4) NY Mets roster question: Which prospects are on the MLB roster?
The Mets are probably going to subtract Mark Canha and Tommy Pham from the roster. The rest of the position players are likely to stay except for maybe our good friend, Daniel Vogelbach. There aren’t a whole lot of new spots opening up, but at-bats and innings to pitch will be more available.
Left field is the spot where we don’t need to see DJ Stewart anymore. It’s a spot where we could see Ronny Mauricio. Even Mark Vientos should get some repetitions there to open up the possibility of making him more useful.
There aren’t any obvious position players other than Mauricio who still need to make their MLB debut. A few pitchers, on the other hand, could be promotion candidates.
Mike Vasil is the pitching prospect closest to the majors. The 23-year-old righty has struggled in his 6 Triple-A starts, going 1-1 with a 6.94 ERA in 23.1 innings of work. He was much better in Double-A, going 1-2 with a 3.71 ERA spanning 10 starts.
The question: Which, if any, Mets prospects will be regulars for the remainder of the 2023 season?
The answer: Ronny Mauricio needs to play somewhere. Get some of those rookie jitters out of the way. Play him in left field. Start him at second base. Give him shortstop appearances and DH Francisco Lindor at times. Hold off on the pitchers. They’re not going to be ready for Opening Day 2024 anyway. Delay their free agency.