Spring Traning Roster Lag

 

It seems as if we are getting close to hitting the wall of the 2013 spring training marathon. Due to the World Baseball Classic, spring training started earlier than usual and the writers and bloggers covering the training camp are starting to drone on. So I thought maybe this is good time to take a look at how the 25 man roster of the Mets is shaping up:

Pitchers

(Starters)

Jon Niese

Matt Harvey

Dillon Gee

Shaun Marcum

Jeremy Hefner

 

I don’t think anyone is looking at Johan Santana starting the season at Citi Field, which is fine with me. This should be the season we see Jon Niese make the next step as a starter. Niese has improved every year he’s been up in the bigs and he looks to have shed the conditioning and stamina problems he’s had in the past. It also helps when you have two studs like Harvey and Zack Wheeler as teammates as well pushing you to keep pace.

 

Bullpen

Bobby Parnell

Brandon Lyon

Josh Edgin

Scott Atchinson

LaTroy Hawkins

Pedro Felicano

 

Those six barring injury look like they will be lined up on the first base line of Citi Field on April 1st. That would leave one spot left. Will Frank Francisco be ready for opening day? That’s a big question mark. So who would get the last spot in the pen? It could go to Collin McHugh even though he really doesn’t excite anyone when he’s on the mound.  Jeurys Familia would have to step it up in the next few weeks to stick as well. Even with a small sample size it would seem that Greg Burke would grab that last spot in the pen.  

 

Infielders

 

Ike Davis

Daniel Murphy

Ruben Tejada

David Wright

Justin Turner

 

The last infield spot could come down to Brian Bixler, Brandon Hicks, Zack Lutz and Josh Satin. Jordany Valdespin will most likely make the team as a hybrid Inf/Of.  Hicks, Lutz and Satin have shown some power in the minors and all hit from the right side. It will come down to the wire as to who becomes the 25th man on the Mets roster.

 

Outfield

 

Lucas Duda

Collin Cowgill

Marlon Byrd

Mike Baxter

 

Again Valdespin works his way here as the righty caddy for Duda and also as a fill in at 2nd base for Murph. Kirk Nieuwenhuis deep bruise of his knee hurts in more ways than one and Matt Den Dekker is the best defensive outfielder in camp but his bat is still under construction. We’ve beaten this outfield topic to death but a big question is, as bad as this outfield looks now, what happens if one or two of these guys go down with injury??? GULP!!!!!

 

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Comments

  1. I think they need to find a spot for Omar Quintanilla (I looked up how to spell it). Tejada is pretty fragile, you can’t have Turner play shortstop more than a few emergency innings, and under no circumstance should Jordany Valdespin be allowed to play shortstop. The guy can hit, but he’s as bad at SS as Lenny Harris was at 3B. He cost them two games there last year–if they’d won those, the Mets wouldn’t have had the 11th pick and then would have had to admit they just didn’t have the money to sign Bourn.

  2. “as bad as this outfield looks now, what happens if one or two of these guys go down with injury??? ”

    Who cares? Do you really think the guys behind them are much of a drop off? Does it matter if Valdespin is in there instead of Duda? Brown instead of Baxter? Den Dekker instead of Nieuenhuis? What difference does it make? Much more concerened if an infielder goes down!!!!

  3. metsilverman.com-that makes no sense what you said if they won those two games then “they would have to admit they just didn’t have the money to sign Bourn.” That would mean their record would have been better and I believe moved to the 12th spot selection where they would lose that selection if they signed Bourn.

  4. ShortyNJ says:

    I think it might be a good idea to carry a catcher or two as well. “… Because if you don’t you’re likely to have a lot of passed balls.”

  5. Still much to soon to call, but some thoughts:

    I agree on Quintanilla, the Mets need a legitimate backup SS.

    I don’t see the value of Mike Baxter, frankly. Valdespin must make team and the hope is that Collins then actually gives him a real opportunity to play on a consistent basis. Defensively, Byrd as backup CF doesn’t work for me (or for our pitching), especially if we insist on putting Duda in LF. Den Dekker is still in that mix, as is Kirkkkkk.

    If Hefner takes Santana’s spot, need a long man in pen. Burke is still in the mix, IMO. A lot of fragile arms in there.

    And yes, I’d start the season with Travis d’Arnaud in Flushing. I know that’s not popular — every body seems so intent on saving Fred more money several years down the road, maybe — but he belongs. Also, it wouldn’t hurt revenue either. The fans might enjoy it, too. That said, I see that 90% voted on Metsblog to keep our best hitting-prospect down till July. Oh well.

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