New York Mets: Spring Training By The Numbers

Travis d’Arnaud is struggling this Spring

Catcher:  The Mets catching situation is becoming interesting to watch.  Travis d’Arnaud is the starting catcher who was awful in the first half of 2014, then hit very well in the second half.  This Spring he’s hitting .160 in 25 at-bats.  Meanwhile, Kevin Plawecki ( who I believe is the better long term option for the Mets) is hitting .278 with a homerun and 5 RBI.  Plawecki may very well start the season at AAA, but the backup catcher situation is becoming interesting, and Plawecki may be involved in that discussion.  Anthony Recker is hitting .167 with just three hits.  Meanwhile Johnny Monell, a relative unknown by the casual fan, is hitting .440 in 25 at-bats (same AB’s as d’Arnaud) with 3HR and 8RBI.  Can Plawecki or Monell unseat Recker as the Mets backup catcher out of Spring Training?

Infield:  Wilmer Flores is batting .414 and looking good this Spring.  His main competition was minor leaguer Matt Reynolds.  Reynolds is also hitting well, batting .435 in 23 at-bats.  Had Flores struggled, would Reynolds be closer to getting the starting nod at shortstop?  Dilson Herrera, who impressed many last September while with the Mets is hitting just .059, hurting his chances of making the opening day roster.  Daniel Murphy and Lucas Duda have yet to find their stroke, though that is not a concern at this time.

Outfield:  Cesar Puello is hitting a decent .294, however it is believed he will be DFA’d as he is out of options and probably won’t make the club.  Kirk Nieuwenhuis, Curtis Granderson, Michael Cuddyer, Juan Lagares, and John Mayberry are hitting very well giving fans hope that they may finally have a decent offensive outfield…something they haven’t had in years.  What’s been disappointing to see is players like Brandon Nimmo having just 4 at-bats (hit-less), and Michael Conforto with just 9 at-bats (4 hits with 3RBI), while players like Brandon Allen are near the top of the at-bat totals.  Other team top prospects like Clint Frazier, Bryce Brentz, and Devon Travis who won’t make the opening day roster of their respective clubs are getting 30+ at-bats.  Speaking of young outfielders:  whatever happened to Cory Vaughn?

Pitchers:  Bartolo Colon’s ERA this Spring: 10.29.  Everyone says he is dependable, and there’s no reason to worry, but the guy is officially middle-aged.  While many view Colon as a pitcher they count on, I’d still rather see him dealt, allowing Syndergaard, Montero, or Matz to join the rotation.  I find it hard to believe that one of those three pitchers can’t match Colon’s production.  Even with Wheeler’s injury, Colon is blocking the path to the majors for one of the Mets young guns.  Winning teams seem to promote a good young player every year.  As of now, despite a talented pool of AAA pitchers, none of them are slated for a promotion to the Mets.  Dillon Gee deserves a spot in the rotation….Colon, not so much.  No lefthanded reliever competing for Josh Edgin’s job have an ERA under 10.00.  Brian Matusz of the Orioles has been mentioned as a potential southpaw to be acquired.  It’s doubtful the Mets want to pay the Orioles price or Matusz’ contract, so they will search the waiver wire for a lefthanded reliever.  And why not?  After all, it worked so well last season with Kyle Farnsworth and Jose Valverde, didn’t it?



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