Rosters expand midweek next week, and there’s a chance Mets fans see a handful of the team’s top prospects up in Queens when 40-man roster players are eligible to play in the bigs.
The team is also in the midst of a revitalized effort to reach for the playoffs, so any help down the stretch can go a long way toward helping New York reach the playoffs for a second straight fall — though many of the team’s best future stars are still a few steps away from CitiField.
Here’s a look at the recent exploits of the five best in the Mets farm system:
Dominic Smith, Double-A Binghamton
Perhaps the Mets’ first baseman of the future, Smith has been red-hot with the bat for the Binghamton Mets hitting .361 over his last 10 games. Before an ugly 0-for-4 Sunday afternoon, Smith had lifted his season average from .296 to .304. The 21-year-old can also flash some power, as he boasts 14 homers and 88 RBI on the year.
Amed Rosario, Double-A Binghamton
Rosario also looks to be taking Double-A pitching by storm, showing off a .324 batting average in 45 games after hitting for .309 in 66 games down in Port St. Lucie. The 20-year-old short stop had three multi-hit games last week.
Gavin Cecchini, Triple-A Las Vegas
Another Mets shortstop is turning heads, this one at the highest minor league level. Cecchini, a 22-year-old infielder, went 5-for-5 Saturday against Salt Lake, lifting his season average to a scorching .325. This comes one day after going 3-for-5 Friday. He is hitting .429 over his last 10 starts.
Justin Dunn, Single-A Brooklyn
Dunn is a Long Island kid (he hails from Freeport) and was the Mets’ first-round pick in June’s draft. He’s pitched in nine games as a professional — during his age 20 season — and has done enough to convince scouts to rank him in the Mets’top 10. He has a 1.50 ERA over 24 innings pitched and has tallied 15 strikeouts over his most recent nine innings of work.
Brandon Nimmo, Triple-A, Las Vegas
Nimmo is back in Triple-A after a 20-game stint with the Mets (where he disappointed by hitting just .237 in 59 at bats.). He’s clearly more comfortable as a minor leaguer, hitting .395 over his last 10 games — which saw him collect a base hit in nine of 10. The 23-year-old outfielder will almost surely be a September call up next week.