It’s amazing when you think about it, actually, how the Mets have experienced so much success over the first few weeks of the 2015 MLB season despite playing with a depleted group of hitters, starters and relievers.
The Mets have had a revolving door of injuries — starting with Zack Wheeler’s season-ending UCL tear, continuing with the news of David Wright’s indefinite hamstring and back injuries, culminating with unexpected injuries to Jerry Blevins, Travis d’Arnaud, Daniel Murphy, Juan Lagares and Jenrry Mejia — which hasn’t seemed to affect the team’s recent success as much as would have been expected.
But what’s striking about the whole epidemic is how the Mets have responded to being short four Major League bats, over five relievers and an All-Star caliber starter.
Well, Mets fans, we finally have good news.
The thought that the Mets could be good down all these guys makes you wonder how much better the team could be when they return. Not to speculate, but Dilson Herrera, Travis d’Arnaud and Bobby Parnell are supposed to be activated from the disabled list Wednesday.
If the Mets were good before — featuring a catcher batting .200, a 5-ERA pitcher, a minor leaguer playing second base — think about how good they could be now.
The thought is scary.
But with the thought comes the hard choices Sandy Alderson will be forced to make with his roster: who to keep and who to demote to triple-A? Retain a top prospect or a .156 hitting backup catcher? Keep Leathersich in the big league’s or let Met fans get to know Erik Goeddel better?
With the return of flamethrowing right handed reliever Bobby Parnell, Goeddel, Leatherstich and Hansel Robles seem most vulnerable to a minor league demotion. Robles appears to be the weakest link in a comparatively strong bullpen. While he has lowered his ERA to 4.97, the right-handed specialist hasn’t been able to maximize on his potential.
Comparatively speaking, Leathersich and Goeddel should both have spots in this Mets bullpen. However, both have relatively high WHIP’s in few innings pitched, meaning that it’s likely just a matter of time before they both implode.
Kevin Plawecki started his stint in the majors playing like he’d been here before, but soon cooled down to earth before totally surpassing the line of pathetic play. It would make sense for the Mets to send the rookie back down to triple-A where he can hone his skills daily — rather than being a backup to d’Arnaud when he returns.
It seems like New York is content with playing Dilson Herrera daily at second base — meaning that Ruben Tejada will likely replace Wright at third on a short-term basis.
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Alderson’s scouting department drafted OF/1B Desmond Lindsay on Monday night. The 6-0, 200 pound Out-of-Door Academy prospect has a high ceiling, one which entails a three-tool player who can run, hit for power and field.
Here’s a scouting report, via Prep Baseball Report:
With a strong, athletic, frame, Lindsay is a prospect with a high ceiling. A 6.8 runner, Lindsay barrels up balls with gap-to-gap power while staying inside the ball. Defensively, Lindsay makes athletic plays and shows great defensive actions and displays tools to play multiple positions on the field.