Ricardo Cespedes, David Thompson Impress In Mets Win

By Michael Mayer

March 9, 2017 7 Comments

Photo Credit: Allen Greene Photography

Photo Credit: Allen Greene Photography

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.

Ricardo Cespedes, only 19, walked in both of his plate appearances. One came after being down 0-2 in the count and another coming against a pitcher with major league experience in Brandon Workman.

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.

Peter Alonso, 2016 2nd round pick, struck out in his only at-bat. Blake Tiberi, 2016 3rd rounder, went 1 for 1 with a double and Colby Woodmansee, 2016 5th rounder, struck out in his first at-bat.