Grapefruit League play – where the samples are small and the competition is less than MLB-quality. It’s tough to make decisions based off what happens in Florida. Sometimes players really are working on something and aren’t overly concerned with results. Still, let’s examine some players, both those still in camp and those who were sent out already, and see what jumps out. Most of these are from looking at stats but some also come from game-witnessed action and media reports.
Jacob deGrom – Makes you wonder if Nolan Ryan ever threw 101 in mid-March.
Marcus Stroman – Has matched deGrom’s 7.0 K/BB ratio this Spring.
Jordan Yamamoto – Just 1 BB in 8.1 IP from a guy with a 4.3 BB/9 in MLB action.
Robert Gsellman – Allowed 13 baserunners in 6 IP.
David Peterson – 6 IP, 1 K
Taijuan Walker – 6 IP, 3 H, 3 BB
Dellin Betances – Has a 10.80 ERA despite stories about how much further along he is than this time last year.
Edwin Diaz – 5 IP, 2 H, 0 BB, 7 Ks
Jeurys Familia – He’ll want you to focus on the 1.80 ERA but 10 baserunners in 5 IP is awful.
Joey Lucchesi – Maybe he’s not the best judge of pitchers but when Keith Hernandez raves about you, that’s probably not a bad thing.
Miguel Castro – Just 1 BB in 4.1 IP
Jacob Barnes – Had a leg up to make the team being out of options. Luis Rojas has praised his workouts. Yet he has a 6.75 ERA and a 1.75 WHIP.
Tommy Hunter – Guys fighting for bullpen jobs are advised not to allow 4 BB in 4 IP.
Sam McWilliams – Felt like he was sent down too soon but 5 BB in 3 IP will do that to you.
Drew Smith – Having a nice camp but reports are that he’s experiencing shoulder soreness.
Mike Montgomery – Hasn’t allowed a run and has 5 Ks in 2.2 IP
Trevor Hildenberger – Another guy who it seems was sent out too early. Call me crazy but if a guy posts 7 Ks in 2.1 IP without giving up a run, I don’t reassign him.
Pete Alonso – He’s crushing the ball and drawing walks, too. Hard not to notice his 9 Ks, though.
Francisco Lindor – Got off to a slow start but you can’t tell that now. Really enjoyed the HR against Max Scherzer.
Brandon Nimmo – The Spring Training marvel is at it again, with a .990 OPS.
Jeff McNeil – His struggles stand out because he’s the only big bat scuffling. But the hits are definitely not falling in for him.
Michael Conforto – A homer to CF against Scherzer is great whenever it happens.
James McCann – We’re hoping for a little more power but early returns are encouraging.
Kevin Pillar – He’s making a great first impression with an .862 OPS.
J.D. Davis – He’s yet to have an XBH but 9 BB can’t be overlooked.
Dominic Smith – We know the BABIP is going to fall from 2020, the question is how will his ISO fare? So far, three of his five hits have gone for extra-bases.
Albert Almora – Chances of making the roster took a hit with the Pillar signing. But with the injury to Jose Martinez, combined with his strong start at the plate, have eased those concerns.
Khalil Lee – Looked overmatched at the plate when I saw him and 9 Ks in 15 ABs says pretty much the same thing.
Pete Crow-Armstrong – Clearly not ready for prime time but it was great to see him get the experience and fun to see his hyphenated last name curved around his back.
Patrick Mazeika – There’s perhaps no better illustration that ST stats mean nothing than Mazeika’s .883 OPS.
Brett Baty – Just looks like a ballplayer.
Mark Vientos – In 9 PA he had 2 2B and 4 BB
With the injury to Carlos Carrasco, there’s probably no better performance than that of Stroman. The Mets need him to be the clear SP2 pitcher from the jump and it looks like he’s ready to go. It’s also good to see strong starts by Diaz and Alonso. It’s certainly too soon to fret about McNeil’s slow start. My hope is that Davis shows some power before the real games start in 10 days.