Cesar Puello did not duplicate his breakout 2013 season but he is finishing this year with a flourish. Monday he had his third straight multiple-hit game with an RBI. Over his last 44 games, Puello has a .293/.405/.519 line with 18 XBH in 159 PA. The streak includes 32 runs and he was also successful on all five steal attempts.
The good news is that’s a nice extended stretch of good hitting. The bad news is that’s nothing special for the PCL and it came with a .363 BABIP. But given that he started the year with a .620 OPS over 212 PA, it shows that Puello has made improvement as the season has progressed.
Puello started the year with high expectations but was yanked from the everyday lineup due to poor production. Just when he started to find his groove, he wound up on the disabled list with a concussion. He’s been in the lineup on a full-time basis since returning to action on July 6th.
In an ideal world, Chris Young turned in a productive year for the Mets in 2014 and then left for greener pastures, replaced by Puello. Neither player really held up their end of the bargain this season. At least Puello has rebounded to be in the conversation. But even if the Mets do not get a big OF bat in the offseason, Puello will have to deal with Matt den Dekker and Eric Campbell ahead of him and two recent first-round picks behind him vying for a starting OF spot.
L.J. Mazzilli started the year in Lo-A but recently skipped Double-A and found himself in Las Vegas. Mazzilli had a hit in five ABs in his PCL debut.
After a slow start, Kevin Plawecki started to hit for the 51s but was not providing much in the power department. Last Wednesday, he had a four-hit game and clubbed two homers. But in three games since then, he’s 1-14.
The Mets had another aggressive promotion, sending 2012 first-round pick Gavin Cecchini to Binghamton. Cecchini had an .838 OPS over his final 33 games for St. Lucie. In his Double-A debut, he singled and scored a run over four at-bats.
Since the beginning of August, Jayce Boyd has been on fire. In his last 112 PA, Boyd has a .372/.464/.574 line. The 23 year old has a .382 OBP this season.
In three games this past week, covering 6.2 IP, Hansel Robles allowed just 1 ER and had 12 Ks. Two of the three games he came on in relief and in 12 games out of the pen this season, Robles has limited opposing batters to a .453 OPS and has a 24/7 K/BB ratio.
Maikis De La Cruz has not turned many heads his four years in the organization. But over the past two weeks, the Dominican native has had perhaps the best stretch of his career, batting .333 with an .847 OPS. He has seven extra-base hits in his last 57 at-bats.
Switch-hitter Jared King is riding a seven-game hitting streak. Since July 31, he has an .853 OPS over his last 120 PA.
Savannah was hit hard when many of its starts were promoted after the mid-season All-Star game. But the Sand Gnats just received reinforcements from Brooklyn. Michael Conforto, Amed Rosario and Jhoan Urena were promoted from the Cyclones for a chance to participate in the playoffs.
Robert Whalen ran his Savannah record to 9-1 with five shutout innings Monday against the Rome Braves. Whalen missed two months with an infection on his throwing hand but after undergoing a minor procedure, he came back to post a 2.11 ERA over his final seven games.
August was a good month for Kingsport 1B Zack Mathieu. A collegiate pick from the 2013 draft, Mathieu had struggled in his second go-round in the Appalachian League. But over the last month, he posted a .313/.370/.482 line in 92 PA.
In his last start of the season, Wuilmer Becerra went 3-for-5 with a triple and 4 RBIs. He finished the year with a .300/.351/.469 line and placed fifth in the Appalachian League in Slugging.
Vicente Lupo claimed the final Player of the Week award of the season for the Appalachian League. He tied Becerra for fourth in the loop in homers (7) and his .504 Slugging would have led the league if he had enough PA to qualify.
Over his final 17 games with Kingsport, Jean Rodriguez had a .968 OPS, which earned him a late promotion to Brooklyn. In three games with the Cyclones, Rodriguez is 2-7 with a triple and a run scored.
Georgia native Raphael Ramirez shook off a slow start to post a solid professional debut in the Gulf Coast League. In his first 20 games, the 18 year old had a .418 OPS. But in his final 21 games, Ramirez posted a .320/.369/.453 line, with six extra-base hits, including four triples. Ramirez swiped 16 bases in 19 tries during this stretch.