By Bryan Zarpentine @BZarp on August 1, 2014
As great as the New York Mets’ farm system is, it’s far from flawless. Just as there’s been all season, over the past month there have been several players who struggled, whether it be due to a change in levels or merely a slump, causing their stock to drop just a bit. Here are five Mets prospects who had a tough time in July and saw their stock fall.
Vaughn was fine when he was first promoted to triple-A, but July was a rough month for him. He hit just .180 with one home run, six RBIs and 19 strikeouts in 50 at-bats. Vaughn's stock was modest at the start of the season, and despite a mid-season promotion that stock has plummeted. Without great improvement the rest of the season, he may have reached the end of the line as a below-average triple-A player.
Meisner had a good start to the season, but he hit a rough patch in July. Despite a strong outing in his last start, he finished July with an ERA of 8.82 over five starts. The silver lining is that he's still striking out over a batter per inning, and there's still a month left in the season for him to build off of his last start and rebound from a poor July.
The Mets still have high hopes for Wilson, who's a great athlete with good tools. But he's had a rough season thus far, especially in July, when he hit .147/.253/.294. He does have five home runs in 33 games this year, but he's averaging close to two strikeouts per game and needs to do a much better job of putting the bat on the ball as he develops as a hitter.
Things have gone from bad to worse for Koch, who put up an ERA over 12 in July. He's been a complete disaster in six of his last seven starts and is in the midst of becoming a huge disappointment for the Mets, who spent a third-round draft pick on him two years ago.
A mid-season promotion was a good sign for Cecchini, but things have not gone well for him since then. In July, he hit .163/.230/.239 and at one point he was removed from a game for not hustling, which added to his list of problems. There's no need to overreact to a player struggling like this right after a promotion, but it certainly doesn't inspire confidence in a guy who's supposed to be one of the Mets' best prospects.
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