Puello Named Eastern League Player of the Month

Well, this should come as a surprise to no one at all:

Cesar Puello, who was already having a solid year heading into the month of June, went into another gear before the calendar flipped to July. Last Monday, I talked about the type of month he had for the B-Mets, but every time I look at his June numbers, I have to pick my jaw up off the floor.

The outfielder was limited to just 17 games and 68 at-bats due to a finger injury, but that didn’t slow his production. Actually, he accumulated more home runs (eight) and RBIs (24) in June than he had in either of the previous two months. Combine that with a .441/.465/.897 line, and he had a pretty special month. That line yielded him an OPS of 1.362. And no, that’s not a typo.

The only knock on his game last month was the amount of walks he drew. He only collected two free passes, which were by far his lowest monthly total. Puello hasn’t drawn a walk since June 7th. I’ll get into this more in the afternoon, but I’m not very worried about his lack of walks. Plus, if he’s hitting .441 and slugging .897, I want the man to swing the bat!

Congratulations to Cesar on being named the EAS player of the month for June. I can safely assume that most of us saw this honor coming his way.

By the way, here’s a second look at some of the fantastic original content that was produced by our Mets Minors staff this week:

Pitcher of the Week: Jacob deGrom

Player of the Week: Jayce Boyd

Top Ten Prospect Tracker: Week 13

Meet the Mets: Jack Leathersich

What Will Become of Mejia?

Prospect Time Machine: Lastings Milledge

Boom or Bust: Matt den Dekker

My First Professional Game as a Sports Writer

Lucie Logistics: Plawecki and Boyd Adjusting Well to Life in FSL, Bowman on his Game

Allan Dykstra: From First Round Bust to EAS All Star

As always, we appreciate you coming along for the ride with us… Here’s to another fantastic week of Mets Minor League baseball!

(Photo credit: Gordon Donovan)