While I shovel snow in Las friggin Vegas, let’s dream of Spring… wait, snow in Las Vegas? You heard correctly, but let’s get into this weeks Roundtable as we prepare for Friday afternoon’s first pitch!
– Which player has the most to lose during this spring?
Corné: Lagares. With the addition of Keon Broxton, who has the same kind of defensive skills and more pop, Lags is kind of the odd man out. Health has been the main issue for Lags, because when healthy his defense alone is so good, that he is a plausible CF to have. But again same can be said for Broxton. Lagares does have more contact skills than Broxton, but in my opinion Broxton does have more upside.
Gem: Todd Frazier. He’s had a long and good career, no doubt about it. However, him playing in New York was a bit of a homecoming with him being from Jersey and it looks like he’s at the end of the rope. With the acquisitions of Cano, Lowrie, and even Davis, I’m sure the Mets would eat a portion of his contract if they find a taker.
Andrew: I’ll say Travis d’Arnaud. I believe this is a big spring for Travis now that the organization brought back Devin Mesoraco. Much has been made about the connection between deGrom and Mesoraco which now makes the backup catching position an intriguing thing to watch this spring.
Angelo: Dominic Smith.. He really needs an over the top spring in my mind. Has too much negative baggage from last season.. Even the slightest hiccup can end his career as a Met.
David: Paul Sewald. I think people have gotten tired of him. With all the new bullpen arms, he might go. In addition, he isn’t a lefty.
– Who will you keep your eye on the most this spring and why?
Corné: Tough choice as there are a lot of players to watch during every spring. I’m very curious about Kyle Dowdy. The Mets seem to be pretty high about the upside Dowdy has as a reliever. And with him being a rule 5 pick he has an edge to make the roster.
Gem: J.D. Davis. I think he’ll be a long shot to make the roster but his versatility and power will be intriguing. I have a feeling he’ll be playing with a chip on his shoulder and that edge should be fun to watch.
Andrew: Kyle Dowdy. He was the organization’s Rule 5 pick and both Mickey and Brodie have been raving about how he has good stuff. Mickey said during his press conference that they like to see as much of him as possible so I’ll be keeping an eye on him.
Angelo: Matz…. If he can rid the demons in his head and just pitch, he is very capable of CY Young award.
David: Chris Flexen. He slimmed down tremendously over the offseason. He could be a real sleeper.
– Who will be the first promotion from the minors to the majors during the regular season?
Gem: Maybe Pete Alonso, maybe another infielder before Alonso comes up. This is a toughie.
Andrew: If Peter Alonso doesn’t make the team out of camp I’ll go with him. If he does I’ll say T.J. Rivera.
Angelo: Peter Alonso, the Mets will need his bat if he tears it up in AAA
Corné: Mostly I’m going with a reliever, but this time it’s Peter Alonso. He will be up after 2 weeks to secure another year of service time. In my opinion a smart move with the Mets having Frazier, TJ Rivera and JD Davis who can fill the void at first.
David: Peter Alonso. The Mets will wait until they can get the extra year of eligibility out of him. If not, they are not thinking strategically.
– Danny Espinosa or Adeiny Hechevaria?
Gem: Normally, I’d go with Espinosa. I genuinely like the acquisition but defense is more important than ever so I’ll sway towards Hechavarria
Andrew: Hechavarria over Espinosa for me. I think there’s a good chance Hechavarria could make the team out of camp. Gives the Mets a backup shortstop on the 25 man roster, and can avoid using Lowrie at the position which he hasn’t played much of the past few seasons.
Angelo: Danny Espinosa or Adeiny Hechevaria? Espinosa, he was very productive on the Nats
Corné: Hechevaria is so extremely good at short, but Espinosa has more of a bat (although he hasn’t showed that in recent years). For the reason Espinosa has struggled migthly with his main plus over Hechevaria, I pick Hechevaria and his great defense over Espinosa. Still a battle to keep an eye on this spring.
David: I’m not a huge fan of either. I give a nod to Hechavarria since he is the better shortstop.
– Lets fill out your 25 man roster for opening day?
24. J.D. Davis
25. T.J. Rivera
SP: deGrom, Syndergaard, Matz, Wheeler, Vargas(regrettably)
RP: Diaz, Familia, Lugo, Gsellman, Wilson, Sewald, Oswalt
C: Ramos, Mesoraco
1B: J.D. Davis, Lowrie
2B: Cano, McNeil
3B: Frazier, Rivera
OF: Conforto, Nimmo, Broxton, Lagares.
Here is my roster
1. Jacob deGrom
2. Zack Wheeler
3. Noah Syndergaard
4. Steven Matz
5. Jason Vargas
6. Edwin Diaz
7. Jeurys Familia
8. Seth Lugo
9. Justin Wilson
10. Robert Gsellman
11. Chris Flexen
12. Luis Avilan
13. Wilson Ramos
14. Travis d’Arnaud
15. Robinson Cano
16. Todd Frazier
17. Jed Lowrie
18. T.J. Rivera
19. Jeff McNeil
20. J.D. Davis
21. Amed Rosario
22. Juan Lagares
23. Brandon Nimmo
24. Michael Conforto
25. Keon Broxton
S/O to Corné Hogeveen for supplying the questions of our Roundtable