The Mets announced that Mookie Wilson will remain in the Mets organization in a role that includes both baseball and business duties.
Wilson is in camp working with both major and minor leaguers, and will work with the organization’s minor league affiliates during the regular season.
On the business side, Wilson will be a club ambassador representing the Mets at sponsorship and charitable events in spring training and the regular season.
“I look forward to both roles,” Wilson said in a statement. “I am glad to be back. I will get a chance to work with the players in the spring and during the year. Plus, I will be able to look at some of our younger players, which I love doing.
“Familia has impressed me on a lot of different fronts,” Paul DePodesta recently told MiLB.com. “For such a young guy, I’m impressed with his mental discipline and mental focus in addition to the stuff. All these guys have electric stuff, and that jumps out at you right away.”
However, earlier this month, ESPN.com’s Keith Law left Familia off his Top 100 list, saying, “If I thought there was any chance he could start, he would have made the list, but he’s headed for the bullpen with a plus fastball and not enough command or secondary stuff to remain in the rotation.”
Familia was mostly rated the team’s third best pitching prospect behind Matt Harvey and Zack Wheeler as top prospect lists were published during the last few months.
Nevertheless, last week, Sandy Alderson told reporters it was unlikely that Harvey, Wheeler, or Familia would be on the team’s big league roster early in 2012.
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Today in Las Vegas, the Under-Over line for Mets wins is 70.5, which would be good for last place in the NL East this season.
Later, Santana told reporters that they did not have a radar gun on him to track velocity, but he feels the ball was coming out of his hand very well.
He would not say if will be ready to be the team’s Opening Day starter. Instead, he added, “Hopefully toward the end of spring we’ll have a better idea if I can be there.” Right now, he says, the goal is to work back, stick to the plan and be patient.
“I’ve been through a lot the last couple of years,” he explained. “It’s exciting to be back on the field.”
To hear Santana talk about today’s bullpen session, click the play button below:
Pitching prospect Zack Wheeler was not invited to Spring Training. However, he worked out with the big-league team yesterday and talked to Andrew Keh of the New York Times about fan expectations of him, which you can read more about here.