July is over and we're now entering the dog days of August, not just for the big leagues, but for the minor leagues too.  Let's check in with how the Mets farm clubs are fairing, which is quite good:Las VegasThe 51s have had a great summer, and they are now 60-50 with a 2 game lead in the PCL Southern Pacific Division.  Veterans like Matt Fox and Giancarlo Alvarado have led the rotation and given the 51s a chance to win on a nightly basis. Top prospects Rafael Montero and Jacob deGrom have been solid, but the conditions in the PCL have not been all that kind. Montero isn't likely to see the big leagues this season unless the Mets really need an extra starter, although deGrom could certainly be a September call up.  The name in the bullpen to watch is Jack Leathersich, who continues to strike out and walk batters at a high rate, and unless that drastically changes soon he won't be joining the Mets anytime this season.The 51s lineup is quite potent, with almost every starter either seeing time in the big leagues this season, or deserving time in the big leagues this season. Zach Lutz, Wilmer Flores, and Ruben Tejada lead the infield while Mike Baxter, Matt den Dekker and Kirk Nieuwenhuis are patrolling the outfield, with Francisco Pena and Juan Centeno holding down the catching duties.  The recent addition of Jordany Valdespin has also helped.  Obviously, Flores is the marquee guy, and in July he put up a line of .353/.380/.529.  He remains the PCL leader in RBI's and is second in doubles, and he remains ready for the big leagues whenever the Mets have a spot for him.  It'll be interesting to watch Vegas play for a postseason spot down the stretch, and if that will effect September call ups.BinghamtonThe B-Mets keep plugging along at 67-42 with a comfortable 11.5 game lead in the Eastern League East Division.  It's only a matter of time until they clinch a playoff spot.  Noah Syndergaard has quickly become the team's ace, and he should help carry them into the playoffs.  Darin Gorski is dominating AA, something he didn't do last year, while Logan Verrett and Erik Goeddel have been steady parts of the rotation as well.  Jeff Walters has already set a B-Mets record for saves, and has been excellent as the team's closer.Offensively, Cesar Puello continues to lead the way, although his power has slowed down (in July he had a better OBP than slugging).  Allan Dykstra continues to mash homers, while Danny Muno and Wilfredo Tovar have shook off slow starts and have become regular contributors with the bat.  Darrell Ceciliani also had a great July, hitting .382/.439/.584.St. LucieThe Lucies were briefly in first place, but now find themselves in second place in a tight FSL South Division second half race.  For the season they are 57-46, the second best record in the FSL.  Once again, pitching is a strength for the Lucies.  Domingo Tapia and Hansel Robles haven't pitched like the top prospects the Mets are hoping they have, but guys like Matt Bowman and Rainy Lara have pitched well and helped them win games.  Michael Fulmer has also returned from injury to complete their rotation, but he has been a little slow to get going.Offensively, the Lucies were quite inept during the first half of the season, but the additions of Jayce Boyd, Kevin Plawecki, and Kyle Johnson have helped.  Aderlin Rodriguez has been injured for a while, which has hurt, but Dustin Lawley has hit 21 homers to give St. Lucie a big power bat in their lineup.  Cory Vaughn is also in St. Lucie, and could be an important part of their playoff run if the Mets don't promote him back to Binghamton.SavannahThe Gnats won the first half division title, so they are playoff bound despite hovering around .500 in the second half.  Overall, Savannah is 61-43, which is the best record in the SAL.  As usual, it's all about pitching.  Some key guys have already been promoted, but Gabriel Ynoa, Luis Cessa, and Steven Matz are still around and will probably carry the Gnats into the playoffs.  Matt Koch and Jake Keubler have been solid to round out the rotation.  Julian Hilario and Beck Wheeler have turned into relievers to keep an eye on.The absence of Boyd and Plawecki has hit the Savannah offense hard.  Jorge Rivero, Maikis De La Cruz, and Eudy Pina have tried to push runs across, but Brandon Nimmo has continued to struggle following his wrist injury, while Stefan Sabol and Phillip Evans have yet to get it going this season.  With the Gnats guaranteed of a playoff spot, the Mets will need to give their lineup some help by the end of August.BrooklynFor the first time in a while, the Cyclones don't have one of the top teams in the NYPL, but they've turned it on as of late and are 20-22, just 3 games back in their division.  The pitching has been pretty solid, with Robert Gsellman, John Gant, and Miller Diaz all emerging as potential prospects to watch.  The bullpen has also been good, especially Akeel Morris, who features an electric fastball and has not allowed an earned run in 25 innings this year.L.J. Mazzilli, Jared King, and James Roche have been their best hitters, while getting little help elsewhere.  Gavin Cecchini has struggled since returning from an ankle injury that kept him out for nearly a month.  Catching prospect Tomas Nido was much better in July and while he's still hitting just .219, that's not too bad for a young 19 year old in the NYPL.  If the Cyclones have a playoff push in them it'll have to come from the pitching.  It's probably unlikely that they get to the postseason once again, but it's at least nice that they're close and competing.KingsportThe K-Mets had a great July and they are now 24-15, firmly in a playoff spot and just 2 games out in their division. Robert Whalen and Chris Flexen have headlined the rotation, and are becoming legitimate prospects.  Persio Reyes, Martires Arias, and Yoan Gonzalez round out a solid rotation that has helped launch the K-Mets into contention.Outfielder Victor Cruzado and middle infielders Yeixon Ruiz and Jeff McNeil lead the offense, while some of the better prospects struggle a bit, due to their young age.  Amed Rosario is hitting .220/.265/.362 as a 17-year old after the Mets paid him big money to sign last summer.  Third baseman Pedro Perez has come on strong as of late, and will become a guy to watch.  Outfielder Joe Tuschak, a 6th round pick in 2011, is finally having some professional success, while this year's 6th round pick Champ Stuart is also having a nice summer for a guy that was considered quite raw, hailing from the Bahamas.  There really is quite a nice collection of talent in Kingsport, probably more so than in Brooklyn and Savannah (they are younger, but their ceilings are higher), and it's all started to come together in the past couple of weeks.GCLThe GCL Mets are 10-25 and 19 games back in their division.  Much like Kingsport, the GCL team has a lot of talent, but is quite young and hasn't been able to turn it into wins.  10th round shortstop Luis Guillorme (18 years old) has had a nice summer; 18 year old third baseman Jhoan Urena is also hitting well; first round pick Dom Smith has done well in his first professional season; young outfielders Wuilmer Becerra and Ivan Wilson (3rd round this year) have held their own as well.  However, Vicente Lupo, Oswald Carraballo, and Elvis Sanchez have struggled after coming over from the Dominican.Pitching wise, 18 year old Marcos Molina and 3rd round pick Casey Meisner have stood out, while Andrew Church (2nd round) has been better as of late.DSLI won't spend too much time on the DSL, although DSL Mets2 is second in their division, but 7 games out and unlikely to get to the postseason.  Here's a few names to be cognizant of: SS Alfredo Reyes was kind of a big deal when he signed and is having a nice season; 16-year old Jose Medina has been outstanding with a 0.41 ERA and 40 K's in 44 innings; 18-year old lefty Adrian Almeida is small but has nice numbers; 18-year old righty Adonis Uceta also has nice numbers.