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Mets Prospect Report Card: April

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With the book on April closed, let's check in on the Mets’ top prospects and see how they’re doing.

Amed Rosario
Chris McShane

With a month in the books, it’s time to check on Amazin’ Avenue’s Top 25 Mets Prospects list and see how the players are performing.

For editing purposes, because Gabriel Ynoa was traded, he will not be included. Instead, we will include T.J. Rivera, who was the aggregate 26th prospect when the Top 25 Mets Prospect list was compiled for 2017.

Amed Rosario, SS

2017 Rank: 1

Level: Triple-A (Las Vegas)

April: 23 G, 89 AB, .404/.439/.506, 0 HR, 12 RBI, 6 BB, 13 K, 7/9 SB

Season: 23 G, 89 AB, .404/.439/.506, 0 HR, 12 RBI, 6 BB, 13 K, 7/9 SB

Stock: UP

The power didn’t tick up until the end of the month, but when you’re hitting .400 as a 21-year-old elite shortstop in Triple-A, you don’t need the power to show up.

Robert Gsellman, RHP

2017 Rank: 2

Level: MLB (New York)

April: 0-2, 6.23 ERA, 5 G/4 GS, 21.2 IP, 28 H, 2 HR, 9 BB, 22 K, .308

Season: 0-2, 6.23 ERA, 5 G/4 GS, 21.2 IP, 28 H, 2 HR, 9 BB, 22 K, .308

Stock: HOLDING

Gsellman’s peripherals and PITCHf/x data are mostly in line with what was expected, so once his BABIP stabilizes from an inflated .377, the results should be better, though his high HR/FB rate is worrisome.

Thomas Szapucki, LHP

2017 Rank: 3

Level: N/A

April: N/A

Season: N/A

Stock: HOLDING

Szapucki has yet to make his 2017 debut, beginning the season on the disabled list recovering from a shoulder impingement.

Desmond Lindsay, CF

2017 Rank: 4

Level: Low-A (Columbia)

April: 21 G, 67 AB, .194/.364/.343, 2 HR, 11 RBI, 17 BB, 26 K, 4/4 SB

Season: 21 G, 67 AB, .194/.364/.343, 2 HR, 11 RBI, 17 BB, 26 K, 4/4 SB

Stock: HOLDING

Lindsay has looked overmatched at the plate at times, but he is sticking to his strengths and not getting into any bad habits.

Dominic Smith, 1B

2017 Rank: 5

Level: AAA-Las Vegas

April: 24 G, 95 AB, .337/.382/.484, 2 HR, 15 RBI, 7 BB, 16 K, 0/1 SB

Season: 24 G, 95 AB, .337/.382/.484, 2 HR, 15 RBI, 7 BB, 16 K, 0/1 SB

Stock: HOLDING

Dom is doing exactly what you want to see from him. It would be interesting to see what he could do if he changes his approach and let loose, taking advantage of the hitter-friendly PCL environment.

Brandon Nimmo, OF

2017 Rank: 6

Level: High-A (St. Lucie)

April: 5 G, 18 AB, .222/.391/.500, 1 HR, 4 RBI, 5 BB, 4 K, 0/0 SB

Season: 5 G, 18 AB, .222/.391/.500, 1 HR, 4 RBI, 5 BB, 4 K, 0/0 SB

Stock: HOLDING

Nimmo spent most of the month recovering from a hamstring injury sustained in the WBC, but he was thoroughly Nimmo-like in the handful of rehab games played.

Gavin Cecchini, MI

2017 Rank: 7

Level: AAA-Las Vegas

April: 23 G, 90 AB, .222/.300/.344, 2 HR, 8 RBI, 10 BB, 12 K, 3/3 SB

Season: 23 G, 90 AB, .222/.300/.344, 2 HR, 8 RBI, 10 BB, 12 K, 3/3 SB

Stock: DOWN

Cecchini has been slow to get out of the box, though his low BABIP and strong peripherals suggest he’s just been dealt a little bad luck and his funk is nothing to be worried about. On the flip side, his defense has looked much better at second base.

Justin Dunn, RHP

2017 Rank: 8

Level: High-A (St. Lucie)

April: 1-1, 6.30 ERA, 4 G/4 GS, 20.0 IP, 26 H, 2 HR, 9 BB, 9 K, .329 AVG

Season: 1-1, 6.30 ERA, 20.0 IP, 4 G, 26 H, 2 HR, 9 BB, 9 K, .329 AVG

Stock: DOWN

Dunn is still shaking the rust off and the results have not been there, but surely there are better times ahead for the Mets’ first 2016 draft pick once he gets going.

Tomas Nido, C

2017 Rank: 9

Level: Double-A (Binghamton)

April: 14 G, 56 AB, .196/.224/.321, 1 HR, 8 RBI, 2 BB, 5 K, 0/0 SB

Season: 14 G, 56 AB, .196/.224/.321, 1 HR, 8 RBI, 2 BB, 5 K, 0/0 SB

Stock: DOWN

Nido has had a rough go of it in April, but his abnormally low BABIP suggests better times are ahead once it stabilizes a bit.

Wuilmer Becerra, OF/DH

2017 Rank: 10

Level: High-A (St. Lucie)

April: 22 G, 87 AB, .287/.351/.402, 1 HR, 12 RBI, 6 BB, 28 K, 1/2 SB

Season: 22 G, 87 AB, .287/.351/.402, 1 HR, 12 RBI, 6 BB, 28 K, 1/2 SB

Stock: HOLDING

Becerra is back on the field, but has only played DH while getting back into the rhyme of things after shoulder surgery. Given his slugging is roughly the same as 2016, there are still too many unanswered questions.

Ali Sanchez, C

2017 Rank: 11

Level: Low-A (Columbia)

April: 16 G, 55 AB, .145/.186/.145, 0 HR, 8 RBI, 3 BB, 5 K, 2/2 SB

Season: 16 G, 55 AB, .145/.186/.145, 0 HR, 8 RBI, 3 BB, 5 K, 2/2 SB

Stock: DOWN

Not a great hitter to begin with, Sanchez has looked really lost at the plate. On the flip side, Columbia’s pitching staff has been amazing, and Sanchez must have had some impact on that.

Luis Carpio, MI

2017 Rank: 12

Level: Low-A (Columbia)

April: 23 G, 93 AB, .258/.333/.323, 0 HR, 6 RBI, 10 BB, 20 K, 7/7 SB

Season: 23 G, 93 AB, .258/.333/.323, 0 HR, 6 RBI, 10 BB, 20 K, 7/7 SB

Stock: HOLDING

Carpio hasn’t looked totally overmatched and is holding his own as one of the youngest players in the league, though what exactly the upside here is now is still up in the air.

Andres Gimenez, SS

2017 Rank: 13

Level: Low-A (Columbia)

April: 2 G, 7 AB, .429/.600/.857, 1 HR, 1 RBI, 2 BB, 2 K, 0/0 SB

Season: 2 G, 7 AB, .429/.600/.857, 1 HR, 1 RBI, 2 BB, 2 K, 0/0 SB

Stock: UP

It’s only a two-game sample, but the fact that Gimenez is even playing in the South Atlantic League is a testament to his ability.

Marcos Molina, RHP

2017 Rank: 15

Level: N/A

April: N/A

Season: N/A

Stock: HOLDING

Molina has yet to make his 2017 debut, beginning the season on the disabled list recovering from Tommy John surgery

Peter Alonso, 1B

2017 Rank: 16

Level: High-A (St. Lucie)

April: 6 G, 21 AB, .190/.227/.333, 1 HR, 2 RBI, 0 BB, 5 K, 0/0 SB

Season: 6 G, 21 AB, .190/.227/.333, 1 HR, 2 RBI, 0 BB, 5 K, 0/0 SB

Stock: HOLDING

Alonso did not have much time to get out of the box, hitting the disabled list with a broken hand after getting hit by a pitch only six games in.

Phil Evans, 3B

2017 Rank: 17

Level: Triple-A (Las Vegas)

April: 21 G, 76 AB, .237/.310/.289, 1 HR, 9 RBI, 7 BB, 12 K, 1/2 SB

Season: 21 G, 76 AB, .237/.310/.289, 1 HR, 9 RBI, 7 BB, 12 K, 1/2 SB

Stock: DOWN

All of Evans’ peripherals are roughly in line with career norms, including his BABIP, leading to a low batting line.

Ricky Knapp, RHP

2017 Rank: 18

Level: Triple-A (Las Vegas)

April: 1-2, 5.47 ERA, 5 G/5 GS, 26.1 IP, 36, 2 HR, 6 BB, 16 K, .321 AVG

Season: 1-2, 5.47 ERA, 5 G/5 GS, 26.1 IP, 36, 2 HR, 6 BB, 16 K, .321 AVG

Stock: HOLDING

Knapp is not a pitcher with a profile to succeed in Las Vegas, and after a strong start, has been scuffling.

Merandy Gonzalez, RHP

2017 Rank: 19

Level: Low-A (Columbia)

April: 4-0, 0.00 ERA, 4 G/4 GS, 28.1 IP, 15 H, 0 HR, 3 BB, 23 K, .160 AVG

Season: 4-0, 0.00 ERA, 4 G/4 GS, 28.1 IP, 15 H, 0 HR, 3 BB, 23 K, .160 AVG

Stock: UP

Gonzalez is one of the hottest pitchers in minor league baseball, starting the season with 28 plus scoreless innings, roughly 10 innings away from the SAL record of 39.2 innings.

Andrew Church, RHP

2017 Rank: 20

Level: High-A (St. Lucie)

April: 1-2, 3.67 ERA, 5 G/5 GS, 35 H, 2 HR, 4 BB, 14 K, .313 AVG

Season: 1-2, 3.67 ERA, 5 G/5 GS, 35 H, 2 HR, 4 BB, 14 K, .313 AVG

Stock: HOLDING

Church hasn’t been fooling many, striking out few and allowing a lot of hits, but his defense has bailed him out thus far.

Chris Flexen, RHP

2017 Rank: 21

Level: N/A

April: N/A

Season: N/A

Stock: HOLDING

Flexen has yet to make his 2017 debut, beginning the season on the disabled list after surgery to remove bone chips from his right knee

Jeff McNeil, MI/CI

2017 Rank: 22

Level: High-A (St. Lucie)

April: 4 G, 14 AB, .500/.500/1.000, 2 HR, 5 RBI, 0 BB, 3 K, 0/0 SB

Season: 4 G, 14 AB, .500/.500/1.000, 2 HR, 5 RBI, 0 BB, 3 K, 0/0 SB

Stock: HOLDING

After returning to the diamond after roughly a year, McNeil got off to a blistering start, but sustained a groin injury while rounding the bases after hitting his second home run of the season.

Harol Gonzalez, RHP

2017 Rank: 23

Level: Low-A (Columbia)

April: 1-1, 7.65, 4 G/4 GS, 20.0 IP, 21 H, 3 HR, 9 BB, 15 K, .273 AVG

Season: 1-1, 7.65, 4 G/4 GS, 20.0 IP, 21 H, 3 HR, 9 BB, 15 K, .273 AVG

Stock: DOWN

Harol has had a rough start to the season, spending time on the disabled list and being ineffective when on the mound.

Ricardo Cespedes, CF

2017 Rank: 24

Level: N/A

April: N/A

Season: N/A

Stock: HOLDING

Cespedes has yet to make his 2017 debut.

Cameron Planck, RHP

2017 Rank: 25

Level: N/A

April: N/A

Season: N/A

Stock: HOLDING

Planck has yet to make his 2017 debut.

T.J. Rivera, UTIL

2017 Rank: 26

Level: Triple-A (Las Vegas)-MLB (New York)

April: 5 G, 21 AB, .286/.318/.476, 1 HR, 4 RBI, 1 BB, 3 K, 0/0 SB-10 G, 21 AB, .238/.333/.333, 0 HR, 0 RBI, 3 BB, 4 K, 1/1 SB

Season: 5 G, 21 AB, .286/.318/.476, 1 HR, 4 RBI, 1 BB, 3 K, 0/0 SB-10 G, 21 AB, .238/.333/.333, 0 HR, 0 RBI, 3 BB, 4 K, 1/1 SB

Stock: HOLDING

Rivera has yet to make an impact with his bat, but has been effective table setter, getting on base.