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.
Honorable mentionAlan Dykstra just keeps hitting. He's hit .320/.414/.600 with a double and two homers in June and is sitting at .302/.434/.570 in 57 games this year. The odds are wildly against Dykstra succeeding in the big leagues, but he's turned into a productive AAA hitter.
Pitcher- None. No Vegas hurler has covered himself in glory in the last week or two.
PitcherNotHitterIt's been a frustrating year for Cesar Puello who was jerked in and out of the lineup in May. In 12 games since May 31, he just has not hit at all: .065/.237/.097 in 38 PA. That's 2-for-31 with one double, four walks, eight strikeouts and three hit-by-pitches and an extreme .087 BABIP.
PitcherThere are worse ERAs on the staff, but Rafael Montero's (pictured at right) return to triple-A has not been sharp. In his two outings, he's allowed nine runs, four earned on 13 hits in 8.1 innings. Most damning perhaps? The 8/6 K/BB ratio. Call it whatever you want - an adjustment period even - but that's not the work of a man staking a claim on a big league rotation spot.
AAHotHitterKevin Plawecki's OPS by month: April - .604, May - .980, June - 1.017. OPS surely isn't perfect, but as a very rough measure of his production, it's telling. Most importantly Plawecki (pictured at right) has already drawn almost as many walks (6) in 10 games in June as he did in the first two months combined (7) in 40 games in April and May. In June, he's bopping along at .385/.478/.538 with six walks and three strikeouts to pull his season line to .333/.378/.505 in 50 games.
Honorable Mention:After hitting one homerun in his first 40 games this year, CF/LF Darrell Ceciliani has popped three in 10 games in June as part of a .306/.366/.611 start to the month with four walks against five strikeouts in 10 games. The Mets 4th round pick in 2009, who will turn 24 in a week, is hitting .262/.307/.396 overall in 50 games with Binghamton this year.
PitcherFor nearly a month in double-A, Chasen Bradford did not allow a run in relief. In 12.1 innings from May 11 to Jun 8, he gave up just eight hits, struck out 15 and walked two. That was good enough to earn a promotion to AAA where the early results were surely jarring: 3.1 IP, 8 H, 6 R, 2 BB, 0 K. Bradford is a sinker/slider guy who the Mets picked up in the 35th round in the 2011 draft who has steadily worked his way through the system.
Not Hitter 1B Jayce Boyd, a favorite among fans reading a-ball box scores in 2013, has not hit for enough power this year to look useful in the big leagues given his limited defensive profile. He's hit .250/.289/.333 in nine games in June as part of a year in which he has hit .257/.352/.356 with just three home runs and a .099 isolated slugging percentage.
PitcherThe B-Mets rotation is a muddle of mediocrity. Matt Bowman, (4.38 ERA) in June, Angel Cuan (4.50), Greg Peavey (5.06), Tyler Pill (4.09) and Hansel Robles (6.75) have all made two starts in June. None have been better than ordinary. There's room in this rotation for Steven Matz and Gabriel Ynoa whenever the Mets decide the time is right for the next generation.
A+ Hot HitterIn his last 15 games, C Cam Maron is hitting .352/.444/.537 with five doubles, a triple and a homer to go along with nine walks against 12 strikeouts. At age 23, Maron is hitting .287/.391/.403 in 49 games in advanced-A after hitting just .235/.327/.295 in 84 games in the same league last year. That's who he is at the plate - an extremely patient, disciplined hitter who will draw walks, with well below average power. The good news for Maron is that he's a catcher. He's a fine receiver, who works well with his pitchers, but his arm is below average (he's thrown out just 21% of opposing base runners this year - and the worst of any catcher in the FSL who has faced 30 or more stolen base attempts). He now looks like a guy who will get his shot at double-A next year. Teams always need catchers, but it's hard to see how this profile plays in the big leagues outside of short-term spot work.
Honorable Mentions1. New month, same results for Dilson Herrera who rides a nine-game hitting streak into the FSL All-Star Break. The little guy is hitting .325/.413/.450 in June and is up to .310/.359/.412 in 65 games for the year with 20 extra-base hits while going 14-for-17 stealing bases. He really seems like he could be in the big leagues as soon as 2015.
2. Aderlin Rodriguez in June: .306/.306/.612. He has 15 hits, 10 for extra-bases including seven doubles, a triple and two homers in 12 games.
PitcherSteven Matz has mixed solid starts with very good ones in the last month. His last five outings: 2.12 ERA in 29.2 innings with a 26/8 K/BB ratio (21% K/6.5 BB%).
Not HitterMaikis De La Cruz in 11 games in June: .231/.286/.282. There's room in the outfield.
PitcherDomingo Tapia in his last two starts: 8 IP, 12 H, 9 R, 9 ER, 8 BB, 2 K.
A Hot HitterThe last calendar month for L.J. Mazzilli from May 13 through June 12: .394/.468/.615 with seven doubles, a triple and five homers, 15 walks and 20 strikeouts in 28 games. Hi, Florida State League, I'll see you soon.
PitcherJohn Michael Gant's command and changeup/curve is just too much for the SAL. In his last eight starts, he's run a 1.62 ERA with a 42/17 K/BB (21.4 K%/8.7 BB%) in 50 innings while the league has hit .209/.281/.254 against him. Following Thursday's seven shutout innings, he leads the SAL in ERA at 2.12 in 68 innings.
NotHitterStefan Sabol is hitting .129/.289/.161 in 10 games in June with seven walks and 14 strikeouts and is sitting at .190/.321/.353 in 54 games in 2014.
PitcherRicky Knapp's last two starts: 9.2 IP, 16 H, 9 R, 9 ER, 5 BB, 5 K. He's been passed for a potential FSL promotion by rotation-mates Gant, Kevin McGowan, Robert Gsellman and Miller Diaz.