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Dispatches from Port St. Lucie, 3/24

The countdown to Opening Day is down to six.

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What we learned: A lot, actually. Jon Niese felt no pain after his first bullpen session since undergoing an MRI on his left shoulder. Kyle Farnsworth will re-sign with the Mets. Matt Harvey will headquarter his rehab in New York, not Florida. Dillon Gee will pitch Opening Day. And the Mets have hired an assistant hitting coach.

What we wrote:

Around the league:

They said it:

“It’s a big honor obviously for them to trust me with that day and give that to me. I’m very thankful for that opportunity.” –Gee on his Opening Day start

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Dispatches from Port St. Lucie, 3/22

What we learned: Daniel Murphy is still not quite healthy, but the Mets expect him to be ready for Opening Day.

What we wrote:

Around the league:

They said it:

“Honestly, I was a little scared. I haven’t done that in a while. Thankfully nothing happened.” –Bartolo Colon, a long-time American Leaguer, on running the bases

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Projecting the Mets’ Opening Day roster, 3/18

With the latest round of cuts in place, here’s an updated roster projection. First, a rules refresher:

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  • The following takes into account only those players under Major or Minor League contract with the Mets. We will not speculate on trades or free agent signings in this space… so no Stephen Drew or Nick Franklin.
  • For our purposes, any healthy player in big league camp will be considered in the running for a roster spot.

Without further ado:

Lineup:
LF Eric Young, Jr.
2B Daniel Murphy
3B David Wright
RF Curtis Granderson
CF Chris Young
1B Ike Davis

C  Travis d’Arnaud

SS Ruben Tejada

Bench:
OF Juan Lagares
OF Andrew Brown
1B/OF Lucas Duda

1B/3B Josh Satin
1B/2B/3B/SS/OF Anthony Seratelli*
C Anthony Recker

Rotation:
RH
P Dillon Gee
RHP Bartolo Colon
RHP Zack Wheeler
RHP Daisuke Matsuzaka*

Bullpen:
RHP Bobby Parnell (CL)
RHP Jose Valverde*

RHP Vic Black
RHP Jeurys Familia
RHP Carlos Torres
LHP Scott Rice
LHP John Lannan

Injured:
RHP LHP Jon Niese, Matt Harvey, RHP Jeremy Hefner

In the running:
C Taylor Teagarden*, INF Wilmer Flores, INF Zach Lutz, INF Eric Campbell*, INF Omar Quintanilla*, OF Andrew Brown, OF Matt den Dekker, OF Kirk Nieuwenhuis, RHP Miguel Socolovich*, RHP Jenrry Mejia, RHP Gonzalez Germen, LHP John Lannan*.

*Denotes non-roster invitee

Notes:
The Mets are down to 40 players in camp, which is saying something considering they began with 64. … Though Jon Niese has no structural damage in his elbow, there’s a decent chance the Mets push him back from his Opening Day start. If he spends the first few games of the year on the disabled list, that would free up the Mets to use a six-man bench to open the year, clearing a spot for Andrew Brown or Wilmer Flores. I chose Brown, giving the Mets a bit more outfield depth. I also have John Lannan making the bullpen, where he can step into the rotation if Niese suffers a setback.

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Dispatches from Las Vegas and Port St. Lucie, 3/15

One more game in the desert before the Mets head back east.

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What we learned: Believe the hype: Cashman Field in Las Vegas is as hitter-friendly as they come. … Tigers shortstop Jose Iglesias may miss significant time with a stress reaction in his shins, perhaps creating another suitor for Stephen Drew.

What we wrote:

Around the league:

They said it:

“If you get hit when it’s 117 degrees right here, you get to go into the air conditioning.” –Triple-A Las Vegas manager Wally Backman on Cashman Field’s unprotected dugouts

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Dispatches from Port St. Lucie, 3/11

What we learned: Jon Niese is struggling with his velocity two and a half weeks before Opening Day, but the Mets are not worried. At least not yet. … Wilmer Flores has some work to do if he wants to play shortstop on a regular basis.

What we wrote:

Around the league:

“I definitely can play.” –Flores on his shortstop ability

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Dispatches from Port St. Lucie, 2/23

The games start soon, beginning with an intrasquad matchup on Thursday. Buckle in.

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What we learned: The Mets will hold back some of their regular starting pitchers early in the Grapefruit League season, in an attempt to see as many arms as possible. Zack Wheeler and Dillon Gee in particular will not pitch the first time through the rotation.

What we wrote:

Around the league:

They said it:

“What is comfort? Is it money? I’ve made an ungodly amount of money. That’s the only way to describe it. We’re in a really cool spot with a child coming on the way, that’s exciting. That would be the way I would describe where we’re at — a very exciting time. But comfort comes and it doesn’t really last.” –Mets second baseman Daniel Murphy

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Six Mets land on industry top prospect lists (updated)

The last of the baseball industry’s four most well-known Top 100 Prospect lists is in the books. Baseball America released its list tonight, with four Mets on it. (You may recall that the Mets scored three names on MLB.com’s 2014 Prospect Watch, released earlier this month.)

Six Mets prospects appeared on at least one of the industry’s four major lists, with two of them — Noah Syndergaard and Travis d’Arnaud (below) — appearing on all four. Below is a table breaking down how each prospect fared, including their average ranks. (For simplicity’s sake, I inserted a rank of 101 for lists that did not include a certain player).

The lists came from MLB.com, ESPN, Baseball Prospectus and Baseball America.

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Name MLB.com ESPN.com Prospectus B. America Average
Noah Syndergaard 11 24 11 16 15.5
Travis d’Arnaud 22 36 48 38 36.0
Rafael Montero 85 60 N/A 68 78.5
Dominic Smith N/A 37 N/A 92 82.8
Wilmer Flores N/A N/A 71 N/A 93.5
Brandon Nimmo N/A 92 N/A N/A 98.8

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Shortstop not necessarily dead for Mets’ Flores

Wilmer Flores has not played his natural position of shortstop professionally in the United States since 2011, when he was 19 years old. Despite the Mets’ clear weakness at that position, Flores’ name does not typically surface in discussions about it. And for good reason — the Mets have no immediate plans to use him there, in part because of the lack of mobility that scouts have long predicted for him.

But the notion of trying Flores at shortstop is not permanently dead. Mets general manager Sandy Alderson said this week that if Flores’ winter conditioning program pays the type of dividends the team hopes, it’s possible he could receive some reps at the position this spring.

“I don’t think we’d rule it out,” Alderson said in a telephone interview. “Why should we? I think we have to see how Spring Training plays out for him — is there going to be a spot for him in the lineup? Is there not? Is he going to be a bench player for us? Is he going to go to Las Vegas?”

Alderson pointed several times to the team-supervised conditioning program Flores attended in Michigan this winter alongside Lucas Duda, Ruben Tejada and several Mets prospects. This was the first winter of his career that Flores spent significant time focusing on his overall health rather than his baseball skills, according to the GM.

“I don’t want to place too much stock on four weeks of conditioning, but this is a guy who’s never really had the opportunity to develop himself physically the way players here in the United States do, who have a season and then an offseason,” Alderson said. “He’s never had an offseason. He’s always played. So this is a different type of offseason for him — one in which he’s been able to invest in his career. We’ll see how it pays off for him.

“I wouldn’t say [Flores to shortstop] is dead. I think that one of the things we want to see is how well he has done with his training regimen in Michigan. Before this offseason, I’m not sure he ever had any sort of structured, regimented conditioning program. The work that they have done on speed and agility and quickness, etc., may have an impact on his ability to play certain positions — including second base and conceivably even shortstop. But right now, that’s all speculation.”

Flores, who signed with the Mets as a 16-year-old international free agent in 2007, played shortstop exclusively over the first four years of his Minor League career. In 2012, he shifted to third base, before playing mostly second last year — partially an organizational response to third baseman David Wright signing an eight-year contract that runs through 2020.

Along the way, scouts have continually pegged Flores as a corner infielder, skeptical that his limited mobility would allow him to play a middle infield or corner outfield spot. But Flores held his own at second despite a nagging ankle injury, and Alderson is curious to see how he responds after two intensive fitness sessions near Ann Arbor, Mich.

“It became clear, if you watched him play last year and run the bases … that [conditioning] was an area that needed to improve,” Alderson said. “Since he’d never done any conditioning at all, you say to yourself, ‘Gee, there may be substantial opportunity for improvement. Let’s see what happens. Let’s try it.’ And that’s what we’ve done. We won’t know the benefits of that until we get down to Spring Training.”

What the Mets do know is that they are thin at shortstop, with Tejada coming off a below-replacement level season, free agent Stephen Drew a long-shot to sign and no high-ceilinged prospects on the immediate horizon. Flores, by contrast, revived his own prospect status with a breakout offensive year in 2012, carrying that wave all the way to the Majors in 2013.

“Is he definitely not a shortstop? I try not to say anybody’s definitely not something,” Alderson said. “We tried Duda [a natural first baseman] in left field. There’s no reason why we can’t try other players at positions where at first blush you’d say, ‘No, that’s not possible.’”

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Six Mets land on industry top prospect lists

Prospect season is upon us. In the wake of MLB.com’s Jonathan Mayo and Jim Callis releasing their 2014 MLB Prospect Watch last week, Baseball Prospectus and ESPN have released their own Top 100 lists. (Baseball America typically releases its Top 100 list in late February.)

Six Mets prospects appeared on at least one of those lists, with three of them — led by Noah Syndergaard and Travis d’Arnaud (below) — appearing on multiple lists. Below is a table breaking down how each prospect fared, including their average ranks. (For simplicity’s sake, I inserted a rank of 101 for lists that did not include a certain player).

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Name MLB.com ESPN Baseball Prospectus Average
Noah Syndergaard 11 24 11 15.3
Travis d’Arnaud 22 36 48 35.3
Dominic Smith N/A 37 N/A 79.7
Rafael Montero 85 60 N/A 82.0
Wilmer Flores N/A N/A 71 91.0
Brandon Nimmo N/A 92 N/A 98.0

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Mets play Mets in intrasquad game; Mets win

Here’s the box score from today’s intrasquad game between the Mets and, uh, the Mets:

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TEAM GREY
Player AB-R-H-RBI

Juan Lagares, lf 3-1-1-1
Matt den Dekker, cf 3-0-1-0
Mike Baxter, rf 1-2-1-0
Zach Lutz, 3b 3-1-2-1
Wilmer Flores, 2b 2-1-1-4
Josh Satin, 1b 3-1-1-0
Travis d’Arnaud, dh 3-0-0-0
Juan Centeno, c 2-0-2-1
Wilfredo Tovar, ss 2-0-1-0

2B: Baxter
HR: Flores
SB: Lutz
HBP: Baxter 2
SF: Flores

Pitcher IP-H-R-ER-BB-K
Gonzalez Germen 2-3-1-1-2-2
Brandon Lyon 1-1-1-1-0-0
Scott Rice 1-0-0-0-0-0
Elvin Ramirez 1-1-0-0-0-0

TEAM “METS”
Player AB-R-H-RBI

Kirk Nieuwenhuis, cf 2-0-0-0
Jordany Valdespin, 2b 3-2-2-1
Collin Cowgill, dh 3-0-0-0
Brandon Hicks, 1b 2-0-1-1
Brian Bixler, 3b 2-0-0-0
Andrew Brown, lf 2-0-1-0
Omar Quintanilla, ss 2-0-1-0
Cesar Puello, rf 1-0-0-0
Anthony Recker, c 1-0-0-0
Landon Powell, c 1-0-0-0

2B: Hicks
HR: Valdespin

Pitcher IP-H-R-ER-BB-K
Collin McHugh 1.2-3-0-0-0-3
LaTroy Hawkins 0.2-5-5-5-0-0
Robert Carson 1-0-0-0-0-1
Greg Burke 1-2-1-1-0-0

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