Projecting the Mets 25-man roster Version 2.0

Posted: March 21, 2013 in News, Opinion, Spring Training
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By Steven Inman

On February 17th, we did a post here on BrokeMets called “Projecting the Mets 25-roster”.  After several injuries, I’ll attempt another crack at the Mets 25-man roster.

The 4 infielders that are expected to start for the Mets on Opening day areimagesCAU5LIB3

1. David Wright

2. Justin Turner is expected to start at second base for the Mets if Daniel Murphy is unable to go due to an oblique injury. If Murphy CAN go Turner will still be on the team as a backup infielder/pinch hitter.

3. Ruben Tejada

4. Ike Davis

5. John Buck is projected to be the starting catcher on opening day and will play a lot until top prospect Travis d’Arnaud is deemed ready for the big leagues which should sometime in mid-may.

OutfieldimagesCADQ3WP8

6. Lucas Duda

7. Jordany Valdespin- Valdespin has beaten out Kirk Nieuwenhuis for a job on the roster but the injury situations to Wright and Murphy will affect his playing time.

8. Collin Cowgill

9. Marlon Byrd

10. Mike Baxter

Outside looking in Kirk Nieuwenhuis, Matt Den Dekker

Starting Pitching

11. Jon Niese (Opening Day starter)imagesCADQ3WP8

12. Shaun Marcum

13. Matt Harvey

14. Dillon Gee

15. Jeremy Hefner- Hefner will likely be skipped the first time through the rotation but he will get some starts due to Johan Santana starting the season on the disabled list.

Outside looking in Jenrry Mejia, Aaron Laffey

Bullpen

The bullpen can change based on another injury, but as of now it looks like this.untitled

16. Bobby Parnell

17. Brandon Lyon

18. LaTroy Hawkins

19. Josh Edgin

20. Scott Atchison

21. Pedro Feliciano- Feliciano has the leg up here because Terry Collins said the other day that the Mets want to carry two left-handers. Feliciano has battled a heart condition in camp and his velocity has been much slower than it was in his first stint with the Mets.

22. Jeurys Familia- Familia makes the roster due to Frank Francisco’s injury leaving him on the shelf for the foreseeable future, combined with a very strong spring.

Outside looking in Greg Burke, Robert Carson

Bench

We already mentioned the two platoons in the outfield which mean there are only three bench spots left.untitled

23. Backup shortstop: Omar Quintanilla

24. Utility guy: Zack Lutz?

25. Backup Catcher: Anthony Recker

Omar Quintanilla has the upper hand on Brandon Hicks to make the Opening Day roster even though Hicks is out of options. Due to the lack of shortstops around the league, if Hicks doesn’t make the team, the Mets have a good shot at losing him to another organization. I have no idea who would be the backup utility guy if Murphy was hurt. Lutz can play first and third and has hit a little in the spring so I would give him the edge at this point. The Mets better hope that Murphy can get healthy before Opening Day.

There is still plenty of time for some unproven guy in the bullpen or on the bench to claim a spot so we will probably do one more of these roster projections before Opening Day. What do you think anyone else deserving of a roster spot?

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Comments
  1. Mike Young says:

    I concur with your opening day roster selections. This line up isyoung, energetic and talented. Marlon Byrd is the veteran leader in the OF and DW the veteran leader of the IN as well as the new team captain. The rotation and BP look both food and promising. Valdespin when he doesn’t start can hopefully come through in his pinch hitting clutch situations late in the game. I am optimistic. I hope these guys all pay up to their potential and that the Mets, most importantly, get off to a winning start. Lets Go Mets!

  2. Steven Inman says:

    haha now I think your the one being a little too optimistic. This outfield is a mess… You can make the case that none of these guys deserve major league jobs, let alone as starters. The infield is set and I love the rotation especially if Marcum is healthy. The bullpen is going to be a major problem yet again and if the young guys like Parnell, Edgin and Familia dont become not good but GREAT, this bullpen will struggle again especially in April, May and June. The key will be the starters being able to go deep into games and taking the pressure off the bullpen

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