Mets Minors Peak Performers: Outfield Prospects Distinguishing Themselves

Las Vegas – Patrick Kivlehan, OF

Age: 28
Season Stats: .282/.333/.487, 19 2B, 4 3B, 15 HR, 59 RBI, 5 SB
Week Stats: .350/.350/1.200, 2 2B, 5 HR, 10 RBI

The Mets signed the former Reds outfielder for some much-needed depth in Triple-A, and Kivlehan has performed well hitting .298/.344/.531 in his 85 games with Las Vegas.  Those stats include his recent power surge not just with five homers last week but also eight homers in August.

Binghamton – Justin Dunn, RHP

Age: 22
Season Stats: 8-7, 2.83 ERA, 1.240 WHIP, 10.0 K/9
Week Stats: 1-0, 7.0 IP, 2 H, ER, 4 BB, 7 K

Entering the 2017 season, Dunn found himself on multiple Top 100 prospect lists, but after he struggled in his first year as a starter, he was dropped off those lists.  Dunn has spent the entire 2018 season proving he did really belong on those lists.  That includes him taking his game to the next level after his promotion to Binghamton.  In nine of his 12 starts, he has allowed two or fewer runs, and he has at least pitched into the sixth inning in 10 of those starts.  This past week was the latest example of just how well he has been pitching.

St. Lucie – Desmond Lindsay, OF

Age: 21
Season Stats: .225/.324/.339, 13 2B, 5 3B, 3 HR, 29 RBI, 8 SB
Week Stats: .400/.455/.700, 2B, 3B, HR, 5 RBI

When he was drafted, the Mets dubbed him an “offensive machine,” but in his four injury-plagued minor league seasons he has yet to fulfill that promise.  Over the past year, Lindsay has had surgery on his elbow, and he had a new prescription for his eyeglasses.  After a slow start and spending time on the disabled list for arm issues, Lindsay is beginning to look like the player the Mets once believed he would be.

Columbia – Matt Winaker, OF

Age: 22
Season Stats: .259/.373/.443, 20 2B, 7 3B, 12 HR, 56 RBI, 4 SB
Week Stats: .313/.421/.750, 2B, 2 HR, 6 RBI

Winaker has been following his career trajectory at Stanford with him first showing plate discipline and on base skills and then showing late developing power.  After slugging .366 in the first half of the season, he is slugging .531 in the second half, and he has hit six homers in August.  This is an important and noteworthy change which could completely change his outlook as a prospect.

Brooklyn – Ross Adolph, OF

Age: 21
Season Stats: .281/.343/.503, 6 2B, 10 3B, 5 HR, 29 RBI, 9 SB
Week Stats: .318/.375/.909, 2 3B, 3 HR, 6 RBI

Adolph continues to look like the most impressive player on a Cyclones team with a number of impressive players.  With his recent power surge, he’s now third in the New York Penn League in slugging and triples, fifth in total bases, and seventh in OPS.  Between his and Winaker’s development, the Mets organizational outfield depth is looking much better than it did as the 2018 season began.

Kingsport – Luis Santana, 2B

Age: 19
Season Stats:
.348/.446/.471, 13 2B, 4 HR, 35 RBI, 8 SB
Week Stats: .391/.440/.652, 3 2B, HR, 2 RBI

Before the season began, Santana was tabbed by many as the Mets prospect primed to have a breakout season, and he has done just that.  Among Appalachian League second basemen, he is second in runs, batting average, walks, OBP, and OPS.  He leads all second basemen and in hits, doubles, total bases.  He is also second in the entire league in hits.

Gulf Coast – Stanley Consuegra, OF

Age: 17
Season Stats: .218/.304/.358, 12 2B, 4 3B, 4 HR, 39 RBI, 9 SB
Week Stats: .412/.474/.588, 3 2B, 6 RBI, SB

When the Mets signed Consuegra out of the Dominican Republic last year, they were intent on converting the shortstop to be a potential power-hitting center fielder.  While the power was not there, he made hard contact, which had the promise to go for extra-base hits and homers as he matured.  With him hitting three doubles this past week and his slugging 462 in August, we are getting a glimpse of that potential.

Dominican Summer League – Felix Valerio, 2B

Age: 17
Season Stats: .317/.407/.432, 15 2B, 2 3B, 3 HR, 20 RBI, 14 SB
Week Stats: .333/.407/.542, HR, RBI, 2 SB

Valerio has shown a steady improvement in each month of his first professional season highlighted by him having a terrific August.  What really stands out for the young hitter is the fact he has more walks than strikeouts.  With that kind of plate discipline, he should not only get the most out of his hitting ability but also out of his speed on the basepaths.

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