WEST PALM BEACH — Amed Rosario knows what it’s going to take. The Mets’ top prospect was sent out of major league camp Tuesday, back to the minor-league side of the complex to get ready for his season, which will begin in Triple-A.
But now, the Mets’ shortstop of the future has a good idea of what it is going to take to get to the major leagues and stay there.
“I think I just know I have to get out of here,” Rosario said of the minor-league side, where he will play every day. “I have to keep working equally on everything.”
The Mets have sent their top prospects back to minor-league camp this week in part to let them start playing more and get ready for their season. They also have to have them optioned or reassigned this week or risk having them go on the major-league disabled list if they get hurt in major-league camp. So Dominic Smith was optioned with a group of prospects last week.
Tuesday, Rosario and outfielder Wuilmer Becerra, who was part of the R.A. Dickey trade that brought Noah Syndergaard and Travis d’Arnaud to the Mets, were among the players sent out.
For Rosario, at least, it’s just a matter of time before he is in a major-league clubhouse. In fact, Terry Collins said he wouldn’t be surprised if it is this season.
“I don’t think there is any question,” the Mets manager said. “He’s got to shrink the strike zone a little bit. … I think he kind of got caught being in big-league camp and showing everybody what he can do, but I tell you what, he is going to be a good player.”
Jacob deGrom allowed one run, on a home run to Brian McCann, on three hits, struck out six and walked one in four innings. He threw 66 pitches in the Mets’ 2-1 victory over the Astros at the Ballpark of the Palm Beaches.
A talent evaluator at the game said deGrom’s velocity was a striking difference from 2016. He clocked deGrom’s fastball touching 97 and sitting at 96, which it has been consistently in his three spring starts after September surgery to move the ulnar nerve in his right elbow. The scout said he looked like the deGrom of 2015.
DeGrom said that was the goal. “Looking at the video from ’15, I felt like almost every day I went out there, I felt good and watched how smooth I was compared to what last year looked like,” deGrom said. “That was my main thing in the throwing program this offseason was to get back to that.”
Yoenis Cespedes crushed his fifth home run of the spring, a two-run, two-out shot that he muscled into the wind and dropped into the Astros bullpen in left field. It was an impressive blast, but Collins was more impressed with the slugging outfielder being in the lineup.
“When I first saw this guy, after we got down to Florida, I saw he’s driven. He’s showing it right now,” Collins said. “He’s asking to play, he’s not asking to DH, wants to play again tomorrow in the outfield. I am telling ya, he is bound and determined to have a big year.”
Cespedes took two days off and then asked to play Tuesday and today, even though they are both road games.
The Mets are expecting to get players back from the World Baseball Classic this week. Fernando Salas and Xorge Carrillo are expected back after Mexico was eliminated, along with Gavin Cecchini, who played for Italy before it was eliminated by Venezuela.
Ty Kelly is still playing with Team Israel and Seth Lugo, Rene Rivera and T.J. Rivera moved on to the second round with Puerto Rico. Jose Reyes, Hansel Robles and Jeurys Familia are playing on with the Dominican Republic.
Published at Wed, 15 Mar 2017 04:32:19 +0000