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On Wednesday, Baseball America released their Top Ten Mets prospects list. They release their full Top 30 as part of their Prospect Handbook in early 2015. Baseball America is the second of the five major national prospect rankings to come out so far, joining Baseball Prospectus. ESPN.com, MLB.com and Fangraphs are yet to come.


Here's the Baseball America list of the Top 10 Mets Prospects:

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Who's hot and who's not? Some of these minor leaguers have even turned their hot streaks into big league looks...


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Oh, wow, it's August already, huh? Four months into the season, let?s check on which Mets prospects have changed their prospect stock. We did this routine in May?and June.

1. RHP?Noah Syndergaard

Stock: Still the best in the system

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Let's update guys who are hot and not in the Mets' system. We last revisited this specific topic in our June Stock Watch parts 1 and part 2 for recent risers...

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After a 1-for-4 on Thursday night, Wilmer Flores now owns an 18-game hitting streak in Triple-A which began on June 27. He's hit .375/.405/.778 with six doubles, a triple, and seven homers in his streak. Since returning to Las Vegas, he's made seven starts at second base (including his last three straight games), six at third, four at shortstop and one at first base. Flores is even walking a little bit, as he's drawn a free pass in three straight games and four of his last eight to push his season line in AAA to .325/.368/.592 in 48 games.

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June has come and gone, and three months into the season, let's check on which Mets prospects have changed their prospect stock. We did this routine in May.

1. RHP?Noah Syndergaard

Stock: Still the best in the system

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It's time again to highlight Mets farmhands wh oahve been hot, and those who have been not.

Our?previous?entry in this series was a stock watch at the conclusion of May for my preseason Top 41 Mets Prospects.

AAAHotHitter- Remember when Travis d'Arnaud could not buy a basehit? Yeah, a few games in triple-A, Colorado Springs specifically, will cure that. He's 6-for-13, with a double, two homers, three walks and zero strikeouts in 17 PA over four games with Vegas so far.

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May has come and gone, and now, two months?into the season, let's check to see which Mets prospects have moved forward and backward. While there are changes, it's still only two months of baseball. The numbers reflect my preseason rankings for each player. (All stats as of June 3)

1. RHP?Noah SyndergaardStock: Unchanged.

Pitching in one of the worst environments for a hurler in baseball, Thor's been just fine (4.02 ERA, 8.2?percent?BB, 24.7?percent?K), and actually above average in the PCL where the average ERA is 4.55 and the strikeout rate is 19.7 percent, to go with an unintentional walk rate of 8.4 percent. He's worked on using his pitches better and improving his changeup and pitch sequencing in Vegas. The stuff is there. He avoided serious trouble with his elbow, and is now scheduled to return to the Las Vegas rotation Thursday. As long as he's healthy, he'll be a Met by August.

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Last week, to conclude April, we did a stock watch at the end of the month, but now we can return to our more weekly focused fare for hot players in the system.


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Sunday, 2012 first-round draft pick SS?Gavin Cecchini?extended his current hitting streak to seven games, during which time he is batting?.500/.531/.679 with three doubles, a triple, three walks and?seven strikeouts.

This might well be his most productive seven games as a professional.

Cecchini, 20, had an eight-game hitting streak in 2012 with Kingsport, as well as a?16-game hitting streak with Brooklyn in 2013,?but he's never run a slugging percentage of .679 over any seven-game stretch before.

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After going 4-for-4 with a double, and a home run last night, Brandon Nimmo is hitting .407/.530/.549 in 24 games in the Florida State League.

As he told MiLB.com about his big night, Monday:

"I felt good up at the plate, just swinging and having fun and happened to get into a few balls. It's just one of those nights you look back and think, thank God for that one. I'm kind of going through it all, and at the end of the night, I thought, 'That was a pretty dang good night.'"
He has five doubles, a triple and two homers to go along with 24 walks against 20 strikeouts. The two home runs?already equal his season output from 2013 in Savannah, and his five doubles are over 30 percent of his way to last year's total of 16.

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Eric Campbell has been named the Pacific Coast League Player of the Week.

Campbell hit safely in all five games he played in last week, accumulating a PCL-best 11 hits for a .500 batting average.

The utility player took the field at five different positions during week, while producing four doubles, seven RBI, and a .577 on-base percentage at the plate. The six runs he scored brought Campbell's season total to 25, the most for any player in the league. He also ranks second in the PCL with 33 hits on the year for a .351 average.

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Las Vegas' first baseman Allan Dykstra was named the Pacific Coast League's player of the week.

From the league:

Dykstra dominated opposing pitching staffs this past week with a .450 batting average, ten RBI, and two home runs. The first baseman also compiled a .900 slugging percentage, while helping the 51s to a league best 13-5 record. Dykstra's .593 on-base percentage was the highest in the PCL last week, and his 12 walks for the season are tied for the fifth-most in the league. His first home run of the season came on April 17th, helping Las Vegas to a 6-0 victory over the Reno Aces. The San Diego native produced six RBI during the 51s' four-game series win at Reno.

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Thursday,?in his third start of the 2014 season, and his second straight against the Fort Myers Miracle, LHP Steven Matz took a no-hitter into the sixth inning. The only two hits he allowed all night were a bunt single and a bloop into right. His pitching line: 7 IP, 2 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 1 BB, 6 K and 11 groundball outs.

In three starts this year in St. Lucie, Matz has allowed five runs, four earned in 18 innings for a 2.00 ERA. He's struck out 17 and walked only three, on his way to a 24 percent strikeout rate and a 4 percent walk rate. For reference, in 2013, in the South Atlantic League, he struck out 29 percent of opposing hitters and walked 9 percent.

Last week, Mets pitching coach Dan Warthen compared Matz to Dodgers LHP Clayton Kershaw. There's obviously some hyperbole in comparing a pitcher in advanced Single-A with the best lefthander in baseball over the last five years, and one of the game's top five pitchers overall, but his excitement is understandable.

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Let's skip the Tax Day jokes and get right to it: who's had a hot first week and a half, and who's had a lousy first week and a half in the Mets Farm System and prospect world. Remember, it's early. Also, it's really early.

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Bobby Abreu: .478/.556/.609. He's ?11-for-23 with 4 2B, 4 BB and 3 K in his nine games. The opt out in his contract is April 30, so either the 40-year old will be a Met soon, or he will move on.

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Three Mets minor league pitchers appeared on Baseball America's Prospect Hot Sheet this week (Badler, April 11).

Rafael Montero showed up at No. 8 on the list, Jacob deGrom appeared "In The Team Photo," and Akeel Morris got a note in the "Helium" section.

"Montero toed the Vegas rubber in his first two starts this year and continued to show exceptional command?his 14.0 SO/BB ratio ranks second in the PCL?while striking out one-third of batters faced," Ben Badler wrote.

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