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Every Friday, we'll be taking a look at how the Mets' top prospects are faring in the minors...
Peter Alonso, 1B, Triple-A Las Vegas -- ETA 2018
The 23-year-old Alonso is in the midst of a rough patch with Triple-A Las Vegas, hitting just .178/.306/.426 in 27 games since being promoted, but he has hit seven homers -- including an inside-the-park homer on Thursday night as he went 2-for-4. With Dominic Smith expected to head back down to the minors Friday night, a door could be opening soon for Alonso at the big league level.
Jeff McNeil, INF, Triple-A Las Vegas -- ETA 2018
McNeil, 26, has been shifting all over the field lately, playing second base, third base, and left field in the last week as the Mets prepare him for a call-up that will likely happen soon. Hitting a ridiculous .376/.424/.624 since his promotion to Vegas, McNeil has five hits in his last 16 at-bats, including one homer -- giving him 19 on the season.
Justin Dunn, RHP, Double-A Binghamton -- ETA late-2019
Dunn, 22, continues to shine for Binghamton, where he has a 3.02 ERA and 1.16 WHIP in seven starts since being promoted. He tossed six innings in his last start, allowing two runs on eight hits while walking none and striking out six . Before being promoted, Dunn -- the Mets' first round pick in 2016 who is having a huge comeback season -- had a 2.36 ERA and 1.27 WHIP in nine starts for High-A St. Lucie.
David Peterson, LHP, High-A St. Lucie -- ETA 2020
The 22-year-old Peterson was solid in his first three starts after being promoted to St. Lucie, but has gotten hit hard over his last three, allowing 16 runs in 13.1 innings. This is the first professional rough patch for Peterson, who was the Mets' first round draft pick in 2017.
Andres Gimenez, SS, High-A St. Lucie -- ETA 2020
Gimenez, 19, is more than three years younger than the average player in High-A ball, making his .277/.344/.426 line more impressive than it appears on the surface. Gimenez has been hot lately, with nine hits in his last 25 at-bats, including a homer, two doubles, and a triple. He is second in the league with 27 stolen bases in 84 games.
Anthony Kay, LHP, High-A St. Lucie -- ETA 2020
The 23-year-old Kay has been stellar in three starts since being promoted to St. Lucie, with a 1.86 ERA and 1.14 WHIP to go along with 16 strikeouts in 19.1 innings. He allowed two runs on two hits while walking three and striking out seven in six innings during his last start. Kay, who is returning from Tommy John surgery, had a 4.54 ERA and 1.37 WHIP with 78 strikeouts in 69.1 innings (13 starts) earlier this season for Low-A Columbia.
Mark Vientos, SS, Rookie Level Kingsport -- ETA 2021
Vientos, 18, has flown under the radar a bit. He's hitting .250/.319/.381 with two homers in 21 games he's played for Kingsport.
Jarred Kelenic, CF, Rookie Level Kingsport -- ETA 2021
The 18-year-old Kelenic, who the Mets selected with the No. 6 pick in the MLB Draft earlier this month, is in the midst of his first slump, with just one hit in his last 12 at-bats. He's hitting .212/.350/.455 with two homers since being promoted to Kingsport, and .329/.407/.544 in 21 games overall.
Ronny Mauricio, INF, Rookie Level Gulf Coast League -- ETA 2022
The 17-year-old Mauricio, who the Mets gave $2.1 million last season as an international free agent, has started his professional career on a 20-game hitting streak, before it was snapped on July 13. Since then, he's gotten right back on roll, with seven hits in his last 19 at-bats. Overall, he is hitting .343/.345/.543 with two homers, three triples, and nine doubles in 26 games.