Mets invite 20 non-roster players to spring training

The Mets have invited 20 non-roster players to major league spring training, including RHP Noah Syndergaard, RHP Rafael Montero, C Kevin Plawecki and OF Brandon Nimmo.

For the full list of players, click here...

RHPs
Chase Bradford
Joel Carreno
John Church
Jeremy Hefner
Rafael Montero
Miguel Socolovich
Noah Syndergaard
Cory Mazzoni
Logan Verrett

LHPs
Adam Kolarek
Jack Leathersich

Catchers
Taylor Teagarden
Kevin Plawecki

Infielders
Brandon Allen
Eric Campbell
Anthony Seratelli
Daniel Muno

Outfielders
Dustin Lawley
Cory Vaughn
Brandon Nimmo




41 comments
Vin Santiago
Vin Santiago

Actually kind of excited to see Nimmo.  

TurkWendell4Life
TurkWendell4Life

Should bring in Vernon Wells. Could use the outfield power.

Young Ki
Young Ki

I actually want to see Montero make the team as #5 on the rotation.  Not that I don't believe Mejia will be a decent #5, but given Mejia's innings pitched last 2 seasons he maybe better served out of BP.

Jesse Glaubitz
Jesse Glaubitz

Surprised no Chase Huchingson.  Maybe because of his suspension?

Michael Mee
Michael Mee

I think Muno actually has a shot to make the 25 man roster without Turner here. 

John O
John O

Is Hefner's invite so he can do his rehab there?  Was this a necessary thing?

AJF
AJF

Why Nimmo? I hate to say it but he seems like a bust of a draft pick

pcshea
pcshea

I want to see at least five of those players make the opening day roster. Maybe even make a key roster move to have someone replace Rubin Tejada at SS.

TurkWendell4Life
TurkWendell4Life

When will he spill the beans how he felt when the Mets cut him?

Andrew Vazzano
Andrew Vazzano moderator

@John O I think it's just an official announcement they have to make to say he'll be in camp with the big leaguers, since he's not on the 40-man roster.

jose_who
jose_who

@AJFhe's 20 and progressing well. How is he a bust?

Michael Mee
Michael Mee

@AJF He hasn't even played in A+ yet. You guys are crazy. 

pcshea
pcshea

@AJF I agree. I thought there was more talent out there than what we chose, but I still want to see him play.

DMMP
DMMP

@Sentimental Steve I'd say there is a 90% chance your opening day rotation is (in some variation of this order) Colon, Wheeler, Neise, Gee, Mejia.  However, Montero has a (slim) shot of making the team out of camp if he dominates.  And Thor has an even more slim chance of making it out of camp... And he'd have to be pitching better than lights out to even get that chance.  So yes, he has a 1-2% chance of making the team out of camp.  But if I were a betting man... which I am... I wouldn't make that bet.  

Anthony Shin
Anthony Shin

I think only if theres an injury. And even then, I think its more likely we sign a veteran as a stopgap or promote Montero than use up one of Thor's arbitration years.

Wayno
Wayno

Gomez, pujols, piazza all were low draft picks and became good cause of what? Steroids! Thats why they were low picks, werent that good. The roids changed them, so send Nimmo to the florida clinic and he will be fine.

pcshea
pcshea

@Michael Mee @AJF What are you talking about? We're not talking about the opening day roster here, it's pretty easy to see that. You sound ridiculous making that comment.

stemog
stemog

@pcsheaHe's 20 years old and had a .397 OBP last season. The Mets would love to have just a few guys with a .350 OBP. Give him some time!

DMMP
DMMP

@pcshea A lot of players have clear tools to be capable of being much better than they seemingly perform. Nimmo is one of those guys, a guy that seems to have the ability but has just not put it together.  With the pick, it was very very clear that Nimmo was extremely raw, and was going to be a project.  If anything, I'd say Nimmo has met scouts expectations.  Raw, a project, shows the ability but doesn't bring it into games.  Before calling bust, I'd wait a few years.  The guy is only 20 years old and in A ball.  Come back to me when he's 23 and we'll talk about if he was a bust of a prospect or not.  


Mets fans like to give up on prospects very fast, if they don't tear it up every single year they are in the minors.  And that being the case, I have MANY All-star major leaguers that would love to have a word with you.  

Ravi Kirtane
Ravi Kirtane

@Anthony Shin Thor also hasn't pitched AAA.  Given that and the Super 2 issue, no way he opens up the season in the bigs.  Montero has a better shot, but he isn't that high on the depth chart, especially if the team brings in a vet.  You are looking at: Colon, Wheeler, Niese, Gee, Mejia/vet pitcher as the opening day rotation.

DMMP
DMMP

@AJF @pcshea @Michael Mee As I've said, that's to be determined, seeing as no one else in that draft is really doing much aside from Fernandez.

AJF
AJF

@pcshea@Michael Mee@AJFI agree the pick more then the player is a bust Nimmo still got ways to go but I feel we could of gotten better for that pick

stemog
stemog

@pcshea@Michael Mee@AJFYou know how many high school kids picked in the first round of the 2011 draft have appeared in the majors? One, Jose Fernandez. Yes, we could've had him one pick earlier, but we don't, oh well. How can Nimmo or the pick be considered a bust?

DMMP
DMMP

@pcshea @Michael Mee @AJF As I've said... it's hard to say it was a bust of a draft pick, until you actually see what he... and those after him in the draft... accomplish. Which right now I'd argue only Jose Fernandez (picked immediately after Nimmo) is really being amazing.  However, I get the impression the mets were seeking a bat moreso than a pitcher that year, just based on an assortment of variables.  Again, it's too early to call. 

Michael Mee
Michael Mee

@pcshea @Michael Mee @AJF What are YOU talking about? AJF said he was a bust, I said he hasn't played in A+ yet and therefore cannot be a bust, he has played fine for his level, and has a lot of potential left. 

hankincolo
hankincolo

@DMMP Well said, I'll only add, that as a life long Mets fan, I for one am patient with the young talent.

Mark Kelly
Mark Kelly

@DMMP@hlow24@pcshea Pujols was a 13th rounder. Happens all the time. 

Nimmo Played a good CF, and people believe he will stick there now more so than even 1 year ago. He also got HBP and hurt his wrist/hand. Also Greyson Stadiums is notoriously bad on Left handed hitters

He was Lights out in April and August.  

April 23 Games 107 PA:

322 .421 .433 .854OPS

August 32 games 130 PA

308 .450 .394 .844OPS

He got hurt at the end of April, missed almost all of may... And struggled for 2 months after he came back. 

Lets see how he performs in St. Lucie and Bingo 

DMMP
DMMP

@hlow24 @DMMP @pcshea And then there are players that pan out that no one saw coming.  We all know Mike Piazza's draft story.  The point is to evaluate someone based on a couple years... playing at 20 years old in A ball, is very foolish.  There's a reason most players don't make the majors till their age 23/24 seasons... And there is also a reason a players "prime" is usually from 27-30.  

DMMP
DMMP

@hlow24 @DMMP @pcshea I never argued he was drafted. My point was that you can't usually really evaluate a player based on their age 20 seasons.  If you want a player example of players that exceeded their minor league predictions and did much better in the majors, and maybe even could have been called "busts" in the minors...  Robinson Cano, Mike Morse, Torii Hunter, Alfonso Soriano, Martin Prado, Carlos Ruiz (who made his ML debut when he was 28 btw)... Shall I continue?

hlow24
hlow24

@DMMP @pcshea carlos gomez was not drafted, he was signed as a free agent in the international market 

DMMP
DMMP

@pcshea @DMMP Again, I think it's hard to judge the pick until we see what actually happens to/with Nimmo... especially when we're able to see what came after him in the draft.  It's hard to judge at this point.  Really, you can't judge drafts till about 5-7 years down the line based on an assortment of variables.  And even then you could be wrong.  (Players could be traded, they could pan out further down the line... For example... Carlos Gomez didn't really start putting it together till after his 25 year old season.) There are so many variables that make rating drafts take time.  

pcshea
pcshea

@DMMP @pcshea  I need to clarify that it was the pick that was the bust. Not the player. A lot of adamant fans were hoping the Mets would use it on either a middle infielder or a pitcher. I don't think Nimmo will be a terrible player. I think he will resemble a similar platform to a Alex Gordon on the Royals. I think we could have gotten more at the time and I believe that this is what AJF was preaching to.