Yesterday manager Terry Collins put together lineups for an intrasquad game that featured some of the promising young prospects in the Mets farm system. It was interesting and exciting to see all of the young players in camp playing against one another as they look to showcase their talent before being sent back to minors camp.
Some of the notable players that played in the game were Wilmer Flores, Cesar Puello, Matt Den Dekker, Juan Lagares and Kirk Nieuwenhuis. The majority of the guys I just listed will not be making an appearance with the big club this season, but it is still fun and exciting to see them all on the same field.
GM Sandy Alderson and his entourage of high level executives including Paul Depodesta and J. P. Riccardi sat behind home plate and evaluated the players throughout the game.
According to Collins both Harvey and Familia will get to pitch a lot this spring as the Mets look to give them valuable experience to take back to the minors with them. As a guest on WFAN with Mike Francesa the other day, Collins said that it is important for the young pitchers to see how they fare against major league hitters so they know what things they need to work in the minors.
The majority of players we will see this spring will be spending 2012 in the minor leagues, but a few of them may force their way onto the big club. I see a guy like Kirk Nieuwenhuis as a guy who can make some noise in 2012.
Andres Torres is no guarantee to remain a starter all season, especially if he hits like he did in 2011. Nieuwenhuis may have an opportunity to steal the starting job or come up and play as a 4th outfielder. Right now Collins believes that he still needs some time in the minors because he missed valuable at-bats last season due to injury, but that doesn’t mean he will be there all season.
Harvey and Familia will start the season in the minor leagues, and the plan is for them to pitch there most, if not all of the 2012 season. However that could change very quickly if they pitch the way they did last season.
I am very intrigued to see how these young pitchers and position players look in live spring training games. Harvey takes the hill first starting Monday on SNY.
Let the Games begin!