By Bryan Zarpentine @BZarp on August 1, 2014
The New York Mets’ farm system continues to have a great season, as it’s been given a top-5 ranking by experts while three teams are in line for a postseason berth. Many individual players continue to stand out, and here are five Mets prospects who had a great month of July, causing their stock to go up.
Herrera continues to tear it up in double-A, despite being the youngest player in the Eastern League. In July, he had a line of .340/.402/.585 with his OPS coming up just shy of 1.000. Five of his hits in July left the ballpark, adding seven doubles and two triples, as he's starting to showcase his power. If he keeps this up for the rest of the season, the Mets will take a long look at him next spring for a spot on the big league roster.
Rivera has never been much of a prospect, as he signed as an undrafted free agent, but he's hit at every level of the minors. While at double-A in July, he hit .354/.385/.465, with eight doubles, a homer and 12 RBIs. He's 25 and doesn't have tools that stand out, but anyone who puts up those numbers in double-A is worth watching, especially when the Mets have had so much trouble finding an adequate shortstop.
Since his demotion from the big leagues, den Dekker has been on fire, hitting .420/.508/.630 in 29 games in July. He's made a modest improvement on both his strikeout rate and walk rate this season, and after a month like he just had, the Mets need to seriously consider bringing him back. That's especially the case if Juan Lagares isn't going to be in center field every day, as den Dekker could fill in without losing anything defensively.
Conforto is less than a month into his pro career, but he's off to a fast start, hitting .367/.446/.469 in his first 13 games with five doubles and two stolen bases. With a start like this, Conforto shouldn't stay in Brooklyn too much longer before he gains a promotion to a more challenging level.
When he came to the Mets, Becerra was young but possibly the best prospect in the R.A. Dickey trade, and we're starting to see why. In July he hit .341/.385/.553 with four home runs and four doubles. His strikeouts are high, his walks are low and he's still in the lower levels, but it's becoming obvious that he has talent and is on his way to becoming a big-time prospect.
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