Posted by Mack Ade at 11:00 AM
Mets wise, the team seems set for years to come with Ruben Tejada. He had a great year in 2012 (.289) and will play 2013 as only a 23-year old. Nothing is going to change here for many years. Current injury relief, pending changes from camp, is Justin Turner.
There is a considerable amount of depth here, which is currently rare for a positional player these days.
Wilfredo Tovar (2012 – Bing/St.L: 411-AB, .270) will most probably start most of the games in Las Vegas. He’s comfortably on the 40-man and the organization’s top defensive infielder will be ready for any emergency work needed in Flushing. Also on the roster is recently added Brandon Hicks (2012 – AAA: .244, 18-HR, 61-RBI, .856-OPS MLB: .172) who is rumored to be early favorite for a utility job in Flushing. You have to take a send look at those 18 home runs, especially from someone that can play all three infield positions.
Binghamton should go to T.J. Rivera, who was a pleasant surprise in 2012 (Sav - .333, St.L - .306). His backup will most probably be the recently re-signed Josh Rodriguez who should hold down one of the AA UT slots.
Now comes the draft picks…
My guess is Phillip Evans (2012 – Brooklyn: .252) will play St. Lucie and Gavin Cecchini (2012 – Kingsport: .246) goes to Savannah. Backups should be Brandon Brown (2012 – SAV: .222) and Ismael Tijerna (2012 – SAV: .137).
There will be a number of shortstops that will remain back in extended camp. They are: Richie Rodriguez, Jorge Rivero, Anthony Chavez, Leon Canelon, Alfredo Reyes, and Ahmed Rosario. Reyes and Rosario will most probably be assigned to the DSL teams.
This is what you are looking for in an organization. A young star in the majors, a couple of qualified AAAA players ready for the call, and a couple of quality high draft picks being molded. In addition, Rosario projects out as a future MLB starter.