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Mets prospect watch: First round pick Justin Dunn making early strides

Long Island's own, Justin Dunn seems to be right at home in Brooklyn pitching for the Cyclones.
The Mets have been getting some great results from their top 5 prospects.Getty Images

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

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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.

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