Most of the attention following Monday’s Spring Training game was focused on Zack Wheeler’s 2014 Spring debut and Curtis Granderson’s two homeruns. That’s sensible, if the Mets are going to be good in 2014, they’ll need big seasons from both of those two. How about the prospects that are unlikely to make the 2014 Opening Day roster, but could help the team at some point in the future?
- Brandon Nimmo looks terrific. He added 10 pounds of muscle for the second straight season, but said that in doing so, he has maintained his speed.
Monday, he ripped an RBI single to right on a hanging breaking ball.
In 2013, he was often content to work to the right-center and left-center field gaps. As a developmental matter, he needed to learn to use the whole field. Now, it’s satisfying to see him let his hands go, and show off good bat speed as he ripped the ball hard into right field. It’s encouraging.
Also of note: when Nimmo entered the game with Matt den Dekker and Cesar Puello, Nimmo played center and den Dekker shifted to left.
- RF Cesar Puello was 1-2 with a double. Again, he ripped a double down the leftfield line on a fastball. He can really hit fastballs.
- C Juan Centeno singled softly into left field. The left-handed hitter uses the opposite field well.
- Danny Muno played shortstop for the final two innings. He should have been charged with his second error of the spring on a grounder that snuck under his glove on a backhand attempt. It was the kind of play where a guy with quicker feet would have gotten closer to the ball and made for an easier pickup. He’s not really a shortstop; he played 17 games there in 2013 in AA and 18 games there in advanced-A in 2012. At this point, I do not think Muno can play short at a level required to be a big league backup. Given the Mets’ weakness at the position, this will be one of the things to watch in the next few weeks of Spring Training games.
- Erik Goeddel: 1.2 IP, 3 H, 2 R, 2 ER, 0 BB, 2 K, 1 HR. I saw two pitches only, his fastball and curveball. The SNY gun had him 89-90 with his fastball and 72-74 on the curve, but I think the gun was light so add like 2 mph to each reading. Jonathan Villar took a belt-high fastball deep out to left, an opposite field shot.
- Jeff Walters: 1.1 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 0 BB, 0 K. Again the SNY gun had him 88-90 with a slider around 80. I think it was two mph slow for him too, making him more like 90-92, with an 82 mph slider. Walters was solid, coming into a bases-loaded situation after Vic Black walked them full and induced a groundout to end the threat with his slider.