Who’s Hot, Who’s Not (May 12-18)

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Who’s Hot

  • Rainy Lara, RHP (SAV): Lara has put together one of the best weeks we’ve seen from a minor league pitcher so far. In two starts, he has tossed 16 (no that’s not a typo) shutout innings for Savannah. Even better, he has allowed only four hits during that span while walking just two and striking out 18. One of the unsung heroes of the Brooklyn rotation last year, Lara is putting his name out there as one of the better pitching prospects in the system. He could earn a promotion to St. Lucie soon if he keeps this up.
  • Eric Campbell, OF (LAS): Campbell and the rest of the Las Vegas lineup have been tearing the cover off the ball lately. After getting off to a very cold start, Campbell has been on fire, hitting .533 this week with a 1.230 OPS. As someone who can hit lefties well, Campbell has an outside shot at making the big league club this season if someone gets hurt.
  • Zach Lutz, 3B (LAS): Lutz is making a case for himself to replace the struggling Ike Davis at first base. Lutz, about to turn 27, may finally get the big break he deserves. This week, he hit .476 with a 1.399 OPS, a home run, three doubles, and a triple.

Honorable Mention: Rylan Sandoval, IF (STL): Sandoval, a 30th-round pick in 2007, has been relatively unknown. This is his third year in St. Lucie, but has only had about a full season worth of playing time. He hit .529 this week with two doubles and a 1.203 OPS in 18 plate appearances.

Who’s Not

  • Phillip Evans, SS (SAV): Evans made a name for himself in Brooklyn after being picked in the 15th round in the 2011 draft. Evans had the talent of a early-round pick, but dropped only because of signability concerns. Evans proved last year why there was so much hype around him, but has gone cold recently.
  • Alonzo Harris, OF (BIN): Harris is another guy who had a breakout season last year but has struggled this season. He had a tough week at the plate, batting .118 with only one extra-base hit and a meager .376 OPS.
  • Matthew Reynolds, SS (STL): Reynolds, the Mets’ second-round pick last season, is batting just .200 in the month of May, and has been even worse lately. He hit .125 this week with only a single extra-base hit and five strikeouts in 27 trips to the plate.

Remember, if you have any minor league questions, send them in to the Mets Minor League Mailbag at metsminorleaguemailbag@gmail.com!

About Connor O'Brien
I'm a 17 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.

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