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Projecting the Opening Day roster, 3/12

With the first round of cuts and almost exactly half the Grapefruit League schedule in the books, some changes this week to the projected roster. Most notably, I’ve penciled in the white-hot Jordany Valdespin for the bench, displacing Kirk Nieuwenhuis.

Unlike some people, I still believe Brandon Hicks is at least on par with Omar Quintanilla for a backup infield spot. But that battle is close. I’ve also tentatively placed Pedro Feliciano back on the roster, displacing Robert Carson, who has yet to pitch a clean inning this spring.

C : John Buck
1B: Ike Davis
2B: Daniel Murphy
SS: Ruben Tejada
3B: David Wright
OF: Lucas Duda
OF: Collin Cowgill
OF: Marlon Byrd
Bench: Mike Baxter
Bench: Jordany Valdespin
Bench: Justin Turner
Bench: Brandon Hicks
Bench: Anthony Recker

SP: Jon Niese
SP: Shaun Marcum
SP: Matt Harvey
SP: Dillon Gee
SP: Jeremy Hefner
RHP: Bobby Parnell (CL)
RHP: Brandon Lyon
RHP: Scott Atchison
RHP: LaTroy Hawkins
RHP: Greg Burke
LHP: Josh Edgin
LHP: Pedro Feliciano

DL: Frank Francisco, Johan Santana

In the running: C Landon Powell, 1B Josh Satin, INF Zach Lutz, INF Brian Bixler, OF Kirk Nieuwenhuis, OF Andrew Brown, OF Matt den Dekker, RHP Jenrry Mejia, RHP Jeurys Familia, RHP Carlos Torres, LHP Aaron Laffey, LHP Robert Carson.

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Report from Port St. Lucie, 3/24

Though Terry Collins admitted Saturday that Opening Day does not look good for Andres Torres, the center field situation actually grew somewhat clearer thanks to comments from Sandy Alderson. Basically, it comes down to this:

  • If Torres and backup Scott Hairston are both healthy in time for Opening Day, the Mets will fill their final bench spot with either Mike Baxter or Adam Loewen.
  • If one of Torres or Hairston is healthy, the Mets will still proceed with Baxter or Loewen on their bench, plus likely either Jordany Valdespin or Vinny Rottino.
  • If neither Torres or Hairston is healthy, the Mets will take a natural center fielder north: Kirk Nieuwenhuis if healthy, otherwise Matt den Dekker.

One other note from Saturday’s game: Mike Pelfrey tweaked his mechanics and came away pleased with the results in a 6-6 tie. Do with that information what you will.

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Mets injury report (as of 3/13)

Below are the 15 players who have missed time to due injuries suffered during Mets camp:

1B Ike Davis
Injury: Valley Fever diagnosis
Status: Monitoring situation but proceeding as if healthy

2B Reese Havens
Injury: Lower back soreness
Status: No timetable for return

3B David Wright
Injury: Left ribcage tightness
Status: Hopes to begin baseball activities this weekend

3B Zach Lutz
Injury: Left elbow soreness
Status: Returned to lineup 3/9

SS Ruben Tejada
Injury: Left groin strain
Status: Day-to-day

SS Ronny Cedeno
Injury: Tendinitis in both knees
Status: Day-to-day

OF Lucas Duda
Injury: Lower back stiffness
Status: Returned to lineup 3/12

OF Andres Torres
Injury: Right glute tightness
Status: Returned to lineup 3/11

OF Scott Hairston
Injury: Left oblique strain
Status: Has not begun baseball activities; no timetable

OF Kirk Nieuwenhuis
Injury: Right oblique strain
Status: Day-to-day

RHP Pedro Beato
Injury: Right rotator cuff inflammation
Status: Scheduled to throw off flat ground Wednesday

RHP D.J. Carrasco
Injury: Twisted right ankle
Status: Day-to-day

LHP Tim Byrdak
Injury: Left knee meniscus tear
Status: Underwent surgery Tuesday, six-week recovery

LHP Daniel Herrera
Injury: Lower back tightness
Status: Day-to-day

LHP Robert Carson
Injury: Right oblique strain
Status: Returned to bullpen 3/11

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Report from Port St. Lucie, 3/2

Team Orange beat Team Blue, 3-2, in today’s intrasquad game on the strength of Kirk Nieuwenhuis’s two-run home run. But most eyes were watching Matt Harvey and Jeurys Familia, two top prospects who each threw in the game.

Here’s Harvey warming alongside Dillon Gee, who started for Team Blue.

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Mets prospects wrap up AFL season

Dropping a 3-1 game to Peo Saguaros yesterday afternoon, the Mesa Solar Sox — and the eight Mets on the roster — wrapped up their Arizona Fall League schedule. Here’s a look at how the bunch performed:

valdespinAFL.jpgJordany Valdespin, SS: Finishing seventh in the league with a .355 average, Valdespin (right) missed the final week of the season with a forearm strain. Still, he impressed with the bat, knocking in 19 runs and stealing seven bases in 19 games.

Kirk Nieuwenhuis, OF: After a Minor League season that saw him perhaps supplant Fernando Martinez’s as the organization’s top overall outfield prospect, Nieuwenhuis struggled a bit in the Fall League, batting .256 with one homer and 12 RBI in 26 games. Compare that to Niewenhuis’s 94 games this year with Double-A Binghamton, which saw him hit .289 with 16 homers and 60 RBI.

Joshua Satin, 2B: More of a contributor after Valdespin’s injury, the 25-year-old Satin hit .390 with one home run in 12 games with the Solar Sox. Had he accumulated enough at-bats to be eligible, Satin would have ranked third in the AFL in hitting. And perhaps that’s no surprise. Though not a top prospect, Satin is a career .300 hitter over three years in the Minors.

Kai Gronaeuer, C: The native of Germany hit .222 without a home run in 13 games behind the plate. The Mets signed him as an international free agent prior to the 2008 season.

Brad Holt, RHP: Injury interrupted what had been a strong AFL season for Holt, who managed a 2-1 record and 2.92 ERA in five games, after posting some miserable numbers for both Binghamton and Class A St.Lucie this year. A sandwich-round pick in the 2008 First-Year Player Draft, Holt will look to build upon his AFL successes next season.

Robert Carson, LHP:
Not exactly the autumn that Carson had envisioned. After a relatively successful stint at St. Lucie this summer, Carson stumbled with a 7.71 ERA in six Fall League starts, allowing 27 hits in 18 2/3 innings.

Nick Carr, RHP:
Carr didn’t exactly light it up, either, going 0-1 with a 5.06 ERA in 10 relief outings, and walking more batters (12) than he struck out (10).

Eric Niesen, LHP: In 11 relief appearances, Niesen posted a 5.40 ERA with eight strikeouts and four walks in 11 2/3 innings.

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