The Mets released their list of non-roster invitees on Feb 13. Here’s a cheat sheet for which position players you should watch out for!
With Tim Tebow having announced his retirement from Major League Baseball on Feb 17, the Mets minor league is now free of distractions.
Fans will now be able to seriously examine the talent in their farm system while management can use his roster spot for someone with a legitimate chance at making the pros – and more importantly – someone who can contribute to the future success of the team.
However, the main NRIs to keep an eye on include top prospects: SS Ronny Mauricio (No. 1), C Francisco Alvarez (No. 2), 3B Brett Baty (No. 3), RHP Matt Allan (No. 4), OF Pete Crow-Armstrong. (No. 5), and 3B Mark Vientos (No. 7).
Their ages range from 18-21 and they’re each expected to begin the season playing A-ball in Port St. Lucie. Although their ETA’s in to the majors are at least 2-4 years away, their invitations will allow fans to get a glimpse of what the future Mets roster could look like while they play alongside the team’s current crop of stars.
Since the roster is already determined, by and large, with the team’s first full-squad workouts scheduled for Monday, Feb 22, time will ultimately tell just how deep or thin the Mets minor league affiliates are with their talent levels.
On the flip side, this Spring will primarily play a vital role in shoring up their bullpen.
Pay close attention to how this list of relievers perform; especially after a money wrench was thrown into the team’s would-be bullpen plans for this season with a major injury to arguably their most reliable arm.