What Happened: Hitting almost .300 in AAA at age 20 is pretty nice. Since, he’s hit .217/.298/.261 in 31 games in for the Mets while playing impressive defense. The glove is ahead of the bat, and his eventual ceiling is still hazy because of questions about his bat.
Stock: Pretty similar, actually.
What Happened: Just 19 for the second half of 2010, Marte’s defense had gotten better, even if the error total is still unsightly. He makes the routine plays routinely now with improved footwork and now mixes in the extraordinary once in a while especially charging balls. At the plate, he’s shown more patience and more power than he did a year ago. As of today, he rides an eight-game hitting streak and is hitting Is his .333/.375/.667 start to July the beginning of a big surge or just a blip?
What Happened: His K/BB ratio is hovering near one. That’s not good. He’s been one of the big disappointments in the system.
What Happened: Matz had Tommy John Surgery this spring.
Stock: Down a tick, but only a tick. TJ happens. Most pitchers who do the work to rehab, come back fine.
What Happened: The 19-year old Puello was far rawer than I expected. He’s a plus runner who’s already a shrewd base-stealer and a strong right fielder. The SAL has learned not to challenge his strong throwing arm. However, at the plate struggled through a .192/.259/.232 May while rebuilding his swing to shorten his hand path and get his front foot down earlier. He improved to .303/.386/.382 in June. The power is still largely about projection. He’ll hit bombs during batting practice, but is still looking for his first one in a game this year.
Stock: Holding. If the power comes in the second half, it’ll be up.
What Happened: He made his professional debut on June 22. He’s had three really good outings, mixed around one eight-run mess in his third start. He’s been touching 90 at age 17 and the Mets are really excited about Urbina, who already possesses a usable curveball and changeup.
What Happened: He’s been injured and largely ineffective. Oops.
Stock: Off this list. Will he be part of the problem or the solution in the Mets bullpen?
What Happened: The 24-year old missed time after getting struck on the head, but with more walks than strikeouts this year, he’s regressed.
What Happened: The 20-year old Pena broke his foot in spring training and now is not expected back until the end of this month or early August.