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…
Campbell 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.