– This is a nice profile of Tom Signore, who will be filling in for Frank Viola as the Las Vegas 51s Pitching Coach while Frankie recovers from open heart surgery. Signore has worked with the Expos, Marlins and Blue Jays and at Onandaga Community College, Flagler College, Quinnipiac and as a grad assistant at Western Connecticut State University. That’s paying dues.
– Baseball America lists the Mets at #10 in their preseason organizational talent rankings.
Their “High Ceiling Sleeper”: “RHP Rob Whalen’s fastball exhibits good life and low 90s velocity, and his ability to throw it for strikes should help him move quickly and stay in a rotation role.”
Whalen will begin the year as a piggyback starter in the Savannah Sand Gnats’ rotation.