Posted by Mack Ade at 11:00 AM
Las Vegas will open camp with four players that can play first base and one that should be. My guess is ex-prospect Alan Dykstra (AA - .262/.423/.419/.842) should wind up promoted and become the primary emergency backup if the bat phone rings from Flushing. This leaves Josh Satin (AAA - .286/.391/.442/.833) without a position again so, if he’s still with the team, will probably DH against left-handed pitchers.
In addition, Eric Campbell (AA - .297/.391/.439/.830) plays first along with third base and the corner outfield positions and 3B Zach Lutz (AAA - .299/.410/.496/.905) has been trying to learn first a little late in his career.
The big mistake here, IMO, is not using Wilmer Flores at this position, but that’s another posting.
Binghamton is a little thin, with only Travis Ozga (AA – 139-AB, .173) and Joe Bonfe (AA/A+ - 77-AB, .247) currently on the board.
That being said, any one of three players could be the starter in St. Lucie… Brian Harrison (SAV, 423-AB, .241), Cole Frenzel (Brook-Sav: 235-AB, .247), or Jayce Boyd (Brooklyn – 201-AB, .239-AB). I’ve got both Harrison and Frenzel in Florida with Boyd playing Savannah.
Additionally, one could make the case for Alexander Sanchez (Brooklyn, 184-AB, .261)
There are three other first basemen in camp that will all try and convince the Mets coaches to send them back to Kingsport for a second chance. They are: Jeyckol De Leon (Kingsport: 168-AB, .232), Jonathan Leroux (Kingsport – 116-AB, .198), and Kevin Weijgertse (Kingsport: 96-AB, .177)
Lastly, according to MiLB.com, no one on both the DSL teams played first base last year. No matter they lost so many games.
Observation: Everything fine here as long as Ike Davis doesn’t run into David Wright or gets bitten by some spider. Justin Turner remains the first fill-in, but I’d be much happier if I saw a killer year from Dykstra in Las Vegas this season. Past that, the Mets may want to consider drafting someone like high schooler Nick Longhi in the 3-4th round and put him on a five year plan that would give him an ETA of 2018.
Rating: Mets: A-