Every Monday, we'll be taking a look at how the Mets' top prospects (their MLB.com Mets Top 10 rankings are in parenthesis) are faring.
Andres Gimenez, SS, Double-A Binghamton (No. 1) -- ETA 2020
Through the season's first 45 games, Gimenez has taken a step back from his short tenure with Binghamton in 2018, when he batted .277 in 37 contests. This year, the 20-year-old is hitting .232 with a .638 OPS and 50 strikeouts in 177 at-bats. The Venezuela native hasn't recorded multiple hits in a game dating back to May 20. His defense has been solid, though, with a .973 fielding percentage at shortstop.
Ronny Mauricio, SS, Low-A Columbia (No. 2) -- ETA 2022
It was a solid week for the 18-year-old, who rapped out 11 hits over his last eight games with three RBI to raise his slash line to .281/.326/.355 on the season. The 6-foot-3 switch-hitter is in the middle of his first full season in the minor leagues, so it will be interesting to see if he can keep up the production as the season wears on.
Mark Vientos, 3B, Low-A Columbia (No. 3) -- ETA 2021
Mauricio's left side of the infield partner, Vientos has arguably the best power tool in the Mets' system. A second round Draft pick out of high school in 2017, the 19-year-old mashed 11 homers in 60 games for Rookie Level Kingsport in 2018. His adjustment to Low-A hasn't gone as smoothly, as he's hitting .253 with a .699 OPS and five homers in 182 at-bats.
Shervyen Newton, SS, Low-A Columbia (No. 4) -- ETA 2022
Three of the Mets' top four prospects are shortstops, and like Gimenez and Mauricio, Newton brings a stong glove and switch-hitter profile to the table. Newton's bat has been slow to catch up this year, and he's had to spend the bulk of his time at second or third to ensure he receives at-bats with Mauricio as Columbia's starter. Over 125 at-bats, the 20-year-old is batting .192 with two homers and 45 whiffs.
David Peterson, LHP, Double-A Binghamton (No. 5) -- ETA 2020
Peterson had been on a role until his most recent start, when he surrendered four runs -- three earned -- on nine hits with six strikeouts against Richmond. In his four prior outings, the 6-foot-6 southpaw yielded just three earned runs over 20 2/3 innings. But hitters are batting .282 against the University of Oregon product in a league that tends to be more pitcher-friendly, and he currently sports a 4.14 ERA with 49 punchouts in 41 1/3 frames.
Simeon Woods Richardson, RHP, Low-A Columbia (No. 6) -- ETA 2022
A glance at Wood Richardson's record (0-6) may cause a shudder, but the 18-year-old has yet to toss more than four innings in a start as the Mets exercise caution with the young arm. However, recent results are somewhat troubling. After not allowing an earned run during a string of four starts in April, he yielded five earned runs in four consecutive outings, but has recently rebounded with two stronger ones over the last 10 days. MetsBlog contributor Joe DeMayo profiled Woods Richardson here.
Anthony Kay, LHP, Double-A Binghamton (No. 7) -- ETA Late-2019
Kay has been the top starter in the Mets' system thus far and even though he gave up five earned runs across two starts last week, his ERA still sits at 1.62. Until then, the 2016 first round pick had been charged with only five runs in his first nine starts. SNY's Danny Abriano caught up with Kay's college coach at UConn last month.