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