3) Taylor Kohlwey
A little different of a prospect, Taylor Kohlwey was a free agent signing by the Mets from the San Diego Padres. Only 5 games of major league action on his resume, he’s someone we should absolutely expect to shine this spring. It would be less surprising and more under-the-radar.
Kohlwey hit .276/.390/.437 in Triple-A last year with 12 home runs and 15 stolen bases. In 2022, where he also was in Triple-A, he had a .297/.389/.443 slash line to go with 11 home runs and 9 stolen bases.
Kohlwey is a left-handed hitting outfielder who turns 30 this July. Consistent and productive numbers throughout his minor league career should have us expecting some sort of sunny performance out of him during spring training. He’s unlikely to make the Opening Day roster, however, with minor league options available he should be someone the team promotes if needed.
A spring training game with an outfield of Kohlwey in left field, Jett Williams in center field, and Drew Gilbert in right field is something to expect in a split squat game. Kohlwey may be the least thrilling of the three, but outshining those bigger prospects wouldn’t be a complete surprise.
It’s spring training after all. Funkier things have happened.