Mets Cut Down Roster
In addition to the release of Luis Castillo yesterday, the Mets also assigned Dillon Gee, Boof Bonser, Ryota Igarashi, Taylor Tankersley, Raul Chavez, Dusty Ryan, Russ Adams, and Jason Pridie to minor-league camp.
No surprise about Pridie, Ryan, and Chavez. Gee is someone I’m personally rooting for and believe he’ll get another shot soon enough. Bonser, to me, showed nothing to suggest he’d be valuable in the near term. He also continues to use the same terrible mechanics that caused his shoulder injuries in the first place, so I’m not expecting him to return to the performance levels that made him a prospect in his early 20s. Adams is another personal favorite and I’m sad to see him go, but he really never had a chance with Brad Emaus, Dan Murphy, Jerry Hairston, and Willie Harris around.
As for Igarashi and Tankersley, I’m mildly surprised to see them leave this soon. I know their spring ERAs are awful but both showed the ability to get swings and misses. Igarashi continues to struggle with his command, but his velocity is looking good and his offspeed pitches have bite. I’d like to see him focus on just one secondary pitch if the plan is to keep him in a relief role. Otherwise, maybe it wouldn’t be a bad idea to turn him into a starter, since he throws so many pitches (though none of them to spots consistently). Tankersley, on the other hand, walked only one and struck out nine in 3 2/3 IP. I wouldn’t say he was spectacular but my eyes saw a pitcher more confident and capable than Oliver Perez, who remains in the LOOGY auditions. But, Perez is still around because he deserves to be … we know that Sandy Alderson is the new sheriff in town, and his moves will not be influenced by finances.