Tom Brennan - YOUNG METS DUDES IN SPRING TRAINING – REPORT CARD
CATEGORY 1: Playing So Danged Good Even Vet-Loving Terry Collins Must Be Impressed
Gavin Cecchini - hey, 6 for 11 and 2 walks, with just one K? A double and a homer, and a steal? This guy sure seems to be trying to force the issue. Give us some adequate 2nd base defense and we are going to have to think about him as a legit starting IF in the bigs for 2018.
Brandon Nimmo - 8 for 18 (.444). Unfortunately, his slugging % is also .444, but a very nice start from a guy I surely hope can show us more than singles.
Matt Reynolds - on base 6 of 11 times so far. He is competing in a very crowded infield scenario.
Seth Lugo - pitched great last year, and 5 fine scoreless innings already this spring. In many years, he'd be a lock for the starting rotation.
Rob Gsellman - at the risk of sounding repetitive, pitched great last year, and 2 fine scoreless innings already this spring. In many years, he'd be a lock for the starting rotation.
Raffles Montero - hopefully, Raffie has a winning lottery raffle ticket to the Mets' squad this spring: 6 innings so far of 1 hit shutout ball with 8 Ks.
PJ Conlon - 2 (what else) scoreless innings...he never cared much for people putting their feet on plates, something he learned back in Belfast.
Paul Sewald - 3 hitless innings so far - what does a guy have to do to impress folks around here, anyway?
Josh Smoker - tossing fireballs, he has tossed 3.1 shutout, one hit innings. The big lefty is looking to go north with the big club.
Adam Wilk - 3.2 scoreless innings, 4 Ks, just 2 hits, no BBs. So far, so great.
Ben Rowan - 2 scoreless. 1 hit, 2 K innings.
And finally, the TAYLORS (Logan and Corey) - both with 3 innings of 1 hit, shutout ball. Nice.
The other was a deftly snagged, quickly flying bat, snatched out of thin air in the dugout as others ran for their lives that got national attention (heck, I saw it on the Breitbart website, not typically a sports site).
Luis IS CLEARLY a defensive wizard. 165 pounds when signed, 190 now (a weight Bud Harrelson never came close to), so the 5’9”, 22 year old Luis may show some more pop as his minor league season progresses. He's 2 for 9 and a walk so far, just one strikeout.
Dominic Smith - just 2 for 13 so far, but his walks give him a .353 OB %. Most likely needs another full season in the minors, where he'll turn 22 in June.