1. Matt Harvey looked good throwing batting practice, he was anxious, he amped it up a little bat facing guys in the batter’s box, he had good command and likely hit around 94-95 mph, which is why he’s so ‘special.’
2. Harvey will likely throw a similar batting practice again before throwing to swinging batters, with the real milestone and test coming when he faces another team in Grapefruit League action.
3. He’s happy Noah Syndergaard got to pitch in front of so many people, most of which were in attendance to watch Harvey.
4. Jon Niese and Steven Matz looked equally impressive throwing in similar situations this morning.
5. Kirk Nieuwenhuis and Matt den Dekker will battle for the last spot in the roster, with the decision likely coming down to who hits more than the other.
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February 27, 2015, 12:50 p.m.
Matt Harvey spoke to the media after his first time facing live batters since his Tommy John surgery…
1. It’s a big step because it helps to get used to pitching to alone to some in the batter’s box, as opposed to a general bullpen session standing alongside other pitchers.
2. The players he faced and the coaches watching all said he looked great.
3. He expects to face batters swinging against him at some point next week.
4. He threw all four of his pitches and was surprised with how well he felt.
5. David Wright said he looked the same if not better than when he faced Harvey two years ago in a similar situation.
Photos from PSL: Matt Harvey throws in bullpen, then live BP
February 27, 2015, 11:15 am
Matthew Cerrone, MetsBlog.com
I’m not going to lie, it was pretty awesome watching Harvey throw in person. I got chills. How can you not? He looked confident, strong, consistent and in command of what he was doing out there.
He threw roughly 15 or so warm-up pitches on a side mound, where he already looked serious….
He then took the mound for two 20-pitch sessions to batters tracking pitches from the batter’s box against him…
The first batter to stand in against him was Wright, which was a nice visual, since they’re easily the two most important people on this team this season, both returning from injury, both facing one another eye to eye…
Frankly, the best part of the session was how fans cheered him… after what is essentially a glorified bullpen session… a full blown ovation.
All in all, it’s a bullpen, batting practice session, so it’s hard to read too much in to it. But, he was throwing off speed pitches and easily clocking mid 90s with his fastball. More importantly, he looked strong and in command, and that’s all that really matters right now.
Friday, Feb. 27, 2015, 9:45 am
New MLB commissioner Rob Manfred has no problem with Sandy Alderson’s payroll and the team’s finances, he told reporter Steven Marcus (Newsday, Feb. 27).
“I’m confident the Mets’ finances are in acceptable condition, and that they have available to them the resources to field a very competitive club,” Manfred said.
Manfred says he’s heard of no recent issues with offseason programs
February 10, 2015, 10:10 am
MLB is investigating the relationship between trainer Mike Barwis and the Mets, including how his offseason camp is run, who should attend and how it is funded (Bergen Record, Jan. 15). However, “We have not had a lot of problems on this issue recently,” he told ESPN >> Read more.
Manfred defends Fred Wilpon’s role on finance committee
January 25, 2015
Manfred does not understand why people have been critical of his choice to name Mets owner Fred Wilpon head of the league’s finance committee (NY Times, Jan. 25).
According to Manfred, the committee mostly deals with executive compensation and budget reviews. Issues dealing with possible fraud or inconsistencies in financial statements are handled by a separate group >> Read more
Newsday: Steven Matz has big-league stuff; now he’s waiting for call to The Show
“For the second straight season, Mets LH pitching prospect Steven Matz avoided the physical problems that once marred his development,” writes beat reporter Marc Carig. “In two years, he has rocketed through the system, his confidence soaring at every stop.”
According to Carig, Matz likely will begin the 2015 season at Triple-A Las Vegas, just one step away from a sweet homecoming, as some in the organization believe it won’t be much longer until he’s ready for the majors >> Read more in Newsday
February 27, 2015, 8:45 am
“Last time I checked, the team that talks the most doesn’t get any more wins,” David Wright recently told reporter Matt Ehalt (Bergen Record, Feb. 27). “It’s one of those things where — I’ve been guilty of this, too — where you get confident in this group of guys and you’re asked a question and you answer it honestly, and we’ve kind of talked a big game this off-season. … It’s enough of the talk. Now it’s a matter of going out there and preparing for opening day.”
The Mets have a confidence problem
February 23, 2015
Matthew Cerrone, MetsBlog.com
The Mets are getting hammered by hosts and callers this morning on MLB Network Radio.
It’s only going to get worse when outside media and other team’s fans get wind of the team-issued t-shirt that reads, “Take the damn thing,” alluding to the pennant (Brender, Feb. 23).
Similarly, Terry Collins is now MLB’s version of Rex Ryan, because he’s “making guarantees,” as one caller put it, talking tall about getting to the playoffs >> Read more
The Mets have no plans to talk with Daniel Murphy this season about a contract extension, a team source told reporter Adam Rubin (ESPN, Feb. 26).
Murphy said Thursday he is open to signing a contract to return to the Mets, but he would prefer not to have a back-and-forth negotiation during the season.
He will earn $8 million this season, after which he is eligible to be a free agent.
“My wife and I looked at each other when I signed that deal and were cross eyed, I can’t believe they’re paying me that much money,” he said, when asked if he feels he could make more money than he is on the open market >> Read more in the New York Post, Bergen Record, Newsday and MLB.com.
Murphy talked with reporters at Tradition Field on Thursday and said…
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The Mets will continue full-squad workouts in Port St. Lucie on Friday, during which the the forecast calls for wind and morning rain.
Matt Harvey is scheduled to face hitters tracking pitches during batting practice for the first time since undergoing Tommy John surgery.
In case you missed it from Mets camp on Thursday
The bonus pools for the 2015 First-Year Player Draft have been released and, thanks to signing Michael Cuddyer, the Mets have the least amount to spend in baseball >> Read more.
ESPN will soon release an E:60 on Matt Harvey, “The Dark Knight Rises,” which follows him from his All Star fame to his surgery to his recovery >> Watch Here
Dillon Gee will start the team’s first Grapefruit League game on March 4. Harvey and Noah Syndergaard will pitch two days later on March 6 >> Read more
Lucas Duda will need another week before he starts swinging a bat and Bobby Parnell looked good throwing batting practice, Terry Collins said >> Read and hear more
Daniel Murphy and the Mets have yet to have talks about a contract extension, he told reporters on Thursday at Tradition Field >> Read more
Matthew Cerrone’s pictures from Thursday’s workouts…
The bonus pools for the 2015 First-Year Player Draft have been released (Baseball America, Feb. 26).
The amount allotted is determined by each team’s draft position, the number of picks they have, and the amount of money they spent during the prior year’s draft.
The Mets, who do not have a pick until the second round (53rd overall), will have $3,587,800 to spend – the lowest amount in baseball. The Mets forfeited their first round pick (14th overall) in order to sign Michael Cuddyer.
The pool money is used to give bonuses to all players selected in the first 10 rounds of the draft and players selected in the last 30 rounds who receive more than $100,000.
Any club that goes over the bonus allotment incurs a large tax.
The 2015 First-Year Player Draft will take place from June 8 through June 10.
Johan Santana signs with Blue Jays
Former Met Johan Santana has signed a minor league deal with Toronto that includes an invite to major league camp (Heyman, Feb. 26).
Santana, 35, has been dealing with shoulder woes and has not appeared in the majors since he was with the Mets in 2012.