STEP Camp, which is a slightly extended Spring Training for the Mets top prospects not in Major League camp, began Saturday.
Here’s the full STEP Camp roster.
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Throws ;Name;Final 2013 Level
LHP ;Dario Alvarez;NYP
RHP ;Tyler Bashlor;APP
RHP;John Gant ;NYP
RHP;Rainy Lara ;FSL
All of the full-season starters for Mets affiliates in the last two years either attended MLB camp or STEP Camp. This list allows us to construct, with a reasonable degree of accuracy, the bulk of the full-season rotations. The AAA Las Vegas rotation will mostly be filled with players in big league camp (like Noah Syndergaard, Rafael Montero, John Lannan, Daisuke Matsuzaka, Jacob deGrom, and Cory Mazzoni).
AA – EL
1. Bowman, 2. Lara, 3. Panteliodis, 4. Pill, 5. Robles, 6. Tapia, 7. Gorski (AAA depending on injuries)
A+ – FSL
1. Fulmer, 2. Ynoa, 3. Cessa, 4. Koch, 5. Kuebler, 6. Lugo
BP: Peterson, Sewald
A – SAL
1. Alvarez, 2. Bashlor, 3. Diaz, 4. Flexen, 5. Gant, 6. Gsellman 7. Knapp, 8. McGowan, 9. Whalen
That looks like a pretty good scramble for the Savannah rotation spots, but it’s not. The Mets have used a six-man rotation in Savannah in the Alderson/DePodesta years and I expect them to in 2014. They’ve also piggybacked at least a few of the rotation spots early in the year to 1. manage workloads, 2. give more guys a chance to throw more. Barring injury, all nine guys listed above will throw plenty of innings for Savannah in 2014. Add Ricky Jacquez, Akeel Morris and Johnny Magliozzi and that’s probably pretty close to the Opening Day staff.
It’s also worth pointing out that none of the 2013 high school draftees were invited to STEP camp. Thus, it seems like a very safe bet that 2nd round pick Andrew Church and 3rd round selection Casey Meisner will begin the year in short-season, most likely Brooklyn.
Xorge Carillo, Albert Cordero, Blake Forsythe, Jeff Glenn, Kai Gronauer, Cam Maron, Colton Plaia
Jayce Boyd, Dominic Smith, Aderlin Rodriguez,
Dilson Herrera, L.J. Mazzilli, Gavin Cecchini, Philip Evans, Matt Reynolds, Amed Rosario
The fact that Smith and Rosario are in STEP camp does not mean they will head to Savannah to start 2014. Last year, the Mets brought Gavin Cecchini to STEP camp only to start him in Brooklyn.
Maikis De La Cruz, Kyle Johnson, Jared King, Eudy Pina, Champ Stuart and Travis Taijeron
I suspect that this means Stuart, who impressed me in a brief look in Kingsport in 2013, will break camp in Savannah.