Photos from PSL: Travis d’Arnaud is being watched, by everyone

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Matthew Cerrone, Lead Writer

Travis d’Arnaud has style. I hope he’s good. I’m so predictable, because if a catcher is good on the Mets, it’s a guarantee he becomes my favorite player on the team. D’Arnaud will be that guy if he meets expectations. I also love that he has No. 15, it makes him appear to be a forgone conclusion, which he sort of is. Of course, anything can happen between now and the middle of May, when I expect he’ll make his debut at Citi Field. But, given the attention he gets, the people scouting and watching his every move, the number on his back, his talent and the buzz that follows him through camp, if you were new here, you’d instantly know he matters… and he doesn’t even have a big-league at bat yet.

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Vinny Cartiglia

He is winning over fans at Tradition Field, as well, spending 12 to 20 minutes signing autographs after practice. That plus the moon shots he was hitting during batting practice has quickly made him a hot topic off field.

Photos from PSL: Survivor: Port St. Lucie

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Matthew Cerrone, Lead Writer

They should call it Survivor: Port St. Lucie, like the CBS reality show, and each week of camp they vote someone off until three remain.

It’s crazy to look at because there are just so many people competing for the outfield, all of whom could realistically end up with a starting job. Sandy Alderson just stood there and stared, he didn’t flinch. I would love to know what was going on his mind.

The guy I’m looking to is Marlon Byrd. It’s going to take a player like him, to come in, win a job and exceed expectations for this team to contend. He has a big personality, he smiled a lot and looks comfortable. He has a track record. I see the other outfielders responding to him. So, if he can step up his game and get back to a season like he had in 2011, he could go a long way towards improving this team’s offense.

Photo from PSL: Fire up the grill

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Matthew Cerrone, Lead Writer

This grill is so basic. It sits in the middle of all the fields, and beneath the tower available to front office and management to get a bird’s eye view of practice. But, man, when it fires up at around 11 am, it smells like a backyard barbecue… and it’s rather distracting, when starving, and running around. It might be my favorite part of the day…

Photo from PSL: The $16 million baseball glove

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Matthew Cerrone, Lead Writer

Uh, oh… I guess this is what remains of Jason Bay. It might be the most expensive piece of equipment in camp, coming it at around $16 million. Of course, it’s simply being used by a coach to catch balls being thrown in from infield practice. But, still…