Las Vegas 51s Release Opening Day Roster

51s LogoThe Las Vegas 51s released their Opening Day Roster Monday evening. The complete roster is here.

The big names are RHP Zack Wheeler and C Travis d’Arnaud.

Outside of Wheeler, the pitching staff is nearly exclusively MLB depth guys like Collin McHugh and Aaron Laffey and Carlos Torres.

There are two notes that are interesting in terms of pitching assignments.

  1. The first surprise is that Greg Peavey, coming off a year when he ran a 5.06 ERA and allowed 169 hits in 144 innings in AA earned the promotion to AAA. The second half of the surprise is that he did so at the expense of LHP Darin Gorski, who is headed back to AA Binghamton.   
  2. Cory Mazzoni is headed back to AA. Given that he made only 14 starts in AA in 2012, and was far from dominant, this makes sense. If the organization wanted to be aggressive with him, they could have moved him to the AAA bullpen, but that is far from the Mets’ current style. And there really is no urgency at the big league level.

I wonder how much the pitcher-hostile environment factored into Gorski and Mazzoni’s assignments. There appears to be plenty of innings to go around while creating a spot for either (or both) of Gorski and Mazzoni. So, this looks like a developmental decision.

I suspect that this pitching staff, as it is currently configured, is going to give up a lot of runs.

On the infield, the big name is Wilmer Flores. As always, the question is where he’ll play and how he’ll look while doing it. Given how cautious the Mets appeared with their pitchers, it’s notable that they felt comfortable promoting Flores who played a strong half a season in AA where he hit .311/.361/.494 in 66 games. Flores is joined by Brian Bixler, Zach Lutz, Reese Havens, Brandon Hicks, Josh Satin and Omar Quintanilla.

The roster lists only three outfielders: Andrew Brown, Jamie Hoffman and Juan Lagares. Brown is exclusively a corner guy, and Hoffman played just four games in center last year after 86 in 2011 and 124 in 2010 for AAA Albuquerque. I’d think Lagares, who mostly played center last year in AA, will be the primary centerfielder in this group. All three can thank Matt den Dekker’s wrist for an increase in their own playing time in the first half. Eric Campbell split his time between first base and left field in AA Binghamton in 2012, and given the crowded infield, I suspect much of his early playing time will be in left.

 Full Roster: 51s_2013Roster_1

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