The Mets have had a busy offseason and as the dust settles it seems that the Mets may have brought in enough veteran bodies to keep both Jeff McNeil and Top Prospect, Peter Alonso from making the team out of Spring Training.
The fact is that the Mets have approximately thirteen roster spots for position players and the depth chart seems pretty crowded. Here’s what I have for locks:
● C1: Wilson Ramos
● C2: Travis d’Arnaud
● 1B: Todd Frazier
● 2B: Robinson Cano
● 3B: Jed Lowrie
● SS: Amed Rosario
● LF: Brandon Nimmo
● CF: Juan Lagares
● RF: Michael Conforto
● OF4: Keon Broxton
● CI: J.D. Davis
That’s a pretty significant number of positions with players likely locked into major league playing time and there’s more than a few people on the Mets who are going to be vying for them.
Jeff McNeil – A golfer through most of his high school career, the Mets nabbed McNeil as late in the draft as they did since he was a pretty raw prospect. His natural position is second base though he has played some time at third base and even less time in the outfield.
A player known for his bat and not his glove it seems unlikely that the Mets would want to risk having a Daniel Murphy or Lucas Duda style adventure in left field while having Brandon Nimmo weaken the defense in center. The moment that the Mets brought in Lowrie the chances of McNeil making the opening day roster went down significantly.
Peter Alonso – The Mets made a lot of noise about not hiding Alonso in AAA to prevent Super Two status. Enough noise that I felt they would give him an open shot at winning the position. Now, I think the Mets have enough of a legal case to say they didn’t have room for him with the crowded infield of players.
T.J. Rivera – Once upon a time Rivera played shortstop and it’s possible that the Mets can consider Lowire a backup to shortstop. That would mean that Rivera can handle backing up all the other infield positions.
Dominic Smith – He’s out of rope with Met fans who don’t think much of his once respected potential. The Mets will showcase him in Spring Training and likely send him down to AAA where he will man the other corner of the outfield. I don’t see him ever having another starting job offered to him.
Gavin Cecchini – The one player who has benefitted from this is the true utility player in the Met’s system. Cecchini is the best defensive option for that Middle Infield bench role. If he is healthy he might force Rivera onto the waiver wire.