The Mets come into spring training with extremely high hopes of making the postseason for a franchise-record third year in a row. There are several players on the team that has solidified spots on the roster for the upcoming campaign. There are also several players that need to prove themselves this spring in order to either make the 40 man roster or to make a good impression on the organization.
After a sophomore slump for the ages last season, Conforto is poised to have a strong year. Entering spring training many expected Conforto to be a strong candidate for a bench role. Through nine games, Conforto has hit a smooth .360 paired with two home runs and a 1.025 OPS. He has been dedicated to stealing a starting spot in the outfield, and his play has only reflected his hard work ethic. He is so dedicated to making the starting lineup that he passed on the opportunity to play for Italy in the World Baseball Classic, something that teammates Brandon Nimmo and Gavin Cecchini decided to participate in. Whether or not Conforto cracks the opening lineup, he has impressed many people throughout the league.
With a career that has so far been defined by injuries and inconsistency, d’Arnaud is looking for stability entering the 2017 campaign. Up to this point, the Mets have been dedicated to sticking with d’Arnaud as their everyday starting catcher. Through eight games this spring, d’Arnaud has hit a scintillating .455 with two home runs and a 1.296 OPS. These are of course promising numbers for d’Arnaud, but they will all be for naught if he fails to stay healthy. If d’Arnaud can stay healthy, watch out for him to have a strong season.
After ending his 2016 season with surgery for Thoracic Outlet Syndrome, Harvey is hoping for a strong bounce back season. In 2016, Harvey pitched to a 4-10 record with a 4.86 ERA in 17 games. Harvey is looking for a strong spring to kickstart a strong 2017 campaign. So far, his spring has begun with a rocky start. In his first outing, Harvey lasted 1.2 innings while giving up four hits and four earned runs, with the big blow being a three-run home run. While one rocky start does not define the trajectory of a season, it would have been more soothing to see Harvey perform better. Look for Harvey to return to form in his next start.
Thought of as the Mets top prospect, Rosario is in the major league camp looking to show why he has earned that title. While he is not expected to make the team, he may want to build up his case to become a late-season call-up. So far this spring, Rosario has hit .318 with a .682 OPS. While these numbers don’t particularly stand out, Rosario is out to prove that he can play at a higher level. So far, he has shown his tools and he looks impressive. Don’t be surprised if, in late July or early August, Rosario is gracing the field for the Mets.
Often thought of as the forgotten man in the Mets bullpen, Edgin enters the 2017 season wanting to make his mark. Edgin has been overlooked as a solid left-handed option out of the bullpen. So far this spring, Edgin has not made a strong impression. In 4.2 innings, Edgin has given up three earned runs, three walks, and has surrendered a home run. For Edgin, who is trying to make the bullpen, this is not a positive sign. There is plenty of time to perform better this spring, though, so Edgin can always do better and make a run at a spot in the bullpen.