By Bryan Zarpentine @BZarp on June 1, 2014
It was another banner month for the New York Mets’ farm system, as three of the four active farm clubs are on pace to reach the playoffs in 2014, due mostly to a wealth of prospects enjoying success over the first two months of the season. Here are 10 Mets’ prospects who stood out over the past month and had an impressive performance during May.
Ynoa had a rough April, but he has bounced back well in May, pitching to a 1.45 ERA in five starts. More importantly, his strikeout rate rose and his impeccable control returned, as he walked four batters in 31 innings, and if he can pitch like that for another month he may be inline for a promotion to Double-A.
Morris blew hitters away in April and it was more of the same in May. To date, Morris has allowed one run on 11 hits and 12 walks in 28.2 innings of work, while striking out 45. He actually walked half as many batters in May as in April, so his control is improving and he should be heading toward a promotion.
Boyd had a rough April in his Double-A debut, but he bounced back in May with a line of .315/.430/.438. He showed a little more power, and had more walks than strikeouts. If he can keep that up and hit the ball out of the park more frequently, he'll give himself a chance to be a serious prospect heading into next season.
Koch had a 4-1 record with a 1.47 ERA during the month of May, showing great improvement over a modest April. He's still not striking out a lot of batters, but he's still getting guys out and pitching like someone who deserves a promotion to Double-A.
Matz had another great month in May, following up a strong start to the season in April. He has an ERA of 1.95 through his first nine starts of the season. Matz has had no bad outings, and more importantly, no health concerns this season. With him being on the 40-man roster and likely to have a low innings limit this year, the Mets can't waste time promoting him, so expect Matz to be in Double-A in a couple of weeks.
In his last five starts, McGowan has allowed just one run, and it was unearned. He hasn't given up an earned run in 33.2 straight innings, which is outstanding, even for a pitcher who's a little old for low-A ball. He's not blowing people away, and his walk rate is a little high, but a scoreless streak that long deserves some recognition.
Herrera was good in April, but he's been even better in May, hitting to a line of .322/.352/.438. He's shown considerable improvement in just about every statistical category from last season while moving up a level, leaving little doubt that he's a prospect who Mets fans should keep watching closely.
Diaz was spectacular in May, striking out 36 in 28 innings, while pitching to an ERA of 1.29. He hasn't received a ton of notoriety, but he was good last year and he's having another good season this year; so at age 21, he could be a key part of the Mets' next crop of pitching prospects.
The Mets were aggressive by giving last year's first-round pick a full season assignment, but after a rough April, Smith has exploded in May, hitting .320/.398/.360. There's no power to speak of, but that's due in large part to a spacious home ballpark. For a player to have a month like this in the South Atlantic League two weeks before his 19th birthday is nothing short of impressive, and further evidence that Smith could be something special.
Plawecki had a modest April, but he did a lot of damage in Double-A during the month of May, hitting a line of .359/.378/.602. The lack of walks is alarming, but he keeps his strikeouts low, and five home runs and 10 doubles over the past month is an impressive feat. We know he has the defensive skills and ability to handle a pitching staff, so if Plawecki keeps hitting and draws more walks, there's no doubt he'll be an asset to the Mets.
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