St. Lucie Mets announce 2015 roster


Several top Mets prospects to begin the 2015 season in St. Lucie

PORT ST. LUCIE, Fla. (April 3, 2015) – The St. Lucie Mets are excited to announce their initial 2015 roster, one that is loaded with several of New York’s top prospects.

Overall, St. Lucie will field nine of MLB.com’s top 30 Mets prospects, including five of the top 12.

Highlighting the roster is Michael Conforto, the Mets first round draft pick in 2014. Conforto is MLB.com’s fifth ranked Mets prospect. He’ll be joined by other highly ranked position player prospects in short stop Amed Rosario (No. 7), first baseman Dominic Smith (No. 10), third baseman Jhoan Urena (No. 12) and speedy outfielder Champ Stuart (No 25).

The pitching staff features the No. 9 Mets prospect in right-hander Marcos Molina. Akeel Morris, the No. 21 Mets prospect and a member of New York’s 40-man roster, will anchor the bullpen. Two other highly regarded pitchers are Rob Whalen (No. 24) and Robert Gsellman (No. 29).

Conforto, a corner outfielder, was selected 10th overall by the Mets last summer out of Oregon State. He was considered the most advanced hitter in college baseball. After being drafted he was assigned to Brooklyn of the New York-Penn League and made a brief appearance in Single-A Savannah at the end of 2014.

Smith was the Mets first round pick in 2013 (11th overall) out of high school. He spent all of 2014 in Savannah.

Rosario, 19, will be one of the youngest players in the Florida State League. He played seven games with Savannah last year but spent most of the season in Brooklyn. This will be his first foray into full season baseball.

Another young player essentially bypassing Savannah is Molina, who dominated in Brooklyn last year by posting a 7-3 record and a 1.77 ERA in 12 starts.

Morris, a native of the Virgin Islands, put up such an impressive performance last year for Savannah that the Mets added him to their 40-man roster in the offseason despite never playing above Single A. With the Sand Gnats last year, Morris allowed just five earned runs all season (0.63 ERA) and saved 16 games.

St. Lucie fans will also see some familiar faces. Pitchers Robert Coles, Julian Hilario, Jake Kuebler and Kevin McGowan, infielders Jeff McNeil and Phil Evans and outfielder Maikis De La Cruz return to the team after solid 2014 campaigns in Port St. Lucie.

The Mets are led by first-year manager Luis Rojas. Rojas spent the previous three seasons managing Savannah. He managed the Sand Gnats to the 2013 South Atlantic League championship and took the team to the playoffs again last year.

The St. Lucie Mets open the season on Thursday at Tradition Field against the Bradenton Marauders. First pitch is 6:30 p.m.Dollar Thursday features $2 beer, $1 hot dogs, soda and popcorn and a $10 Mets solo cup with $1 beer refills.

The opening homestand continues on Friday with first pitch against the Marauders also at 6:30 p.m. A fireworks show will follow the game.

Two major events that will highlight the St. Lucie Mets season are the Second Annual Jackie Robinson Celebration Game and Florida State League All Star Game.

On Wednesday, April 15, the Mets will travel to historic Dodgertown in Vero Beach to take on the Brevard County Manatees in the Second Annual Jackie Robinson Celebration Game. The date is the 68th anniversary of Jackie Robinson making his Major League debut for the Brooklyn Dodgers and breaking the color barrier.

The game starts at 6:35 p.m. All tickets will be general admission and will be sold for $5 each. The net proceeds from all ticket sales will again go to benefit the United Way of Indian River County. For ticket information, call 772-569-4900.

On Saturday, June 20, the Mets will host the 54th Florida State League All Star Game at Tradition Field. It will be the first time the Mets have hosted the game since 2004 when Hanley Ramirez, Jonathan Papelbon, Francisco Liriano and Russell Martin played in the game.

More information will be released on the FSL All Star Game in the coming weeks.


Stephen Guilbert said...

Oh wow I am shocked Amed Rosario isn't in Savannah. I think they might be protecting their young bats from that ballpark. Not a bad idea...let the pitchers play there but have the hitters skip it.

Ernest Dove said...

Absolutely stacked roster.
Let all the goodies represent in all star game so I can go drive up and watch.

Adam Smith said...

Really nice to see them challenging Rosario and Molina. Conforto too, though I don't think Savannah was ever really an option for him. He could probably start the season in AA and more than hold his own at the plate. I'll be surprised in fact If he doesn't had directly from a start in the FSL all-star game (in front of their home fans) directly to Binghamton.

But it does show faith in the kids. Now let's see them make the necessary adjustments and prove they belong playing with their elders.

Charles said...

I'm surprised Beccera and Lupo skipped BK. I'm surprised Urena, Rosario, and Molina skipped Savannah. And I'm not surprised Conforto skipped Scannah and a touch disappointed he isn't starting in Bingo.

But I do think that do to the Mets' current obligations financially to their outfielders over the next few years, they'll be a lot more conservative with their outfield prospects unless someone completely flounders at the big league level. Hence Nimmo in Bingo and Conforto in Lucie.

They simply are in no rush to get these players to Queens when they already are paying Grandy and Cuddyer nearly 30 million over the next two years. Both players wouldn't easily be traded either so they might as well play them and let the prospects really marinate down in the minors.

Charles said...

And I'm not saying that the Mets are slowing down their development, I'm just speculating that they aren't desperate for these players to get to Queens. So they'll be conservative and let them get plenty of minor league at bats.

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