Before we go any further... let's remember one thing about minor league players looking good in spring training games. A good percentage of their time spent playing is playing against other minor league players, not the guys that are going to start in the majors every game.
SP Noah Syndergaard - Nothing special. Two walks and pitching under 100... still, a nice couple of innings in his first spring start.
C Travis d'Arnaud - D'Arnaud's new controlled swing continued to pay dividends this spring whenhe hit his first spring home run on Tuesday.
RHSP Jacob deGrom - DeGrom wasted little time, hitting 97 in the first inning. According the Brooks Baseball, the fastest pitch deGrom threw last year was 96.71. Hit 97 multiple times yesterday. Two innings, three strikeouts, no hits... BOOM.
3B David Wright - This didn't take long. We're all worried about his neck and there goes the shoulder. I mentioned this on Soto's FLASH post regarding the announcement and I'll say it again here... it is time for Wright to settle with the Mets for a medical payout and join the team in some unofficial capacity in the front office for the remainder of the season. He can travel when the team sets up the 'goodbye David' tour, which other teams always like because it sells more seats. A retirement makes the Mets speed up a long term decision on who replaces Wright here. For now, Wilmer Flores, T.J. Rivera, and yes, maybe even Nick Evans or Gavin Cecchini can hold down the fort. David Thompson could help in a year, Past that, the Mets will have to look outside the system to solve this... one last thought... can Astrubel Cabrera be moved to third and Amed Rosario remain in Queens at short?
SP Seth Lugo - Lugo, who will start Team Puerto Rico's WBC opener against Venezuela, threw up three more scoreless spring innings. That's five in two games over five days. Remember one thing about Lugo's game... it's his killer curve that sets up the rest of his game and the pitch is designed to end up in the dirt. If it does, hitter's bats miss it.
SP Marcos Molina - Molina had a choppy second start on Wednesday, but only gave up one run when CF Juan Lagares threw out Randal Grichuk trying to score on the third hit that inning. Molina and Sean Gilmartin gave up five runs in the third inning, but not one run was earned due to a T.J. Rivera error. I hate this rule. Bad pitching should be rewarded with bad stats.
SS Luis Guillorme - The best catch of the century went to Guillorme who snagged an errant bat Thursday that was heading at his head in the dugout. An outstanding play that will never get a mention in a stat line. This kid is really catching eyes in camp.
IF Phillip Evans - Here's a guy that has absolutely no chance of breaking camp with the parent team and yet he's impressing the hell out of an organization desperately in need of a third baseman and always looking for another good bat.
RP P.J. Conlon - Everybody came to camp wondering if this kid was for real and, so far, he has shown no reason not to be. He now has a total of four scoreless innings under his belt and his only sign of being human was the two walks he save up yesterday. Another ++ 'Young Dude'.
RP David Roseboom - Roseboom had a shaky second outing on Thursday that included a lot of bad luck. An inch here and a good catch there and everything would have turned out a lot better for him.
Some observations -
An interesting thought is the fact that it took until this Friday to roll out the projected Mets starting rotation, For many reasons... the extended ST season due to the WBC... the fragility of the Mets starters... still, the starters they did use before Friday that have any chance of sticking with the parent team (Lugo, Gsellman,
Montero) had11 innings of scoreless ball.
Normally, you could see some of the marginal players that are in the main clubhouse being returned to the minor league side of the complex, but this is a WBC year and many Mets will be shipping out to the teams they have chosen to play for. Therefore, I don't look for any returnees at this point.
So far, in spring training, 16 Mets pitchers, have pitched a combined 50.2 innings... with a combined ERA of 0.00. Outstanding!