What Happened: The 23-year old beat up on AAA pitching for a week and a half while Mike Jacobs sucked it up at first base. Davis was installed as the Mets’ everyday first baseman from the day of his call up on April 19. He's been a few runs above average both at the plate and in the field, and by WAR is the fifth-most valuable Met.
Stock: I feel good about ranking Davis #1 coming into the season. This might have been my best call.
#2 OF Fernando MartinezWhy Ranked Here: Martinez had yet to turn his plus batspeed into monster game production because injuries kept taking him out of the lineup, cutting short his development. Specifically, when he becomes more selective, he will draw more walks and hit for more power because he'll be swinging at better pitches.
What Happened: He strained his hamstring and missed a whole month from May 9th to June 11th. The 21-year old refused to walk early, but has become more patient as the season has gone on.
Stock: Down. Seattle did not regard Martinez as a worthy centerpiece on which to build a deal for Cliff Lee. Martinez is no longer considered an elite prospect in baseball. A big second half could change that, but he’ll have to stay on the field every day.
What Happened: Jerry Manuel got his way, and put the 20-year Mejia on the big league roster, hoping to have Mejia take hold of the magical eighth inning role. Mejia wasn’t ready (15 BB/17 K in 27.2 IP) and pitched to a -0.1 WAR. Mets fans saw the potential in his explosive arm, and his cutting fastball which generated lots of grounders, however, his very spot on the roster combined with Manuel’s inconstant usage, caused much angst and tearing of garments among the Mets faithful. Returned to AA to stretch out as a starter, the Mets had Mejia throw 60 pitches every fourth day for the first three starts, and Mejia came down with a sore shoulder. He’s rehabbing now.
When he's healthy, he'll head to the AA rotation, where he belongs work on his fastball command and his secondary stuff.
Stock: Baffled. But really pretty similar to last winter.
What Happened: Niese has established himself as a rotation regular. He's fourth on the Mets’ pitching staff in WAR at 1.3 trailing only Johan Santana (2.1), Mike Pelfrey and the shocking R.A. Dickey (1.4).
Stock: Up. Gone from our lists for good.
What Happened: Thole got off to a dreadful start for Buffalo hitting .172/.242/.259 in April, but was a force after a brief big league call-up. After May 1, the 23-year old hit .318/.411/.523 in AAA, with 17 extra-base hits in 107 AB, adding a little power to his contact oriented game. Oh, and he's hit in the big leagues.
Defensively, his six passed balls were tied for second in the International League and he threw out only 18% of baserunners. On the plus side, he's handled RA Dickey's knuckler well. Will his offense make up for his arm? My answer is simply, yes. He’s a better hitter than Rod Barajas (.238/.276/.432) and should play regularly in the second half if the Mets are interested in fielding their best team.
What Happened: The 18-year old Flores was the best hitter in the SAL for the first five weeks of the season, and then very ordinary in the next four. Promoted to St. Lucie, he hit safely in 16 of his first 17 games at advanced-A at the age of a high school senior. He’s still a few years away, but there’s lots to like here. Note that he just doesn't strike out. His hands are tremendous, and an asset at the plate and in the field.
What Happened: As Mets pitching coordinator Rick Waits told MMiLB, Holt “He just got confused. He was thinking about way too much. We sent him down to St. Lucie to get his stuff together a little bit.” That’s the nice way of saying that the 23-year old Holt has easily been the biggest disappointment in the Mets' system in 2010. Remember Holt dominated advanced-A last year. This year, he has a K/BB ratio of nearly one.
What Happened: He blew up. The 22-year old is leading the EL in doubles and extra-base hits and is eighth in the league in batting average and fifth in slugging. Scouts aren't sold that he can play center field everyday in the big leagues, but there's a growing consensus that he's a big leaguer and if he keeps hitting like this, he'd be an asset anywhere.
What Happened: He added velocity to his fastball, but is walking almost 6.7 guys per 9 innings. He leads St. Lucie with 19 wild pitches.
Stock: Down. Love the velo. Like the strikeouts. Hate the walks. ‘Pen in the big leagues?
What Happened: He hit and then he got hurt. Or more specifically, he was hurt, then he hit, then he got hurt again. He’s currently sidelined with a strained oblique.
Stock: Depends on his health. On June 10, the day before he left the B-Mets game with his latest oblique flare-up, it was up. Now, it’s merely hurting.