New York Mets 2012 Minor League Updates: Top 30 Prospects, 6/4-6/10

Weekly updates on the Mets top 30 prospects, including hitter of the week and pitcher of the week.

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New York Mets 2012 Minor League Update, 5/21-5/27: Wilmer Flores Showing Power Potential

It wasn't a great week for the prospects of the New York Mets. Prized pitcher, Zack Wheeler, threw well – as usual – but the rest of the Mets farm system failed to stand out.

Pitcher Of The Week: Zack Wheeler (8 IP, 2 H, 1 ER, 2 BB, 7 Ks, Win)

Zack Wheeler continues to shut down teams in the Double-A Eastern League. He's 4-2 on the season, with an ERA under 2.00, and a batting average against of .175.

This week, he dominated the New Britain Rock Cats. Although it has to be noted that the Rock Cats are the second-worst hitting team in the Eastern League.

Hitter Of The Week: Wilmer Flores (.280, 1 Double, 2 HRs, 5 RBIs, 2 BBs 3 Ks, 1 SB)

Matt Den Dekker and Cory Vaughn were also candidates in this weeks incredibly weak selection for 'hitter of the week'. Flores got the nod for two reasons. One, he's usually considered the better prospect of the three, and two, we haven't discussed his upside yet.

The 20-year-old Venezuelan was signed back in 2007. He's listed as a short stop, but he'll probably end up at at one of the corners – either in the infield or outfield. His career OPS of .715 is decent for a shortstop, but because he's very unlikely to remain at short, his power potential would have to begin to manifest itself for him to be considered anything other than a fringe player.

Luckily, his power has been present in 2012. He already has eight home runs in only 187 plate appearances. Last season he only hit nine homers, in 559 plate appearances. Although he doesn't walk much, he doesn't strike out much either, and hits for a high average.

At 20 years old, he's still relatively young for the Florida State League, and if his power potential finally comes to fruition, he could top out as 25-homer guy. His ceiling is a slightly above average starter.

-- For more Mets coverage, check out Amazin' Avenue. For in-depth analysis of all the Major League farm systems, as well as the MLB Draft, check out Minor League Ball.

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New York Mets 2012 Minor League Update, 5/7-5/13: Domingo Tapia Continues To Pitch Well

For the second consecutive week in our weekly look at the New York Mets top 30 minor league prospects Domingo Tapia earned 'pitcher of the week' honors. Maybe it's time people start taking notice.

Here is our weekly look at how some of the Mets top 30 prospects performed during the past week.

Pitcher Of The Week: Domingo Tapia (5.2 IP, 0 H, 0 ER, 3 BB, 6 Ks, Win)

To avoid repeating, here's what I wrote about Tapia's upside last week:

Because he only has one pitch, he's probably going to be moved to the bullpen as he advances through the system. However; if he improves his secondary pitches he could be a hidden gem in the Mets system. His fastball/groundball combo remind me of Fausto Carmona a bit.

At first glance, Tapia's 3.94 ERA isn't going to blow anyone away, but as I pointed out last week, that number is highly inflated from one horrific start. If you remove his April 26 start from the equation, Tapia's ERA would be 1.73 on the season. Also, his FIP of 2.33 and low LOB percentage suggest he's been a bit unlucky on the season, probably all in that April 26 start, in which he allowed eight of his 14 earned runs this season.

Tapia has a lot of things you have to like in a pitching prospect: a big-time fastball, a low walk rate, a decent strikeout rate and high groundball rate. If Tapia continues to pitch like this, he'll be in Double A soon.

Hitter Of The Week: Matt Den Dekker (.370, 1 Double, 1 Triple, 2 HRs, 5 RBIs, 5 Ks, 2 SBs)

Den Dekker was a fifth-round pick by the Mets in 2010. He has speed and decent arm, which paired with his instincts on defense, make him a good defensive outfielder. On offense, his hitting tool grades as just average, he strikes out too often, and his speed rarely shows up on the basepaths.

However; Den Dekker is putting together a very solid season with the Birmingham Mets in Double A. His slash line on the season is .295/.361/.525 and his strikeout rate is down from last season. If he can continue this pace, he may be able to be a below average starting outfielder in the majors, but it's more likely he tops out as a reserve. At 24 he's not young for his level at all.

Top 10 Prospect Spotlight: Jeurys Familia

Familia has some of the best stuff in the Mets system, but walks far too many batters to be considered an elite prospect. In 32.2 innings, he's walked 27 batters this season. However; when he has his control, he shows flashes as to why he's considered one of the Mets top prospects. He went six innings in a winning effort this week, in which he walked a season-low two batters.

Prospect Spotlight: Juan Lagares

I'm cheating a bit here, because Lagares is far from a top 10 prospect – usually a requirement for the spotlight – but there's not too much going on in the Mets below average system this week and Lagares had a week on par with this week's 'hitter of the week'.

Lagares his .440 this week, with two extra base hits and a stolen base. The 23-year-old was signed out of the Dominican Republic in 2006 as a shortstop, but never panned out and is now an aging, fringy outfield prospect. What makes him interesting is the significant strides he made in 2011. His contact, power and ability to draw walks all improved at three different levels in 2011 and seemed to have carry over a bit in 2012. His walk rate is up to 8.6 percent – by far the highest of his career – and considering his relatively low BABIP, his .270 batting average is solid. The only numbers he hasn't maintained are the power numbers, but it's still early in the season.

Maybe Lagares finally figured it out after six years. He's someone to keep an eye on as the season progresses.

-- For more Mets coverage, check out Amazin' Avenue. For in-depth analysis of all the Major League farm systems, as well as the MLB Draft, check out Minor League Ball.

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New York Mets 2012 Minor League Update, 04/30-05/6: Zack Wheeler Lands On DL; Domingo Tapia Impresses

It wasn't a great week for the New York Mets top 30 prospects. I struggled to find a multiple players worthy of our hitter and pitcher of the week awards, but here are the few who stood out in this week's Mets Minor League Update.

Pitcher Of The Week: Domingo Tapia (7.1 IP, 5 H, 1 ER, 1 BB, 3 Ks, Win)

The 21-year-old was signed out of the Dominican Republic in 2009 and is still raw. He hangs his hat on his fastball, which sits in the high 90s, and touches 100 mph on occasion. The rest of his pitches range from average to below average, but he's always sported a good groundball rate.

Between the Appalachian League and the New York Penn League, Tapia pitched 56 innings in 2011. Despite his plus fastball, he only struck out 36 batters and walked 13. On the bright side, his ground ball to fly ball rate was an impressive 1.89 and his ERA was respectable, at 3.38.

This year he's pitching in Low A, for the Savannah Sand Gnats, in the South Atlantic League – the better-hitting Low A League – where he's pitched 26.1 innings with 23 Ks, only 4 BBs, and an ERA of 4.78. The Mets have to love what they're seeing in the control department – only four walks – and his GO/AO rate is absurd, at 4.30.

Despite his unimpressive ERA, Tapia has pitched great in 2012. The reason his ERA is inflated is because he had one bad start – 8 runs in 1.1 innings. If you remove the bad start from the record books his ERA would be 2.16 on the season.

Because he only has one pitch, he's probably going to be moved to the bullpen as he advances through the system. However; if he improves his secondary pitches he could be a hidden gem in the Mets system. His fastball/groundball combo remind me of Fausto Carmona a bit.

Hitter Of The Week: Cory Vaughn (.241, 1 Doubles, 3 HRs, 6 RBIs, 2 BBs, 8 Ks)

It's hard to believe a guy who hit .241 with 8 strikeouts is the hitter of the week, but like I said, it was a rough week for Mets prospects, and Vaughn's three home runs are hard to ignore.

Cory – a fourth-round pick in 2010 – is the son of former major leaguer, Greg Vaughn. He hit 13 home runs and stole 10 bases (caught eight times) in 131 games between Low A and High A last season, but doesn't really possess any true "plus" tools. He has average-to-slightly-above average power potential, average speed and he's average defensively. His walk rate is decent, but he strikes out too much.

He's showing off his power potential in 2012, as he's already belted eight home runs. That said, his HR/FB percentage is near 30, which suggests his home run pace is unsustainable.

Best case scenario, Vaughn is an average-ish corner outfielder in the Majors – possibly a fourth outfielder.

Top 10 Prospect Spotlight: Zack Wheeler

Wheeler – the Mets top prospect – was in our spotlight last week for his good pitching performance. This week he's in the spotlight for a different reason. A torn nail on the righty's middle finger caused him to miss his scheduled start, and he landed on the 7-day disabled list, retroactive May 2nd. Normally a torn finger nail isn't cause for any concern, but this is the second time in the last calendar year that Wheeler has landed on the DL with a torn nail. When he was in the Giants system, he spent nearly a month and a half on the DL with the same injury. He'll probably make his next start, but it's something to keep an eye on.

Top 10 Prospect Spotlight: Cesar Puello

I could have, and probably should have, named Puello this week's best hitter. In six games he hit .409 with 2 doubles, 2 RBIs and 2 SBs.

Puello – signed out of the Dominican Repbulic in 2007 – is one of the best hitting prospects in the Mets system. He has plus speed, projectable power and a cannon for a right arm. He played 198 games between rookie ball and Low A from 2008 to 2010, and hit a combined 7 home runs. In 117 games in 2011 he belted 10, so hopes were high for Puello coming into 2012. Unfortunately, he's yet to go yard this season and slugging only .407. He's also striking out a bit too much and barely walking.

The good news is, there's still a lot of season to be played and the 21-year-old is very young for his league. He reportedly has a strong mental make-up and his frame/upside are still traits to be excited about. If he "figures it out" he projects as an above average major leaguer. However; at High A, he's still a ways away.

He's been somewhat of a slow starter throughout his career, so if he gets it going fairly soon, he could land in Double A by season's end.

-- For more Mets coverage, check out Amazin' Avenue. For in-depth analysis of all the Major League farm systems, as well as the MLB Draft, check out Minor League Ball.

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