Posted by Mack Ade at 8:00 AM
The Mets continue to look for a second lefty to come out of their pen and reports are that job will come from someone inside the organization. There also are reports that this isn’t considered a ‘must do’ situation and the Mets may easily go to Queens with only one lefty (Josh Edgin) coming out of the pen.
The following would be the leading candidates for this search:.
LHP Dario Alvarez – we all remember the 25-year old Alvarez winding up in Queens for the end of the 2014 season. Alvarez was originally signed by the Phillies, but wound up in the Mets organization in Brooklyn in 2013. 2014 was just a crazy time for Alvarez. He started out in Savannah (20-G, 6-starts, 1.32, 0.93), moved to St. Lucie (4-appearances, 0.00, 0.63), went on to the B-Mets (5-appearances, 0.00). Finally, he was called to Queens to pitch 1.1 innings where he gave up two runs (13.50).My guess, because of his age and success in 2014, is he would be one of the favorites here. 3-1
LHP Sean Gilmartin – The arrival of Gilmartin on the Mets roster makes him the immediate favorite to fill this opening. Yes, he has started in 79 0f the 80 games he has pitched in through rookie ball to AAA, but, as we all know, there are no rotation openings on Las Vegas What’s important here is how would he best serve the needs of the organization. 2-1
LHP Jack Leathersich – There are some obvious problems with Leathersich and how he has pitched these past few years. We all know he has a phenomenal K/9 ratio. The problem is that the right hand hitters sort of ate him up in AAA (7.36), while, at the AA level, he posted a 4.00-ERA against lefties (2.25 vs. righties). The more you look at his stats, the more you realize that this guy isn’t ready. 10-1
LHP Darin Gorski – not on the 40-man roster… The 6-4 26-year old is a long short to make the 25-man out of camp this year. He’s had difficulty putting together decent numbers in Las Vegas (2013 – 6.43, 2014 – 4.60), though you do have to wonder how much you need to factor in the lack of atmosphere there. At the same time, he went 1.82 for Binghamton in 2013 and 2.21 in 2014. Still, my guess is he will fall in line behind Gilmartin and Alvarez. 10-1
LHP Jon Niese – No, there is no chance he will pitch out of the pen in 2015 and the odds would be around 100-1; however, don’t count out 2016 as this being the only place left he can feature his work before free agency sets him free.
SS GAVIN CECCHINI CHECKS IN AT #10 - Also a 1st rounder, in 2012, Gavin Cecchini only dropped a slot, down from 9th in 2014, after playing 125 games between South Atlantic and Florida State Leagues. He hit .247/.328/.378 for the season. Here is a report on his 2013 season with the Brooklyn Cyclones.
That smartly "aggressive" nature, mixed with athleticism, quick hands at the plate, ability to adjust with each at bat, plus solid, fluid defense all make Cecchini a highly valuable player in the Mets plans. He hit well at both Class-A and Advanced, but with just one Double-A game under his belt, he'll need to show that he has the skills to play consistently at the next level
Tulowitzki[i] has begun light running and continues a rigorous program to increase flexibility in his hips.
"My bottom line is to try to get healthy to play games and play a lot of them," he said. "That's obviously something that I haven't been very good at, for whatever reason. So I am trying to find that recipe for success."
Tulo hit .340, with 21 home runs and 52 RBIs, in 90 games last season before he injured his left hip. He had surgery Aug. 16 to repair a torn labrum. Over the past three seasons, he has played in only 264 games. In eight full seasons, he has played in more than 130 games just three times.
Tulo is confident that if he sticks to his rehab, he can get rid of the qualifier that says he's the best shortstop in baseball — when healthy..–