%
Season: 82 PA, .178/.241/.301, 7.3 BB%, 31.7 K% / 21 PA, .095/.095/.095, 0.0 BB%, 33.3 K%

Stock: DOWN

Ramirez has been struggling mightily while repeating the level in Kingsport.

David Thompson, 3B

2016 Rank: HON
Age: 23
Level: Low-A (Columbia Fireflies) / High-A (St. Lucie Mets)
July: 110 PA, .282/.327/.379, 5.5 BB%, 20.0 K%
Season: 256 PA, .294/.344/.474, 5.5 BB%, 19.1 K% / 98 PA, .275/.327/.374, 6.1 BB%, 19.4 K%

Stock: DOWN

Thompson has not hit well since being promoted to the more age-appropriate Florida State League.

Ricardo Cespedes, OF

2016 rank: HON
Age: 18
Level: Rookie (Kingsport)
July: 99 PA, .281/.347/.303, 6.1 BB%, 15.2 K%
Season: 121 PA, .270/.325/.279, 5.0 BB%, 19.8 K%

Stock: HOLDING

Cespedes has hit for a decent average as one of the youngest players in the Appalachian League. As he grows into some strength, he could become an intriguing prospect.

Patrick Mazeika, C

2016 Rank: HON
Age: 22
Level: Low-A (Columbia Fireflies)
July: 32 PA, .304/.469/.478, 18.8 BB%, 9.4 K%
Season: 158 PA, .271/.376/.395, 12.0 BB%, 13.3 K%

Stock: HOLDING

Mazeika hit well after returning from the minor league disabled list. Hopefully he’s put the injury bug behind and we can get a better handle on what kind of prospect we have here.

Kevin Kaczmarski, OF

2016 Rank: HON
Age: 24
Level: Low-A (Columbia Fireflies) / High-A (St. Lucie Mets)
July: 121 PA, .343/.421/.533, 11.6 BB%, 10.7 K%
Season: 301 PA, .268/.347/.418, 9.6 BB%, 16.6 K% / 76 PA, .369/.461/.538, 14.5 BB%, 9.2 K%

Stock: UP

Kaczmarski raked in July, especially after his promotion to High-A St. Lucie. He’s an older player, so it’s encouraging to see him have success at a more age-appropriate level.

Dash Winningham, 1B

2016 Rank: HON
Age: 20
Level: Low-A (Columbia Fireflies)
July: 103 PA, .240/.252/.370, 1.0 BB%, 25.2 K%
Season: 365 PA, .242/.288/.386, 5.5 BB%, 18.6 K%

Stock: DOWN

That’s back-to-back months in which Winningham has drawn just one walk.

John Mora, OF

2016 Rank: HON
Age: 23
Level: High-A (St. Lucie Mets)
July: 107 PA, .163/.280/.207, 14.0 BB%, 15.0 K%
Season: 396 PA, .238/.324/.312, 10.6 BB%, 13.9 K%

Stock: DOWN

The people’s champion had a horrendous month with the bat.


Pitchers

Robert Gsellman, RHP

2016 Rank: 9
Age: 22
Level: Double-A (Binghamton) / Triple-A (Las Vegas 51s)
July: 26.1 IP, 5.47 ERA, 19.8 K%, 5.4 BB%
Season: 66.1 IP, 2.71 ERA, 18.1 K%, 6.4 BB% / 29.1 IP, 6.44 ERA, 17.2 K%, 6.0 BB%

Stock: UP

Gsellman returned from a quad injury and struggled early in the month, but has settled in over his last three starts, striking out 18 in 19.1 innings while putting up a 2.79 ERA. It’s good to see Gsellman get things under control in Vegas, because there is an air pocket behind him as far pitching depth in the system goes.

Chris Flexen, RHP

2016 Rank: 10
Age: 21
Level: High-A (St. Lucie Mets)
July: 20.2 IP, 4.35 ERA, 12.9 K%, 5.4 BB%
Season: 101 IP, 3.74 ERA, 15.6 K%, 7.7 BB%

Stock: DOWN

Just 12 strikeouts in 20-plus innings for Flexen isn’t going to get anyone excited. It would be nice if he could get promoted to Binghamton, if only because there is no MiLB TV for the Florida State League and I want to get a look at him. At this rate, that seems unlikely.

Gabriel Ynoa, RHP

2016 Rank: 14
Age: 23
Level: Triple-A (Las Vegas 51s)
July: 27 IP, 7.33 ERA, 12.0 K%, 4.8 BB%
Season: 127.1 IP, 4.52 ERA, 12.0 K%, 6.2 BB%

Stock: DOWN

We could just copy and paste last month’s comment in here because the lack of strikeouts remains an issue.

Marcos Molina, RHP

2016 Rank: 15
Age: 21
Level: N/A
June: N/A

Stock: INJURED

Molina is still recovering from Tommy John surgery.

Max Wotell, LHP

2016 Rank: 19
Age: 19
Level: Rookie (Kingsport Mets)
July: 25.1 IP, 3.91 ERA, 23.6 K%, 7.3 BB%
Season: 29.2 IP, 3.94 ERA, 24.2 K%, 9.4 BB%

Stock: UP

Wotell improved upon his mediocre debut in June, showing an ability to miss bats and control the strikezone. Wotell was traded as part of the Jay Bruce deal.

Josh Smoker, LHP

2016 Rank: 20
Age: 27
Level: Triple-A (Las Vegas 51s)
July: 12.1 IP, 1.46 ERA, 32.7 K%, 5.8 BB%
Season: 46.2 IP, 4.63 ERA, 31.6 K%, 8.5 BB%

Stock: UP

A dominant month for Smoker almost included his major league debut, though that doesn’t appear to be that far off at this point. If the Mets want to look internally for bullpen help, Smoker is first in line.

Harol Gonzalez, RHP

2016 Rank: 23
Age: 21
Level: Rookie (Brooklyn Mets)
July: 31.1 IP, 1.72 ERA, 34.2 K%, 4.1 BB%
Season: 49 IP, 2.02 ERA, 32.6 K%, 5.7 BB%

Stock: UP

Another dominant month for Harol, who’s just too good for this level. The key for him will be filling out his six-foot frame and finding a way to sit in the low 90s.

Thomas Szapucki, LHP

2016 Rank: 25
Age: 19
Level: Rookie (Kingsport Mets)
July: 23.2 IP, 0.76 ERA, 37.9 K%, 8.4 BB%
Season: 34.1 IP, 0.52 ERA, 40.2 K%, 8.8 BB%

Stock: WAY UP

Szapucki continued to dominate Kingsport and ended the month with a promotion to Brooklyn. I was in attendance for his start and can confirm he’s a stud. The fastball sat around 94, touching 97, before fading a bit late to the 91-93 range. Szapucki complements the fastball with a curveball that did more than just flash plus, getting plenty of swings and misses and throwing it consistently for strikes. The one issue with the curve at present is he telegraphs it a bit in the delivery, a common issue at this level. The change is the third pitch and the one that needs the most work. It’s currently quite firm, though he did flash a couple of nice ones. Szapucki delivers from a low three-quarters arm slot that may fit nicely for a slider down the road as well. It’s not without risk, but Szapucki is probably one of the two or three best prospects in the system at this point.

Seth Lugo, RHP

2016 Rank: NR
Age: 26
Level: MLB (New York Mets)
July: 10.1 IP, 2.61 ERA, 21.4 K%, 11.9 BB%

Stock: UP

Lugo remains in the Mets bullpen and has pitched admirably in his time there. He averages almost 93 MPH on his fastball out of the pen and features a curveball with one of the highest spin rates in baseball.

Merandy Gonzalez, RHP

2016 Rank: NR
Age: 20
Level: Rookie (Brooklyn Mets)
July: 29.1 IP, 3.99 ERA, 20.5 K%, 11.5 BB%
Season: 42.2 IP, 3.80 ERA, 22.7 K%, 11.1 BB%

Stock: HOLDING

I would expect better results from someone with Merandy’s stuff, which includes a fastball in the 91-96 range and a workable curve. Still, he’s an intriguing prospect and one to keep an eye on.

Andrew Church, RHP

2016 Rank: NR
Age: 21
Level: Low-A (Columbia) / High-A (St. Lucie)
July: 34.1 IP, 1.57 ERA, 24.8 K%, 6.2 BB%
Season: 70.1 IP, 2.30 ERA, 21.3 K%, 6.1 BB%

Stock: UP

Church split his time between St. Lucie and Columbia, but had a fantastic month that included a one-hit, one-walk, ten-strikeout complete game shutout. He didn’t allow more than two runs in any of his starts and ended the month in Columbia, where he has a 1.02 ERA in five starts this season. Church can command a low-90s fastball to the outer edge of the plate and has a workable breaking ball, which should be good enough to get him to Double-A within the next year.