Rock & Roll Over

Only a short week or two before ballplayers begin trickling into Port St. Lucie to begin another season and respective number assignments reveal themselves. It seems as though there’s been considerable turnover from 2013, which not only featured a lot of different players (53 in all), but an unusually large number of oddball high assignments. That’s in part because there were numbers occupied all year by guys who didn’t play much due to injury (Tim Byrdak, Pedro Feliciano); and others by guys who couldn’t establish themselves (Colin Cowgill, Kirk Nieuwenhuis); and that set the team wheeling and dealing, often for scrubs who themselves were short-lived (Rick Ankeil, Aaron Laffey, Aaron Harang, etc.). There’s also the fact the manager and most of the coaches have been occupying traditional “player” numbers (7, 10, 18, 25, 26).

In all, 28 players made their debut with the 2013 Mets. A conservative estimation reveals at last 21 2013 Mets won’t be back, freeing up some prime numerical real estate. Currently there are 7 players on the 40-man awaiting assignment (Bartolo Colon, Jacob deGrom, Erik Goeddel, Steven Matz, Ryan Reid, Jeff Walters, Chris Young), as are at least 20 non-roster invitees. A quick look:

No. 2013 occupant(s) 2014 assignment
1 Jordany Valdespin Vacant
2 Justin Turner Vacant
3 Omar Quintanilla Curtis Granderson
4 Collin Cowgill, Wilmer Flores Flores
5 David Wright Wright
6 Marlon Byrd, Matt den Dekker den Dekker
7 Bob Geren Geren
8 Vacant Vacant
9 Kirk Nieuwenhuis Nieuwenhuis
10 Terry Collins Collins
11 Ruben Tejada Tejada
12 Juan Lagares Lagares
13 Josh Satin Satin
14 Retired Retired
15 Travis d’Arnaud d’Arnaud
16 Rick Ankeil, Daisuke Matsuzaka Matsuzaka?
17 Vacant Vacant
18 Tim Teufel Teufel
19 Zach Lutz Lutz
20 Anthony Recker Recker
21 Lucas Duda Duda
22 Eric Young Young
23 Mike Baxter Vacant
24 Vacant Vacant
25 Ricky Bones Bones
26 Tom Goodwin Goodwin
27 Jeurys Familia Familia
28 Daniel Murphy Murphy
29 Ike Davis Davis?
30 David Aardsma Vacant
31 Vacant Vacant
32 LaTroy Hawkins Vacant
33 Matt Harvey Harvey
34 Brandon Lyon Vacant
35 Dillon Gee Gee
36 Collin McHugh, Juan Centano Centano
37 Retired Retired
38 Shawn Marcum, Vic Black Black
39 Bobby Parnell Parnell
40 Tim Byrdak Vacant
41 Retired Retired
42 Retired Retired
43 Sean Henn Vacant
44 John Buck, Aaron Harang Vacant
45 Zack Wheeler Wheeler
46 Greg Burke Vacant
47 Aaron Laffey, Andrew Brown Brown
48 Frank Francisco Vacant
49 Jon Niese Niese
50 Scott Atchison Vacant
51 Dave Hudgens Hudgens
52 Carlos Torres Torres
53 Jeremy Hefner Hefner?
54 Vacant Vacant
55 Pedro Feliciano Vacant
56 Scott Rice Rice
57 Johan Santana Vacant
58 Jennry Mejia Mejia
59 Dan Warthen Warthen
60 Vacant Vacant
61 Vacantr Vacant
62 Vacant Vacant
63 Vacant Vacant
64 Vacant Vacant
65 Vacant Vacant
66 Josh Edgin Edgin
67 Vacant Vacant
68 Vacant Vacant
69 Vacant Vacant
70 Wilfredo Tovar Tovar
71 Gonzalez Germen Germen
72 Vacant Vacant
73 Robert Carson Vacant
74-99 Vacant Vacant
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5 comments

  1. jetropolitans says:

    My Spring predictions

    1-Q
    2-Teagarden
    7-Drew ;)
    16-Daisuke
    23-deGrom
    25-Young
    26-Lannan
    30-Allen
    32-Mejia
    34-Carreno
    40-Colon
    43-Reid
    44-Mazzoni
    46-Walters
    48-Goedell
    50-Leathersitch
    53-Hefner
    58-Socolovitch
    60-99-Montero, Syndergaurd, Matz, Verrett, Church, Koralek, Puello, Campbell, Seratelli, Vaughn, Muno, Plaweki

    • jetropolitans says:

      Update:

      My Spring predictions

      1-Q
      2-Teagarden
      7-Drew ;)
      16-Daisuke
      23-deGrom
      25-Young
      26-Lannan
      30-Allen
      32-Mejia
      34-Carreno
      40-Colon
      43-Reid
      44-Mazzoni
      46-Walters
      48-Farnsworth
      50-Goedell
      53-Hefner
      55-Leathersitch
      58-Socolovitch
      60-99-Montero, Syndergaurd, Matz, Verrett, Church, Koralek, Puello, Campbell, Seratelli, Vaughn, Muno, Plaweki, M.Clark, J.Perez(NRI?)

  2. Howie R says:

    Good predictions however I think Young will get 23, Bones will keep 25. deGrom will get a 60′s # and yes, Meija will get his 32 back after wearing 58. Colon should get 40 as it is open. We’ll see if Geren gives up 7 if we sign Drew…..

    • jetropolitans says:

      Yes I think any of deGrom, Mazzoni, Walters, Goedell, and Leathersitch could certainly wind up with the prospect numbers(60s-90s) but I also think they are the potential relievers that are closest to being called up and in deGrom’s case he is on the fast track and is #8 on the SP depth chart behind Lannan and Daisuke so I could see him being rewarded a low number.

      I don’t think coaches get to “keep” numbers over major league players so I don’t think a player has to worry about a coach “giving up” their desired numbers. 25 and 7 are certainly up for grabs for a Major League signing like CY or Drew.

      Seratelli may be the only other guy with potential for a lower number but with the signing of Q he gets pushed down the depth chart so I doubt it.

      Just guesses! We should find out soon anyway! I always love when they are released!

  3. jetropolitans says:

    Thor via Twitter wants #34! :)

    I think that helps my predictions! Give a guy unlikely to make the team like Carreno #34 in the spring. Thor gets a big number in the spring and in July #34 is waiting for him! :)

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