By Bryan Zarpentine @BZarp on June 20, 2014
It’s that time of year again. No, not the time of year when the New York Mets fade fast out of contention; well, okay, it is that time of year. But it’s also the time of year when the Mets make mass promotions in the minor league system, and this year some of the team’s top prospects are on the move. Here are five prospects to watch closely following their recent promotion to a higher level in the minor leagues.
Mazzilli got off to a slow start in April, but he's been on a tear for the last six weeks, showing the pop he needs to keep moving up the ladder. He doesn't have great tools, but he has a good baseball IQ and plays the right way. If Mazzilli keeps hitting he may be able to earn another promotion up to double-A by the end of the season and have a chance to put himself on the major league radar in 2015.
Herrera has been a .300 hitter since being traded to the Mets last August, and he's shown considerable improvement this season, earning a promotion to double-A. He's still just 20 years old, but if he can keep hitting during the second half of the season and start to show a little more power, he could definitely start to work his way into the Mets' future plans.
Cecchini was a little streaky during the first half of the season, but he finished with a solid line of .259/.333/.408. He's hit for more power this season and improved his plate discipline, in addition to having great defensive abilities. Mets fans shouldn't expect him in the big leagues until 2016, but the fact that the Mets promoted him midway through the season is a great sign for how they view his development and big league potential.
Matz dominated A-ball hitters during the first half of the season, showing great consistency from one start to the next. If he can do the same in double-A for the next two months, he could make it to triple-A by the end of the season, putting him in position to make his big league debut next summer much like Zack Wheeler and Matt Harvey have done each of the past two seasons.
Nimmo has started to break out during the first half of the season, putting up an OPS of over .900. Now that he's in double-A he's real close to the big leagues, and if he can handle upper level pitching and continue to grow into his power, he could be pushing for a big league promotion by the end of the 2015 season. He will be a fascinating prospect to watch during the second half of the season.
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