Showing posts with label 2011 Spring Training. Show all posts
Showing posts with label 2011 Spring Training. Show all posts

Thursday, March 03, 2011

Young Mets Impressing This Spring

Spring Training is only about two weeks old, but already some players are starting to leave an impact on the new manager, Terry Collins.

Regardless of a 2-3-1 record, the team seems to be coming together nicely, especially since the main focus of this offseason dealt with off-the-field issues.

Stats really don't mean too much in spring. Rather, a player's quality of at-bats and defensive presence get noticed more.

A few of the young players have impressed Collins so far.

Nick Evans, who is fighting for a bench position, is making a strong case to make the team. Evans is out of options, so he would have to go through waivers to be sent to Buffalo. Another team would snatch him up in an instant.

He's been hitting the ball hard and will look build on his strong performance from early this spring.

Another young stud of the spring has been Ruben Tejada. We know Tejada is great with the glove. However, it's been his bat that has been holding him back.

Not only is Tejeda hitting well this spring (4-for-8), but his hits are clutch. On a few occasions, he's driven in runs with two outs and runners in scoring position. He's not going be be a power threat, but he could be a solid contact hitter.

I do like the plan the Mets have set forth with Tejada. Due to the uncertainty surrounding Jose Reyes, they will need a back-up plan, whether it be this year or next year.

However, if the second base experiment isn't working out, I wouldn't mind Tejada getting the call. He looked good in his limited time at second last year, but I agree with Collins in that he should be playing everyday in the minors to begin with.

I say this with my fingers crossed, but Fernando Martinez is looking like the prospect that he's been hyped up to be for his entire career.

Martinez is hitting the cover off the ball early this spring. He hit that clutch two-run homer in the first game and laced a double a few games later.

Unlike Evans, Martinez can be sent back to the minors no problem. He'll start at AAA where the Mets hope he can play a full season of productive and, just as important, healthy baseball.

Martinez still factors into the future plans of this club, and he may even be with the team sooner rather than later.

Daniel Murphy has been playing excellent defense, albeit at third base rather than second base. Watch out David Wright, Murph is coming for you! I would like to see more of Murph at second though.

That leads me to Carlos Beltran. We all get on Beltran for always being injured or being unproductive or sometimes shying away from the media, but this guy has always been a class act.

His move to right field has highlighted the first few weeks of spring. Now we just need to see him out there in action.

The Mets will arguably have one of the best defensive (and hopefully offensive) outfields in the majors, assuming everyone stays healthy.

While these have been some of the early positives, Met fans hope that this list continues to grow over the next month. Opening day is officially 30 days away.

Get excited!

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Originally featured at Mets Merized Online.

Monday, February 28, 2011

Beltran Switching to Right Field?

Terry Collins met with Carlos Beltran and Angel Pagan early today in a five minute meeting in the Mets Spring Training complex in Port St. Lucie. The speculation is that Beltran has accepted switching positions from Center to Right Field this year according to ESPN's Adam Rubin. When asked if the position change was true, Beltran said that he would not be able to comment until later today. Collins has implied at the beginning of spring training camp that he preferred Beltran to play right field this season, but the manager said he respected the veteran enough to let him have an opportunity to demonstrate he can play center field in Grapefruit League games if that was his wish. Beltran is still performing a running program and has yet to appear in an exhibition game. If moved to right field Beltran may add a few more years to his baseball career.

Monday, February 14, 2011

55 - Man Roster in Mets Camp

Here is the 55-man roster for major league camp as per Adam Rubin of  ESPN
40-man roster

Pitchers (19) 36 Manny Acosta
67 Manny Alvarez
70 Pedro Beato
33 Taylor Buchholz
38 Chris Capuano (L)
77 D.J. Carrasco
43 R.A. Dickey
35 Dillon Gee
32 Jenrry Mejia
48 Pat Misch (L)
49 Jon Niese (L)
39 Bobby Parnell
34 Mike Pelfrey
46 Oliver Perez (L)
66 Armando Rodriguez
75 Francisco Rodriguez
57 Johan Santana (L)
55 Chris Young

Catchers (3) 13 Mike Nickeas
9 Ronny Paulino
30 Josh Thole

Infielders (12) 1 Luis Castillo
29 Ike Davis
68 Brad Emaus
3 Luis Hernandez
25 Chin-lung Hu
65 Zach Lutz
28 Daniel Murphy
7 Jose Reyes
11 Ruben Tejada
2 Justin Turner
63 Jordany Valdespin
5 David Wright

Outfielders (7) 44 Jason Bay
15 Carlos Beltran
21 Lucas Duda
6 Nick Evans
12 Scott Hairston
26 Fernando Martinez
16 Angel Pagan

Non-roster invitees

Pitchers (7) 27 Boof Bonser
23 Blaine Boyer
40 Tim Byrdak (L)
18 Ryota Igarashi
50 Mike O'Connor (L)
61 Tobi Stoner
47 Taylor Tankersley (L)

Catchers (3) 19 Raul Chavez
71 Kai Gronauer
62 Dusty Ryan

Infielders (1) 4 Russ Adams

Outfielders (3) 72 Kirk Nieuwenhuis
22 Willie Harris
20 Jason Pridie

Oliver Perez reports to camp, wants to battle for rotation spot

Oliver Perez arrived at Mets spring training two days early and said he is "healthy now and ready to go," reports.

“I’m here to be a starting pitcher,” Perez said Sunday in Port St. Lucie, according to .

Perez has not been ruled out of the rotation, which has openings behind Mike Pelfrey, R.A. Dickey and Jon Niese.

Perez was injured, refused to go to the minors, and almost never was used at the end of last season, which he finished 0-5 with a 6.80 ERA. The report says he walked 32 batters in 39 2/3 innings in the Mexican League this winter.

He is entering the final season of a three-year, $36 million contract. Perez has mised time the past two years with knee tendinitis.

"I’m excited to be here and trying to take this like a challenge," the left-hander said. "I know the past two years, I didn’t pitch well, the way everybody [wanted] and the way I want to do it. But I’m healthy now and I’m ready to go.”

Perez would not rule out becoming a relief pitcher.

"If they want to use me in the bullpen or for one inning, I don’t know," he said. "What’s more important for me is trying to be on the team and try to help the team, because I know the past few years we’ve had trouble winning the games."

If you want my god honest opinion about the Perez situation, I doubt very much that he will be on the roster. The Mets are going to give him an every single opportunity to make the club or try and make him trade bait and increase his ill faded value.

Perez's numbers are not good and his numbers in winter ball have been horrible. So unless he has magic crystal in his pocket, it don't look good for Perez.
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