3) The NY Mets have a curiosity about Lorenzo Cedrola
Lorenzo Cedrola has been another regular for the Mets this spring. In the absence of Starling Marte at the start and Brandon Nimmo’s delayed debut, the team has turned to this 25-year-old for help.
Cedrola hasn’t been amazing. He looks more like a fifth outfielder to carry later on in the year. Before the Mets are finally ready to promote Tim Locastro for good, it’s Cedrola who could play the role of speedster off the bench.
Cedrola has been a pretty good hitter in the minors. Through 2707 plate appearances, he’s slashing .291/.341/.392. Listed at 5’8 and 152 pounds, he’s a slight-framed outfielder I could envision the Mets having plans to make their outfield version of Luis Guillorme.
Although his overall minor league numbers are strong, Cedrola has seen the offense drop at the Triple-A level. His ability to play center field will continue to make him an asset for the Mets. There is no rush to get him to the major leagues. What we’ve seen from him this spring pretty much confirms his place within the organization.
We’ll need to see some better numbers out of Cedrola for him to become a real option for the major league roster this year. Between Locastro, Abraham Almonte, and the more offensively proven DJ Stewart, curiosity might not be enough for Cedrola to wear a New York Mets uniform after March.