Mets Minors: Bowman and Montero Top Our Hot List
Who’s Hot (5/19-5/26)
- Matthew Bowman, RHP (STL): Bowman had an excellent week, posting a 2.57 ERA in two starts. He tossed 14 innings and allowed four runs on 14 hits. Most impressive, however, were his 17/2 strikeout to walk ratio. Bowman has quietly had a very good season and was one of the first players to earn a promotion this season after posting a 2.64 ERA in 30.2 innings in Savannah. So far in St. Lucie, he has a 2.33 ERA in 27 innings.
- Rafael Montero, RHP (BIN): Montero has had an incredible season and had an incredible two starts this week. After being called up to make a spot start for Las Vegas, Montero shut down the Iowa Cubs, limiting them to two runs on four hits in seven innings. Going back to Binghamton later in the week didn’t phase him one bit, as he tossed six shutout frames against the Portland Sea Dogs, striking out eight and walking two. In all, Montero pitched 13 innings this week and struck out 13 batters while walking just three.
- Josh Rodriguez, SS (BIN): Rodriguez probably had the best week at the plate in the Mets organization. Rodriguez, 28, hit .538 this week with one home run, four runs batted in, and seven walks, putting his OPS at an astounding 1.405 for the week.
Honorable Mention: Francisco Pena, C (LAS): Pena has been on fire since his promotion to Triple-A Las Vegas last week. Since getting bumped up, he is hitting .384 with two home runs. He is driving the ball well, tripling his career line drave rate. If he can keep this up, Anthony Recker‘s backup catcher spot may be in danger by the end of the year.
- D.J. Mitchell, RHP (LAS): Mitchell has had a very tough week. The former Yankees farmhand, who was picked up by the Mets earlier this year, has had two straight bad starts for Las Vegas. In his last outing, he lasted just 2.2 innings and allowed four runs on five hits before being pulled. Before that, he lasted just four innings and gave up five runs on seven hits.
- Cory Vaughn, OF (BIN): Vaughn has been impressive for most of the season, but this past week, he struggled. He hit just .207 with ten strikeouts in 31 plate appearances. Luckily, Vaughn is still hitting .287 on the year with a .814 OPS and .383 wOBA to go along with his five homers. This week was just a minor setback in what has been a breakout year.
- Gilbert Gomez, OF (STL): Gomez has had a really difficult time adjusting to his first taste of major playing time in the Florida State League. He is hitting just .224 on the season with a concerning 61.3% ground ball rate. Gomez has seen his line drive rate fall below 10% this season as well. This week, he hit .087 with eight strikeouts in 27 trips to the plate.
About the Author: Connor O'Brien
I'm a 16 year-old blogger, high school student, and lifelong Mets fan. I've been blogging about the Mets in some form or another for about four years. I embrace the new age, sabermetric way of thinking, but also recognize the importance of scouting and player devlopment. Follow me on Twitter @UpAlongFirst
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