It’s on to 2017 for the New York Mets as the Spring Training games have gotten underway. With the latest David Wright setback who will be the latest guy to step up and watch for this spring. According to Bleacher Report here are five players to watch for this spring.
The Mets bullpen ranked third last season in the National League in ERA (3.51) and second in strikeouts per nine innings (9.75). Possibly Wilk can help turn this bullpen around.
Adam Wilk was a non-roster invitee has a 6.49 ERA in 26.1 Innings with the Detroit Tigers and the Los Angeles Angels. He has thrown 3.2 scoreless innings with no walks and four strikeouts this spring.
The 26 year-old right – hander has averaged 9.2 strikeouts per nine innings over 73.1 innings with the Mets, he also has an 5.15 ERA in the same span.
Through four exhibition games Montero has allowed no hits, no runs, and six strikeouts. Manager Terry Collins told http://NorthJersey.com. Maybe the once top prospect still has the stuff to turn it around.
“I’ve been watching him throw this spring. The arm’s still there, the stuffs still there, got to command it. When he got to the big leagues it was because he was a strike thrower, and we haven’t seen that yet. If he does, he gets outs. The games that he’s pitched the best is when he throws strikes.”
3. T.J. Rivera, INF
With Jose Reyes most likely to take over third base for the injured David Wright that opens up a spot for a utility infielder, and thats were T.J. Rivera comes in. He hit .333 with three home runs in 33 games for the Mets last season. The 28-year-old has been getting reps at third base, and had a home run Thursday while starting at third. He told MLB.com “My mentality whenever I come to spring is I’m going to fight to be the best player I can be.”
4. Gavin Ceechini, INF
The 12th overall pick in the 2012 draft, Gavin Ceechini had two doubles in six at-bats in 2016. He’s 5-9 so far in Grapefruit League action with a double, and a home run while playing second base.
5. Brandon Nimmo, LF/CF/RF
The outfield is pretty crowded with veterans Yoenis Cespedes, Curtis Granderson, and Jay Bruce are joined by Michael Conforto who is having a good spring and Juan Lagares.
Nimmo played left, center, and right field for the Mets last year and hit .274 in 32 games.
Nimmo has struggled in camp so far going 3-for-12 with an RBI but no extra-base hits. An unnamed scout said to the New York Post, “if I was a betting man I would bet Nimmo is on another team at the deadline.”