Hot/Not for July 18

Let’s update guys who are hot and not in the Mets’ system. We last revisited this specific topic in our June Stock Watch parts 1 and part 2 for recent risers

Triple-A

Hot
Hitters

After a 1-for-4 on Thursday night, Wilmer Flores now owns an 18-game hitting streak in Triple-A which began on June 27. He’s hit .375/.405/.778 with six doubles, a triple, and seven homers in his streak. Since returning to Las Vegas, he’s made seven starts at second base (including his last three straight games), six at third, four at shortstop and one at first base. Flores is even walking a little bit, as he’s drawn a free pass in three straight games and four of his last eight to push his season line in AAA to .325/.368/.592 in 48 games.

At 26-years-old, he’s not much of a prospect anymore, but Matt den Dekker has hit .402/.467/.671 in his last 23 games since the Mets sent him down from the big leagues to rejoin the 51s on June 19.

Pitchers

Matt Bowman survived a pair of starts (9.2 IP, 13 H, 3 R, 3 ER, 2 BB, 8 K) and as a reward for his trouble earned a demotion to double-A on Thursday.

Not
Hitters

Andrew Brown has hit .200/.275/.311 in 14 games in July while playing in all but one of the 51s 15 games.

Pitchers

In two starts in July, Darin Gorski has allowed 10 runs on 14 hits in 8.1 innings for a 9.72 ERA.

Noah Syndergaard followed up one of his best starts on the year on 7/6 before the All-Star Break (7 IP, 6 H, 1 R, 0 BB, 8 K) by putting up a stinker in his first game back from the Futures game (5 IP, 9 H, 7 R, 7 ER, 3 BB, 5 K). Hey, on the plus side, he leads the team in strikeouts (16) in July in 15.2 innings.

Double-A

Hot
Hitters

The reigning Eastern League Hitter of the Week, Travis Taijeron rides an eight game hitting streak over which time he has hit .438/.486/.875 with two doubles and four homers. Taijeron is now 25, and hitting but .251/.362/.502 in his 69 games in the Eastern League. He’s patient, and when he conects, the ball will go. Still, he doesn’t have hit for enough average to profile in an MLB corner role.

Seven of Dilson Herrera’s 17 hits have gone for extra-bases in the month of July in which he’s hit a healthy .315/.391/.519 with five doubles, two homers, eight walk and 14 striketouts in 13 games. The youngest player in the Eastern League at 20, Herrera is not just holding his own, but thriving.

Pitchers

Steven Matz’s last four starts in AA: 23.1 IP, 18 H, 7 R, 4 ER, 5 BB, 25 K that’s a 1.54 ERA. Opponents are hitting .205 against during this time while fanning in 26% of their PA and walking in only 5%.

Not
Hitters

None. This group has carried the B-Mets to a 10-5 record in July.

Pitchers

Hansel Robles has allowed 11 runs and 19 hits in his last 13 innings of action.

Happy Trails: The Mets granted reliever Hamilton Bennett his release after he asked. His was an unlikely professional career, and we wish him the best in whatever he’s planning next.

Advanced Single-A

Hot
Hitters

After hitting just .224/.291/.344 in 66 games in the first half, 23-year-old outfielder Eudy Pina has raked at a .425/.456/.685 rate with 12 extra-base hits in his 23 games in the second half. He’s a lean 6’3″ rightfielder, who is having the month of his life.

Pitchers

In two of his last three outings, Michael Fulmer has gone six innings or more and has not allowed a run while striking out eight or more batters. That’s the good news. The bad news is that the two really good starts were sandwiched around a messier 6 IP, 10 H, 6 R, 3 ER affair in a loss to Bradenton on July 8. Still, there are encouraging signs of life from Fulmer.

Not
Hitters

Gavin Cecchini is hitting .128/.226/.191 in 14 games in July and .186/.253/.244 in 24 games in St. Lucie at age 20.
Aderlin Rodriguez does not have an extra-base hit yet in 14 games in July while playing exclusively at first and hitting a punch-less .208/.222/.208 with one walk and 12 strikeouts.

Pitchers

Matt Koch’s last two starts: 11.1 IP, 15 H, 11 R, 11 ER, 2 HR, 2 HB, 4 BB, 5 K, 2 BK

Single-A

Hot
Hitters

1B/DH Matt Oberste rides a 17-game hitting streak over which time he has hit .464/.487/.681 with seven doubles, six homers, three walks and 10 strikeouts. It’s the second-longest active hitting streak in the SAL, and tied for the fifth-longest of the year. He said the major thing he’s focused on is his plate discipline which for him means not expanding his zone early in counts. He’s up to .321/.357/.503 in 52 games this year for Savannah. He doesn’t play the field much as Dominic Smith plays first nearly everyday.

1B Dominic Smith After hitting .271/.337/.314 in the first half with 10 doubles in 65 games, the 19-year-old Smith has hit .350/.391/.460 with 11 doubles in 25 games in the second half. Smith is sitting at .295/.353/.357 in 90 games with Savannah, so the average is there and he’s walking at a reasonable 8.3% overall. However, he’s still  looking for his first homerun. Yes, Historic Grayson Stadium is brutal on left-handed power, but at some point, like 2015 or 2016, he will need to start putting it over the wall regularly.

Pitchers

LHP Dario Alvarez – The 25-year-old’s numbers in the second half over three relief outings and three starts: 22.1 IP, 12 H, 2 R, 1 ER, 1 HBP, 3 BB, 32 K. That’s a 0.40 ERA. For the year, he owns a 0.93 ERA over 58 innings. No, I don’t know what he’s still doing in Savannah as he’s certainly done the work to merit a spot in at least advanced-A.

RHP Logan Taylor – The 22-year-old has made his return with Savannah after Tommy John surgery a year ago. His last start up in the mountains of Asheville was good: 5.1 IP, 6 H, 2 R, 0 ER, 1 BB, 8 K. He’s a big righty, who throws 90-94. He doesn’t have much of a changeup (a heavy use for him is two in a start), but maybe some day he’ll grow into a middle reliever.

Not
Hitters

OF Patrick Biondi has hit .190/.242/.241 in 13 games in July as part of a .212/.264/.259 line in 21 games in the second half at age 23.

Pitchers

RHP John Michael Gant really looked like he was ready to move on from the SAL at the end of the first half when he ran a 2.12 ERA. However, in the second half, he’s been awfully hittable, yielding 26 runs, 15 earned on 32 hits in 26 innings for a 5.19 ERA in the half. He’s allowed four runs or more in four of his five second half starts.

Short Season Single-A

Hot
Hitters

3B Jhoan Urena – The 19-year-old has hit .328/.391/.466 in 16 games in June. He’s hit for a little poop, – six extra-base hits – and he’s controlling the strike zone with six walks against 10 strikeouts.

Pitchers

RHP Marcos Molina – The 19-year-old is third in the NYP in ERA (0.94), second in strikeouts (31), first in WHIP (0.70) and second in opponents’ batting average (.129). Overall, in 28.2 innings, Molina has allowed 13 hits and four runs, with seven walks in his five starts. Mets Farm Director Dick Scott suggested to me that Molina might need more advanced competition relatively soon. That would mean he would earn a promotion to Savannah. His dominance in the NYP certainly argues for this move.

Not
Hitters

Outfielders – All three starting outfielders (Michael Bernal – .200/.212/.320 – 15 G; Tucker Tharp – .190/.277/.190 – 13 G; Joe Tuschak – .159/.213/.227 – 15 G) are hitting .200 or less in the month of July. Michael Conforto will help for as long as the Mets plan to keep him in Brooklyn.
Pitchers

Casey Meisner – After an ok first three starts to the year, the 19-year-old Texan has been hit hard in July: 10.1 IP, 20 H, 16 R, 13 ER, 2 HBP, 6 BB, 13 K. The Mets’ 3rd round pick in 2013, Meisner stands 6’7″.

Rookie League

Hot
Hitters

OF Wuilmer Becerra – Becerra has had a monster week including a two homer game on Tuesday, a 5-for-5 game on Wednesday, and another homer on Thursday. He’s up to .333/.409/.615 in 12 games in July that began with an arrest for drag racing. Our profile on him is here.

3B/1B Pedro Perez – After a slow start, the 3B/1B is hitting .315/.400/.500 in 15 games in July with four doubles, two homers and outstanding strike zone control with eight walks against 10 strikeouts.

Pitchers

RHP Martires Arias has allowed one earned run in 13 innings over one start and two relief appearances in July.

Not
Hitters

OF Ivan Wilson – Wilson has had a brutal July: .081/.239/.162 with three hits, six walks and 25 strikeouts in 12 games. Our profile on Wilson is here.

Pitchers

Andrew Church in July: 7 IP, 14 H, 8 R, 7 ER, 2 BB, 4 K. He’s allowed 16 runs in 15.2 innings over four starts overall this year. It’s been a rough season for the Mets’ second round pick in 2013.