After announcing the first round of cuts from MLB camp last night, the Mets have announced they have cut an additional seven players from camp to bring the amount of players in camp down to 44. The seven players cut are:
- RHP Chris Flexen
- RHP Tyler Bashlor
- 1B Peter Alonso
- OF Zach Borenstein
- OF Kevin Kaczmarski
- C Patrick Mazeika
- 3B David Thompson
With the possible exception of the outfielders, none of these cuts were all too surprising. While it was expected Borenstein and Kaczmarski would being the year in Triple-A, the Mets looking to trade Juan Lagares and the recent wrist injury to Yoenis Cespedes could have reasonably given the Mets pause before cutting either player. This all could mean Matt den Dekker is ahead of both players on the depth chart as he has yet to be cut.
Of the position players cut, Thompson was having the best Spring of the group. In 15 games played, Thompson hit ..348/.464/.391 with four walks, a double, and an RBI. His strong Spring was a continuation of the great finish to the season last year and his strong Arizona Fall League play.
Overall, it was the pitching that really stood out. Both Bashlor and Oswalt impressed in camp, and they both made cases why the Mets could call either player up during the 2018 season.
Check back later with MMN as the Mets announce additional roster cuts until the team whittles down the roster to the 25 players who will be on the Opening Day roster.