Wednesday was the first day that Mets camp was open to the public and I was lucky enough to have made the trip out. I wanted to share some photos and videos I took while in Port St. Lucie.
There are some newer faces with the Mets this year on the pitching side along with some who arrived during the sell off last year:
Rhame was acquired in the trade that sent Curtis Granderson to the Dodgers. Callahan was part of the package the Mets received in return for Addison Reed.
But obviously we are all here to see the guys the Mets are still hoping can lead this team back to the playoffs in the rotation:
The new look deGrom after cutting his hair earlier this year.
Here’s video of Matt Harvey, Jacob deGrom and Jerry Blevins in a pitching drill:
Along with the men needed to anchor the bullpen:
Ramos begins his first full season with the Mets after being acquired last July.
Regarding Mets first baseman Dominic Smith, he still looks fantastic.
Another young prospect to keep an eye on who is now on the 40 man roster is Luis Guillorme
— Ernest Dove (@ernestdove) February 14, 2018
While tweeting live on twitter I filmed Luis hitting multiple balls over the wall. It’s just batting practice but still worth noting the approach he had in that he was making an effort to pull the ball on every pitch.
Also a good sign during batting practice was seeing Dominic Smith not only hitting balls over the wall but also hitting and driving many balls to center and left center field, which is his natural swing. This is good to see.
There were also some other minor leaguers who were helping out the pitchers during drills including :
The powerful Brosher has played first base and catcher in his career.
And here are the best of the rest. Enjoy and lets go Mets !
Rivera is expected to miss the beginning of the season after having Tommy John surgery.
Nimmo is battling Juan Lagares to see who will be the starter in center field and possibly the leadoff hitter too.
Confoeto began doing baseball activities today.
The talented defensive infielder is trying to improve his bat to help him have a better chance as a MLB regular.
Gsellman looks to bounce back from a bad 2017 and regain a spot in the starting rotation.
Robles is another guy looking to bounce back from a bad 2017 season.
Sewald will be in a battle for one of the last spots in the Mets Opening Day bullpen.
Molina showed diminished stuff in Double-A last season in first full season back from TJS.
All photos and videos courtesy of Ernest Dove