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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
The 20-year-old Gimenez -- who is the Mets' No. 1 prospect now that Pete Alonso's prospect status has expired -- was recently mired in a 3-for-29 skid before going 2-for-2 with a walk on Saturday and 1-for-4 on Sunday.
Overall, he is hitting just .229/.302/.339 in 61 games this season. Gimenez, who can be a staple for the Mets at either shortstop or second base, was recently profiled by MetsBlog contributor Joe DeMayo here.
Ronny Mauricio, SS, Low-A Columbia (No. 2) -- ETA 2022
Mauricio, who we recently profiled here, had another strong week, including hits in each of his last four games.
A switch-hitter who the Mets gave $2.1 million in 2017 as an international free agent, the 18-year-old Mauricio has been hitting at a strong clip since the end of May, as he's raised his triple slash from .270.322/.346 to .286/.322/.376. In 69 games this season (287 at-bats), Mauricio has two homers, three triples, and 14 doubles.
Mauricio, who is roughly three years younger than the average player in his league, is the No. 68 prospect in baseball, according to FanGraphs. If he performs well this summer, look for his name to be on most Top 100 lists.
Anthony Kay, LHP, Triple-A Syracuse (No. 3) -- ETA Late-2019
After dominating for Double-A Binghamton earlier this season, the 24-year-old Kay has taken it on the chin a bit while adjusting to Triple-A. He has allowed 15 runs in 14 innings over his first four starts there, including four runs in five innings on Saturday.
Due to his incredible display before being promoted, Kay has risen from the club's eighth-ranked preseason prospect to the the third-best.
Mark Vientos, 3B, Low-A Columbia (No. 4) -- ETA 2021
Vientos had a big weekend, going 5-for-8 with a pair of doubles. He is hitting .248/.292/.386 with six homers and 17 doubles in 68 games this season.
With the Mets needing a long-term answer at third base, the 19-year-old Vientos could be the guy.
"With bat speed and strength, Vientos produces exit velocities that are among the best in the system, up there with the likes of slugger Peter Alonso," MLB.com notes in their scouting report.
Shervyen Newton, SS, Low-A Columbia (No. 5) -- ETA 2022
Newton was hitting just .078 roughly three weeks into the season, and is now hitting .184/.269/.268 in 55 games this season.
The 20-year-old Newton shows "a very advanced approach at the plate for a prospect his age," according to MLB.com's scouting report. He hit .280/.408/.449 with with five homers, 16 doubles, and two triples in 56 games last season for Rookie level Kingsport.
David Peterson, LHP, Double-A Binghamton (No. 6) -- ETA 2020
Peterson followed up two strong starts by allowing four runs on seven hits while walking one and striking out seven in 5.0 innings on June 28.
The 23-year-old has a 4.54 ERA and 1.44 WHIP with 81 strikeouts in 71.1 innings (15 starts) this season.
Simeon Woods Richardson, RHP, Low-A Columbia (No. 7) -- ETA 2022
Woods Richardson has allowed two runs or fewer in each of his last five starts while striking out 29 batters in 22.2 innings.
Overall this season, the 18-year-old has a 5.12 ERA and 1.36 WHIP with 73 strikeouts in 58 innings (16 starts).
The Mets' second-round pick (No. 48) in the 2018 draft, Woods Richardson has one of the most electric arms in the system, with a fastball that reaches as high as 97 MPH and had Mickey Callaway raving during Spring Training.
Similar to Ronny Mauricio, look for Woods Richardson to get some love on Top 100 Prospect lists later this season if he excels.
Thomas Szapucki, LHP, High-A St. Lucie (No. 8) -- ETA 2021
Now recovered from Tommy John surgery, the 23-year-old Szapucki -- whose innings and pitch counts are being increased very slowly -- tossed four no-hit innings while walking one and striking out four on June 28. After the start, Szapucki was promoted to High-A St. Lucie.
Overall this season, Szapucki has a 2.08 ERA and 1.11 WHIP with 26 strikeouts in 21.2 innings.
Aside from perhaps Simeon Woods Richardson, it can be argued that Szapucki has the highest upside of any starting pitcher in the Mets' farm system.
"His explosive fastball is electric with plus life, and he throws it in the 92-97 mph range," according to MLB.com's scouting report. "His power breaking ball can be a second plus pitch which freezes hitters and misses bats."