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.