Quintanilla is current back-up SS, Seratelli will not make team

4:50 pm: Mets infielder Anthony Seratelli will not be on the Opening Day roster, Terry Collins told reporters Friday (MLB.com, Mar. 28).

According to Collins, as of “today,” Omar Quintanilla is the backup shortstop.

Matthew Cerrone, Lead Writer

11:45 am: It’s looking like Ruben Tejada will be this team’s shortstop on Opening Day, which means the final bench spots likely to come down to OF Andrew Brown or 1B-3B Eric Campbell and infielders Omar Quintanilla and Anthony Seratelli.

My hunch is Brown and Quintanilla will be with the team Opening Day, with Seratelli and Campbell heading to Triple-A Las Vegas. However, I’d do the opposite, if I were GM…

USATSI_7813285_110579513_lowresCampbell has put himself on the radar this spring. I’ve heard from more the one person connected to the team talk about him in glowing terms. They love his power potential and he walks more than he strikes out, which will always catch the attention of this front office. He had a .910 OPS last year in the minors, but a .973 OPS this spring and his ability to play multiple positions in the infield and outfield has helped keep him around.

He’s 27 years old, it’s not his first rodeo, he has no real identifiable position, but his bat is perfect for this roster. Plus, he plays first base. And, considering how no one has stepped up to take hold of that job, I’d rather have Campbell in the mix than Brown, since the team already has enough fourth outfielders.

I don’t get this front office’s love affair with Quintanilla. I’m sure he’s a nice guy, which is what everyone in the clubhouse will tell you, but if Seratelli isn’t going to make the team, I’d actually prefer to have Justin Turner, who is now the starting second baseman for the Dodgers.




254 comments
Marc Seldin
Marc Seldin

How can they not choose Campbell? Seriously..

Robert C. Smith
Robert C. Smith

Sorry, gang - we're talking about a coterie of total stiffs, all of whom have never been considered prospects. Gotta remember that not all minor leaguers are prospects - they're just minor leaguers. There's a big difference, but the problem with the Mets is that they're constantly seeking their next Marlon Byrd or R.A. Dickey. Why? It simply means they don't have to pay anybody.

A Pocono View_
A Pocono View_

Omar has proven to be a decent back up..has made some real gd plays..but no bat..Seratelli showed spark, ability..?Another  head scratcher.

chasesimms
chasesimms

My hunch is that this is the exact damn team as last season and there is absolutely no reason to believe they will be any better.  


What a f - i n g joke. 

Rob Davis
Rob Davis

HAVE NO FEAR THESE GREAT PLAYERS WILL ALLOW THEM TO WIN 90 GAMES..  REMEMBER OUR FM IS A GENIUS AND WHEN HE WAS BORN GOD WAS GIVING BRAINS AND HE THOUGHT GOD SAID PAIN SO HE SAID GIVE ME A LITTEL


Ron Coco Jr.
Ron Coco Jr.

Plain and simple no one understands whats going through the mind of this teams front office. Look how many guys had great Springs and got optioned. I thought the point of Spring and position battles was basically tryouts and to go with the better options. Hmm maybe im wrong. 


Kevin McManus
Kevin McManus

BTW I would go with Soup as well. I'm not a band wagon rider however I was very impressed with his Spring . I always rooted for him and Lutz to one day bring their bats to the big club. Watching both play , it's obvious Campbell is the better bat. He swings with authority and just looks like a major baseball player . He puts you in the mind frame of an awesome big league story like the catcher in Atlanta, Gattis/. How do it ever get to know what guys like this can do if they aren't given a chance. He has the kind of bat that can keep him here one day. He just needs a chance

zoddie
zoddie

Booooo. I'm fine with Andrew Brown. I understand bringing both Duda and Ike north. But I hate Q over Seratelli. Why not go with the unknown and see if he can hit. We already know what Q offers. He is a known quantity. Since the Mets aren't making the playoffs, why not try the unknown and see if he can be a part of the next winning team?

Pointless move.

mystere24
mystere24

Quintanilla bats lefty so he's a platoon for Tejada, pure and simple.

hankypanky
hankypanky

I can understand the sentiment surrounding Seratelli and why everyone is rooting for him. I can't understand the loyalty to Quintanilla, though. I know this is a reach but could the Mets be show-casing him as part of a package? I hope so.

Kevin McManus
Kevin McManus

Another stupid decision by the Mets. Not only did Seratelli earn a spot on the roster this spring his flexibility makes him the better option. He plays multiple infield positions as well as the outfield . Even more important to have a guy like this with Duda on the roster. Besides this we already know what we are gonna get from Quintanilla. He's a AAA back called up for emergencies and won't so anymore than fill in a roster spot or for you . From the looks of Seratelli , he's a fire cracker with speed willing to leave it all out in the field for you everyday . He has some speed and the potential to make something happen with his legs . Not that the 25th man on the roster is expected to be a game changer but how so we expect to win more games this year if we aren't willing take chances even with the last guy on the roster We don't know what he can do but with Quintanilla we know he give us the basics and nothing more

nym68
nym68

Remember when the Mets said 2014 was the year that our patience would be rewarded? And remember when Sandy said we would have a new SS this year? And oh yeah, remember when Mutt and Jeff said that the Madoff fiasco would not affect team payroll?

Keep all of those memories alive the next time our beloved Mets say anything that sounds like hope covered in manure because it's only hope if you can't smell the bull

cleonsvan
cleonsvan

The Mets really screwed the pooch by letting Justin Turner go. He was a professional hitter and bench player.

lindro88
lindro88

Last yr everyone was begging for Satin. Give him a chance when the regular season starts. These ST numbers mean nothing.

lindro88
lindro88

So you'd feel much better about things if Campbell is the 25th man. Lol.

Jerry Colfer
Jerry Colfer

My thoughts exactly. Granderson vs, Byrd and little else has changed. We have a lot of starting pitching potential, but a weak offense and crappy pen. Same S#%t, different year.

mystere24
mystere24

You are wrong. The point is to get the ML players in shape for the season, evaluate your young talent, and know who can step in and where if an injury occurs or a trade presents itself. Quintanilla was the known quantity and can play the position defensively. The one true position battle never materialized at first base due to injuries to both candidates so that will carry over into the season, especially with a DH needed in April. The other battle was for the 5th starter position and with Niese questionable, both may be winners.

jamets
jamets

They gave him his shot this spring, with hardly any competition, and he flopped.  16Ks to 1 BB is all you need to know.

jamets
jamets

No chance.  He is a back-up to Tejada.  Its not a platoon.

Kim Jong-un
Kim Jong-un

@mystere24  Considering the fact that roughly 70% of MLB pitching is right handed I'm gonna go out on a limb and say 1)he's not a platoon 2) you don't know what a platoon is.

Ron Coco Jr.
Ron Coco Jr.

@mystere24  and Siratelli has more speed, is a switch hitter, and been better all around this Spring. We already have a lefty on the Bench and thats Duda. 

1harris1
1harris1

Showcase Q? Sure. I firmly believe that a package of Q and Noah could bring back a decent ball player.

jamets
jamets

That is wishful thinking.  Q has no trade value.  Guys like him are getting released every day.

cleonsvan
cleonsvan

@nym68 Sort of like you can keep your plan if you like it.

jamets
jamets

Guys like Turner are a dime a dozen.  He was replaced by Satin as the RH 1B and back-up 2B.  The fact that he was also our emergency SS hurts, but he's not someone you should be worried about losing.

Ron Coco Jr.
Ron Coco Jr.

@cleonsvan  And now starting with a playoff team, what does that tell you? Underated by the Mets


Andrew Sodergren
Andrew Sodergren

@jamets Especially for someone who came in with a high OBP reputation. There were positives I saw out of Seratelli (the speed in particular) but he didn't really go out and win a job and it was there for the taking.

mystere24
mystere24

Ok, let's quibble over semantics. He's a partial platoon. He can start against a righty when Tejada gets a day off or is slumping, which may be 70% of the time knowing Tejada.

mystere24
mystere24

It's six of one and half dozen of the other but Tejada needs a left-handed hitting partner and they were more comfortable with Quinanilla. This decision doesn't matter. Flores matters and if there's no trade, he will be playing in NY by Memorial Day.

nym68
nym68

@cleonsvan @nym68  yep....and they just sit back counting their pennies while we act like sheep running around reacting to everything they do. Well eventually a sheep loses its wool. And eventually Mets fans will turn on this team. Sadly, it hasn't happened yet due to us all being sold on the dream of a better (insurance) plan every off season. I count myself in this when I say that Mets fans are as pathetic as ownership

Andrew Sodergren
Andrew Sodergren

@jamets He could hit for a decent average and often gave you a good AB, but that average was empty. No power, no speed and not a good defender. Versatile yes, but there are all sorts of guys like that (and better). Definitely not someone to lose sleep over losing.

lindro88
lindro88

He was also blasted on this blog. People hated him.

jamets
jamets

Don't believe everything you read (especially on this site!)  Turner is not starting for the Dodgers.  He started opening day and may get a few starts against lefties.  But he is their 3rd best 2B.

mystere24
mystere24

Let's not get carried away. He's the shallow half of a fallback platoon.

eric88
eric88

@Steven Matregrano @Jerry Colfer   That's just silly Stevie. Byrd hit .280 with 23 HR;s, 87 rbi's. Grandy can not hit .280 and May hit  25=30 hr's. Similar threat. Much bigger threat, NO.

Jerry Colfer
Jerry Colfer

Last year their numbers were comparable. Granderson more HR's, less RBI's (but he was injured to be fair). The underlying point I was trying to make is we have not materially improved the team and we are now hoping young arms can offset a leaky pen and a lot of offensive holes.

lindro88
lindro88

Did you see Byrd's numbers?

mystere24
mystere24

You mean like George Springer did for the Astros?

mystere24
mystere24

You mean like Tejada did last winter?

zoddie
zoddie

Are you going to judge a player on over 3000 plate appearances as a pro or 50 spring training at bats?

lindro88
lindro88

Q isn't an upgrade defensively. He won't be replacing Tejada.

Kim Jong-un
Kim Jong-un

@mystere24  Fair enough, that unnecessary for me to bite your head off over. But their respective career splits vs RHP are nearly identical. Something like .604 OPS (tejada) VS. 622 OPS (Q). I would guess that Quintanilla will be used mostly as a defensive replacement for Tejada should the Mets have a lead heading into the 8th or 9th inning (Tejada .970 Fld% at SS vs Q .982 Fld% at SS). Fact is they are both just placeholders for the next SS. Problem is no one knows who that is going to be

lindro88
lindro88

Still better than what we have

Andrew Sodergren
Andrew Sodergren

@mystere24 Yeah, guess everyone takes Cerrone's word as gospel. Turner isn't a starter and will be strictly a bench player when the kid Guerrero is ready for the Dodgers. The great Dee Gordon is getting the lion's share of the ABs as the lefty-half of the platoon.