All the talk before and after the New York Mets game on Wednesday was the debut of former NFL quarterback Tim Tebow. The debut wasn’t pretty for Tebow who went 0 for 3 with two strikeouts, got doubled of first and went to the wrong on-deck circle before his first at-bat.
In actual prospect news there was a few good performances by players that wouldn’t normally get a chance in a big league spring game this early in camp.
Cespedes is a raw center fielder that will likely start the 2017 with the Columbia Fireflies. In 2016, he hit .322/.356/.379 with seven stolen bases for the Rookie Level Kingsport Mets. We ranked Cespedes 22nd among our Top 100 prospects recently
Another Top 30 Mets prospect that made is presence felt was third baseman David Thompson (#24). Thompson, 23, went 1 for 1 at the plate and made two impressive plays on defense including this nice play off a deflection.
Thompson, Mets 2016 minor leaguer leader with 95 RBI, is likely to start the season at Double-A with the Binghamton Rumble Ponies.
Outfield prospect Kevin Kaczmarski had a line drive single off a lefty in the game. Infield prospect Luis Carpio had a base hit as well, and played second base as he looks fully recovered from shoulder surgery.
Right-hander Corey Taylor allowed his first run of the spring but bounced back to strike out two straight batters to pick up the save in the 8-7 win. He topped out at 96 MPH with his fastball and threw a couple of good sliders. He’s still my darkhorse to see time in the Mets pen this year and should start as Binghamton’s closer.
In the Mets other game yesterday, they got pounded 12-2 by the Astros, though some lower level minor leaguers got their first chance at spring playing time.