Mets Opening Day 2013 25-man Roster
Here they are, your 2013 New York Mets (for now):
Scott Rice makes his first Opening Day roster after 14 years in the minors. He slots in as the alternate LOOGY to Josh Edgin.
In the event Jeremy Hefner allows 5 homeruns per start, there is no backup plan. The hope is that the wind blows in until May, when
it makes better financial sense to promote Zack Wheeler should have enough AAA seasoning.
I’ve heard somewhere that Jeurys Familia has made the club, though I’ve also heard that Greg Burke made the club, and if both have made it, I’m not sure how they’re both going to fit after Marcum is activated from the DL for his first start (presumably April 7).
I was slightly surprised that the Mets groomed Familia for the bullpen from the outset of spring training. Although he looks to me like his ceiling is as a middle reliever, it seems early to give up on the 23-year-old’s potential as a starter. For the Mets, 28 AAA starts in 2012 were enough to convince them that Familia’s ultimate big-league role is in the bullpen. With Jenrry Mejia suffering more elbow pain and out until at least mid-May, the Mets might’ve considered stretching out Familia as a starter again, but it seems they’re intent on keeping him in the ‘pen. Then again, Las Vegas may already have a full rotation. Familia struck out 13 in 13 innings this spring, but also walked 8.
To me, Burke wasn’t especially impressive. His sidearm motion looks awkward, but not the kind of awkward that would fool hitters — awkward as in lacking control of his body and the baseball. He reminds me very much of Sean Green — not “under” enough to be truly different / unusual for a batter, not enough velocity to scare anyone, not enough sink to be a groundball machine, and no “out” pitch for swings and misses.
It didn’t surprise me that Robert Carson was demoted to AAA. As much as I really want to like him, he’s yet to show me anything to suggest he can retire MLB hitters consistently. His 13-inning audition last year in the bigs was uneven, and he didn’t show anything particularly devastating — his stuff looks ordinary. This spring, he looked very hittable — and he allowed a startling 5 homers in 12 IP. Granted, it’s Florida, and the wind often blows out, but it looked to me like he was regularly leaving pitches over the middle of the plate, begging to be swatted.
Brandon Lyon wasn’t particularly impressive, either (14 hits in 9 IP), but he was the only free-agent given a MLB contract, so he goes north. It’s quite possible, that with his job secure, he merely was working on things.
It’s assumed that Justin Turner makes the club if he’s healthy; if not, Lutz is there.
That’s it – any comments?