This past week, the Mets have added Matthew Allan, Francisco Alvarez and Ronny Mauricio to their 60-man roster and they are now receiving instruction at the alternate site in Brooklyn. This is a case of better late than never but why was it even late? They should have been there from Day 1. They missed out on six-to-eight weeks of hands-on instruction in this otherwise lost developmental season.
It’s not a contender for biggest misstep of Brodie Van Wagenen’s tenure but it makes the top 10.
We’ve seen the difference that doing work at the alternate site has done for Franklyn Kilome, Walker Lockett and Corey Oswalt. Kilome doesn’t have any previous MLB work to compare his efforts here in 2020 to but Lockett and Oswalt do.
In 13 previous games in the majors, Lockett had an 8.84 ERA and a 1.885 WHIP. In seven starts, he allowed 29 ER in 30.1 IP. His final line in his first start looks like more of the same and maybe it is. But he seemed like a more confident hurler and if had stopped after four innings – twice the length of a Robert Gsellman outing – the narrative would be completely different.
Perhaps learning from the Lockett experience, Oswalt was pulled after 4.1 IP. He had three really good innings, which might be three more than he had his first two years in the majors. Ron Darling was talking about how he was finishing his pitches better than before. Now, the Marlins aren’t exactly an offensive powerhouse but there were enough encouraging things from Oswalt’s last appearance that giving him another start doesn’t seem like a capital crime.
And David Peterson also spent time at the alternate site.