Well here it is, the Mets released a spring training roster.
As always this is subject to change but addresses a few mysteries and might be useful if you happen to be on your way to Florida next week (not me– hiding in the basement still).
I missed the obvious that Jonathan Villar might take over No. 1, and can report out friend Gene was right when he pegged Albert Almora taking over No. 4. Not weird that David Peterson abandons 77 but kinda weird he settles on Brian Schneider’s number 23 as both a player a coach: Watch for a potential switch there. NRI Jerry Blevins gets 26 which would be his third number with the Mets after previous appearances in 13 and 39. As noted Robert Gsellman gets a new number — 44 — while moving for Trevor May, and maybe new opportunity as word comes down that the borrowed time on Seth Lugo’s elbow has expired.
We’re also surprised to see Jordan Yamamoto assigned 45 and not 50, Miguel Castro or no. Sam Williams inheriting Yoenis Cespedes’ 52; Aaron Loup in Matz’ old shirt. Tip of the cap to Marcel Renteria, possessor of the highest number in camp at 97.
NRIs in italics:
|0||Marcus Stroman, P|
|1||Jonathan Villar, INF||was Amed Rosario|
|2||Dom Smith, IB-OF|
|3||Tomas Nido, C|
|4||Albert Almora Jr., OF|
|5||vacant||Unassigned (David Wright)|
|6||Jeff McNeil, INF-OF|
|8||Vacant||Unassigned (Gary Carter)|
|9||Brandon Nimmo, OF|
|10||Gary DiSarcina, CH||3rd base coach|
|11||Brandon Drury, INF-OF||was Tony DeFranceco|
|12||Francisco Lindor, SS|
|13||Luis Guillorme, INF|
|16||Jose Martinez, INF-OF|
|17||Vacant||unassigned (Keith Hernandez)|
|18||Jose Peraza, INF|
|19||Luis Rojas, MGR|
|20||Pete Alonso, 1B|
|21||Mallex Smith, OF|
|22||Brian Schneider, CH||moved from 23; was Rick Porcello|
|23||David Peterson, P||moved from 77; was Brian Schneider|
|24||Vacant||was Robinson Cano (suspended)|
|25||Ricky Bones, CH||bullpen coach|
|26||Jerry Blevins, P|
|27||Jeurys Familia, P|
|28||JD Davis, INF-OF|
|29||vacant||was Brad Brach|
|30||Michael Conforto, OF|
|32||Aaron Loup, P||was Steven Matz|
|33||James McCann, C|
|34||Noah Syndergaard, P|
|35||Trevor Hildenberger, P|
|38||Arodys Vizcaino, P||was Justin Wilson|
|39||Edwin Diaz, P|
|40||Jacob Barmes, P||was Wilson Ramos|
|43||Jerad Eichoff, P|
|44||Robert Gsellman, P||moved from 65; was Rene Rivera|
|45||Jordan Yamamoto, P||was Michael Wacha|
|46||Stephen Tarpley, P|
|47||Joey Luchessi, P||was Chesen Shreeve|
|48||Jacob deGrom, P|
|49||Jeremy Accardo, CH||assistant pitching coach|
|50||Miguel Castro, P|
|51||Tony Tarasco, CH||first base coach, was Paul Sewald|
|52||Sam McWilliams, P||was Yoenis Cespedes|
|53||Jeremy Hefner, CH||pitching coach|
|54||Chili Davis, CH||hitting coach|
|55||vacant||was Corey Oswalt|
|56||Tom Slater, CH||Assistant hitting coach|
|57||Dave Racianello, CH||Bullpen catcher|
|58||Dave Jauss, CH||Bench coach|
|59||Carlos Carrasco, P|
|60||Bruce Maxwell, C||was Andres Gimenez|
|61||Sean Reid-Foley, P|
|62||Drew Smith, P|
|63||Thomas Szapucki, P|
|64||Yennsy Diaz, P|
|65||Trevor May, P||was Robert Gsellman|
|66||Franklyn Kilome, P|
|67||Seth Lugo, P|
|68||Dellin Betances, P|
|70||vacant||was Ali Sanchez|
|71||Oscar De La Cruz, P|
|72||Wilfredo Tovar, INF|
|73||Daniel Zamora, P|
|74||David Rodriguez, C|
|75||Harol Gonzalez, P|
|76||Patrick Mazeika, C|
|77||Khalil Lee, OF||was David Peterson|
|78||Eric Langill, CH||Bullpen catcher|
|79||Ricky Meinhold, CH||assistant pitching coach|
|80||Rafael Fernandez, CH||BP pitcher|
|81||Johneshwy Fargas, OF|
|82||Jared Robinson, P|
|83||Tom Windle, P|
|85||Tim Tebow, OF|
|86||Jake Hager, INF|
|87||Mark Vientos, INF|
|88||Ryley Gilliam, P|
|89||Drew Furgeson, OF|
|90||Nick Meyer, C|
|91||Pete Crow-Armstrong, OF|
|92||Tylor Megill, P|
|93||Matt Allen, P|
|94||Ronny Mauricio, INF|
|95||Francisco Alvarez, C|
|96||Brett Baty, INF|
|97||Marcel Renteria, P|
68 players in camp! That’s a lot. Add in 14 uniformed non-players, 6 formally retired numbers, and 4 informally retired numbers – and you get a total of 92. So there are only EIGHT available numbers! They are: 7,29,55,69,70,84,98,99.
At this rate, soon they’ll be assigning duplicate numbers as in college football.
I would add that it is entirely appropriate that Brian Schneider should give up his number to David Peterson. A good coach is a servant-leader who subordinates himself to his players. The manager,on the other hand, should never give up his number to anybody.
Thanks for doing that math! And I agree with your take but Schneider was always about Schneider. Took 23 to the team, did a buttload of commercials, etc, just a little surprised he’d surrender unless there’s something to Peterson and 23. Will investigate!
Hmmm. Peterson wore 3 at Oregon…
Blevins defers to current occupants, yet keeps multiple of 13. Respect.
Tommy Hunter signs with Mets and was probably certain that his #96 would be available. Sorry man.
Some additional Clip and Save notes for your consideration:
4 – Was Jed Lowrie
7 – Was Marcus Stroman
12 – Was Eduardo Nunez
16 – Was Jake Marisnick
18 – Was Ryan Cordell
21 – Was Todd Frazier*
26 – Was Robinson Chirinos
35 – Was Jared Hughes
43 – Was Erasmo Ramirez
49 – Was Ariel Jurado
58 – Was Hensley Meulens
59 – Was Jeremy Accardo
61 – Was Walker Lockett
71 – Was Hunter Strickland
* The numerical roster lists Frazier last seen wearing #33. However, I am pretty sure he switched back to 21 after Billy Hamilton got 86’d.
If that happened I missed it. Then again I never much liked watching Todd Frazier.
New guy Kevin Pillar has worn 1, 5, 11 and 22 in his career, all of which are assigned or waiting for retirement. I was thinking 90 would be a good number for him, for if you’ve seen a picture of young Kevin his face consists of four right angles.
I think they just need to give Pillar #7, and not a ridiculously high number. Enough with resting it for Reyes because Stroman switched from it to #0 and said it was in someway honoring Reyes by NOT wearing it. Makes no sense. Seems like someone would WANT to wear it to honor him.
Oswalt has cleared waivers and was outrighted to Syracuse with a camp invite. Figure he reclaims his #55.
Brach has been released, I’m guessing Montgomery gets his #29.
Hunter probably gets #96 (his last number with the Phillies, for some reason), bumping Baty to 98 or whatever.
Pillar gets #7 because there isn’t anything else left. I don’t think Reyes deserves to have his number semi-retired.
So, if all that happens, then we are down to just FOUR available camp numbers: 69, 70, 84, and 99. Plus whatever number is freed up by whomever is DFA’d to make room for Pillar.
They have two assistant pitching coaches?
They must have made that decision before they traded Matz
Tommy Hunter gets 29, Mike Montgomery gets 70. Pillar will be interesting. Could Heredia get DFA’d & Pillar get 15? Just a thought.
As of today, the 60 Day IL is activated. Mets could create a spot for Pillar by moving Syndergaard to the 60 day. That would make him unavailable until the end of May, but I think that’s a given.
#99 for Walker?
#99 for Walker?
Makes sense, if they can get the toothpaste and black licorice stains off of it.
Walker has tweeted about asking for 100. Assume that would be an MLB first. There’s no rule against it.
Gene–I love the Turk references! How about this–Pillar seems to like #11, which is currently assigned to Drury, who has never worn it before. Pillar asks for #11, and Drury ends up in #7. My best guess!
I like it.