Results tagged ‘ Mike Nickeas ’

Report from Port St. Lucie, 3/29

The Mets did not make their final roster cuts on Thursday, but they may as well have. In reassigning Adam Loewen, Garrett Olson and four others to Minor League camp, the Mets basically committed themselves to Mike Nickeas, Mike Baxter and Daniel Herrera on the Opening Day roster. The only way Herrera will not make it is if fellow left-hander Tim Byrdak is fully healed from knee surgery.

Also: I had a chance to see Chris Young throw off a mound today for the first time since Young reported to camp on a Minor League deal. You can check out a photo from his session below:

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Projecting the Opening Day roster: 1/13

This is the first in what I intend to make a weekly exercise, every Thursday, leading up to the final day of Spring Training. I will project the Opening Day roster as I see it, taking into account only what information we know — current roster makeup, special circumstances and, eventually, Spring Training performances. I will not project what free agents the Mets may still sign or what trades they may make. If you’re into that sort of thing, head on over to MLB.com’s Hot Stove Blog. So yes, the Mets are almost certain to sign another starting pitcher, and yes, they’ll probably sign a backup outfielder, as well. But they haven’t yet, so for the purposes of this exercise we’re ignoring those possibilities.

murphystanding.jpgWithout further ado:

C – Josh Thole
1B – Ike Davis
2B – Brad Emaus
SS – Jose Reyes
3B – David Wright
OF – Jason Bay
OF – Carlos Beltran
OF – Angel Pagan
Bench – Chin-lung Hu
Bench – Daniel Murphy
Bench – Nick Evans
Bench – Jason Pridie
Bench – Mike Nickeas

SP – Mike Pelfrey
SP – R.A. Dickey
SP – Jon Niese
SP – Chris Capuano
SP – Dillon Gee
RP – Francisco Rodriguez
RP – Bobby Parnell
RP – D.J. Carrasco
RP – Taylor Tankersley
RP – Taylor Buchholz
RP – Ryota Igarashi
RP – Pedro Beato

Comments: Because Ronny Paulino has eight games remaining on his PED suspension, Nickeas makes the team as a backup catcher. Pridie makes by default; I fully expect the Mets to sign a free agent outfielder between now and Spring Training, but right now, they have no other options on the 40-man roster. I have Emaus starting at second base because Murphy, despite his defensive limitations, is the more versatile bench player. Gee makes the team due to Johan Santana’s injury; a Chris Young signing would change that. And without having seen the back end of the bullpen in action, Beato and Igarashi get the edge over Manny Acosta and Pat Misch due to their Rule 5 status and $1.75 million contract, respectively.

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A first-hand opinion of Jenrry Mejia

Though Mets manager Jerry Manuel and pitching coach Dan Warthen have heard the reports on Jenrry Mejia and, in preparation for his Saturday start, have watched him throw a bullpen, they have not seen Mejia throw in person since his demotion to Class A St. Lucie back in June.

mejia.jpgMike Nickeas has.

The catcher, called up to the Mets Thursday morning, caught Mejia at both Triple-A Buffalo and Double-A Binghamton this season, after also catching the 20-year-old prospect in Spring Training. Many within the Mets organization, including general manager Omar Minaya, have called Mejia’s improved curveball the primary factor behind his recent success. And Nickeas agrees.

“He’s getting that over first pitch a lot,” Nickeas said. “I think that’s really effective. I think it’s difficult to swing at first pitch for a lot of guys, especially when he’s throwing 96, kind of cutting. It’s very effective.”

Also effective is Mejia’s changeup, especially when used in tandem with his upper-90s fastball. That combination, the Mets feel, should be enough for Mejia to hold his own while he grows acclimated to starting in the Major Leagues.

“Compared to last year, he’s come a long, long way,” Nickeas said. “I think his off-speed stuff for strikes has been tremendous this year, and his last four or five outings have been phenomenal. His fastball is where it has been, only it’s more consistent to both sides of the plate. He’s done a terrific job.”

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