How Mets Minor League Hitters Are Faring This Spring

By Michael Mayer

March 17, 2016 6 Comments

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The Mets are now 14 games into their Grapefruit League schedule with a record of 6-6-2 and are coming off their only off day of the spring. While I know that spring training stats are virtually useless but still wanted to take a look at how some of the Mets prospects and other minor leaguers are faring so far.

  • Gavin Cecchini – 2 for 7 with walk and stolen base. Has one throwing error in the field but has also made a couple of nice plays and has shown a strong arm at shortstop.
  • Dominic Smith – 4 for 23 with walk, strikeout, and RBI. Has struggled since his three hit in which almost homered off former Met Collin McHugh and failed to run it out resulting in a long single. He has looked smooth as advertised over at first base defensively.
  • Amed Rosario – Hit a line drive single in his only at bat, looks like he has put on some muscle after training a ton this winter.
  • L.J. Mazzilli– 1 for 2 with a walk, run scored, and a stolen base. He has gotten into two games at second base.
  • John Mora – 1 for 2 with two RBI, run scored, and a walk in two games for the young outfielder.
  • Patrick Biondi – The speedy outfielder has gone 1 for 2 with two walks and a run scored while being thrown out the only time he tried to steal.
  • Matt Reynolds – Now the most likely guy to be the backup infielder on the Opening Day roster has struggled with the bat this spring going 3 for 19 with two walks and six strikeouts without an extra base hit. He has looked solid defensively at shortstop and has not played any outfield yet, despite Terry Collins saying he could before games started.
  • Dilson Herrera – After hitting the inside-the-park homerun he has cooled off going 3 for 23 with one walk and nine strikeouts. He is with Team Colombia right now who plays their first WBC qualifier game today against Spain. It starts at 2 pm Eastern Time and can be seen on MLB.com.
  • Nevin Ashley – Hee has gone 4 for 12 with a walk and two runs scored, was reported today that he has been sent to minor league camp.
  • Marc Krauss – He had played in 10 games, going 5 for 21 with five runs scored, double, two RBI, and four walks compared to five strikeouts.
  • Luis Guillorme – The shortstop prospect has played in two games, going 0 for 3 with a run scored. He will be playing for Spain in the World Baseball Classic qualifier that begins today.
  • Raywilly Gomez – Played in three games going 2 for 3 before being sent to minor league camp last week.
  • Kyle Johnson – The outfielder has gone 1 for 9 with a double, two runs scored and a walk.
  • T.J. Rivera – His spring started off very good with a couple of clutch hits, he is now 6 for 24 with six RBI and zero walks compared to three strikeouts in 11 games. He also played a game in left field, which is his first exposure to the outfield in his pro career.
  • Danny Muno – For the second straight year he is having a solid spring going 5 for 16 with four walks, three RBI and has not struck out yet.
  • Jonathan Johnson (1 for 1), Derrik Gibson (1 for 2, 2B), Jayce Boyd (0 for 1), Stefan Sabol (0 for 1, RBI), Jeff McNeil (0 for 1), and Wuilmer Becerra (0 for 4, R) have all played in just one game so far.

The two guys who have received the most playing time from the minors are outfielder Travis Taijeron and utility guy Ty Kelly who Collins seems to love. Taijeron has hit very well going 10 for 26 (.385/.433/.654) with one homerun, two doubles, triple, eight strikeouts, and a team high ten runs batted in. Whoever, he was sent to minor league camp in the last round of cuts and never really had a chance to make the major league squad.

Kelly, who the Mets signed as a minor league free agent this offseason, has gone 3 for 20 with four runs scored, five walks, and five RBI while playing striking out five times. He has been playing in the outfield, although he looks stretched in center field. He will probably be among the next group sent to minor league camp and should play everywhere for Wally Backman.

Veteran outfielder Roger Bernadina seems destined for Triple-A to start this season without an injury or trade of Alejandro De Aza. He has played well this spring after getting a late start because of visa issues, he is 5 for 16 with a walk, three runs scored, RBI, and one of the Mets only eight stolen bases this spring.

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  • Out of place Met fan

    On the stolen bases, and attempts, perfectly fine with not really doing so in spring. Let it be the younger guys or the fringe guys that Terry needs to know what/if they can do it. (Same goes for hit and run)

  • Michael Mayer

    Definitely and I don’t think the Mets will run that much this year, much like last season. I do wonder if Cespedes will run more though, had 16 in his first year. He could definitely do that again if he wanted.

  • Out of place Met fan

    He definitely could, and should. Terry did have the team running in the fall. I can see them doing so fairly early in the season to give teams a look and hopefully get fastballs for the heart of the order.

  • Michael Mayer

    Makes a ton of sense, Lagares and De Aza should be running too. I was actually surprised at how quick Alejandro looked the first time I saw him this spring.

  • Ronnie Mac

    No particular comment about this post just want to say thank you for your in-depth reporting on Mets in general and the minor league Mets in particular. Im a LIFE LONG Mets fan since 1966 and still have a clump of dirt from Shea Stadium field when the Mets clinched in 1969. KEEP UP THE GREAT WORK AND LETS GO METS

  • Michael Mayer

    Thanks Ronnie, our MMN team really appreciates. LGM