5 Mets non-roster invitees who need every inning possible in spring training

Spring training is a time to figure out what these non-roster invitees can offer the Mets.

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2) Taylor Kohlwey

This could turn out to be one of the better minor league pickups by David Stearns this offseason. Taylor Kohlwey, a 29-year-old left-handed outfielder, has a pair of minor league options remaining. Since starting his professional career back in 2016, he has played in only 5 MLB games. They came last year and he singled twice in 13 at-bats for the San Diego Padres.

Despite the lack of MLB playing time, it’s his success in the minor leagues which should have us wondering if he can indeed contribute to the Mets as a fifth outfielder. His last four minor league seasons have all included a batting average ranging from .276-.311. He has reached double digit home runs in each of the last two seasons and finished with 70+ RBI.

Kohlwey’s most stand out numbers might come from his OBP. He walks a lot. He hasn’t had an OBP below .383 over the last four seasons and finished with his second-best in Triple-A last year at .390.

Kohlwey isn’t coming for anyone’s job permanently, but for a team that has lacked outfield depth in recent years and has three starters with some injury concerns, it’s a nice addition to have. The fact that he has minor league options could help even push him past veteran Trayce Thompson on the depth chart. We should see a lot of Kohlwey this spring.