By Bryan Zarpentine @BZarp on July 1, 2014
The month of June was another good one for the New York Mets' farm system. Although their affiliate in St. Lucie fell a game short of a playoff berth, their affiliate in Savannah locked up a playoff appearance at the end of the season, with both teams sending seven players to their league's All-Star games. Now all seven domestic farm clubs are in action, and here are 10 players who stood out during the month of June.
After missing most of 2013 and getting off to a rough start this season, Pill has bounced back well and had a great month of June, going 4-0 with a 2.59 ERA. This was a make-or-break season for Pill, and he's responded well and continued to improve as the season has progressed.
Rodriguez has had an up-and-down season up to this point, but he had a great June, putting up a line of .326/.348/.494. Other than a lack of walks, Rodriguez is starting to show signs of rounding out his game instead of being just a power source. If he can keep it up a little while longer, the Mets will have to promote him to double-A to see if he can handle upper-level pitching.
Maron had a nice May, during which he hit over .300, but he was even better in June, hitting a line of .351/.439/.474. There's no such thing as having enough catching prospects, and Maron's June shows that he can give the organization good depth at that position. With Kevin Plawecki moving to triple-A, a promotion of Maron to double-A should be imminent, especially after such a productive month of June.
After struggling early in the season against older competition, Flexen, who just turned 20, is starting to show improvement, putting up a 2.57 ERA and lowering his walk rate. Flexen is too young for a mid-season promotion, but the fact that he's showing obvious improvement over the course of the season and is quite young for his league means he should be considered a legitimate prospect that Mets fans should start to keep an eye on.
Just a year after he was drafted out of high school, Meisner is off to a good start in short-season ball, striking out a batter per inning and putting up an ERA of 2.93 through three starts. He's 6-foot-7 and has great stuff, so if Meisner can keep up this pace for the rest of the season, he'll be one of the Mets' top pitching prospects at year's end.
The 18-year-old Rosario is one of the best pure athletes in the Mets' system. After dominating extended spring training, he was given a taste of full-season ball before settling in with Brooklyn at short-season ball where he's gotten off to a nice start, hitting .295/.343/.393. His tools are still raw, but it's great to see him being productive, especially when he's young for his level.
Brosher is making a difficult transition to becoming a catcher, but that hasn't stopped his bat early in the season, as he's hit four home runs in his first seven games. His strikeout rate is high, but the power is real. And even at the lower levels of the minors, he's becoming a prospect to watch.
Plawecki is off to a slow start after his promotion to triple-A, but he couldn't be stopped for much of June when he was still at double-A. His final line at double-A was .326/.378/.487, so it should be just a matter of time until he gets it going at triple-A, putting himself in position to make the Mets' opening day roster in 2015 or become a nice trade chip.
At just 19 years old, Molina is dominating the New York Penn League through his first three starts, striking out 20 in 19 innings while allowing just nine base runners. He started to draw some attention late last season, but he is quickly climbing the charts among Mets pitching prospects and is a name Mets fans will want to learn.
Herrera earned a mid-season promotion to double-A where he is the youngest player in the league and continuing to rake, with a line of .356/.408/.489 through his first 11 games. That's obviously a small sample size, but Herrera is in the midst of an incredible season and playing like he could one day be the Mets' everyday second baseman.
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