Stock: Ryota Igarashi, Fernando Martinez, Ruben Tejada, Justin Turner, Jenrry Mejia, Matt Harvey, Carlos Beltran, Bay, Jason Isringhausen

 

Up – RP Ryota Igarashi – very impressive Monday… this was Igar’s back-to-back performance which ended with striking out the side. Last pitch was a 93 mph fastball. There’s a tremendous amount of competition for the pen jobs this spring. So far, so good.

 

Up – OF Fernando Martinez – Martinez has come out swinging in spring training this year, batting .600 through March 3rd. It will be interesting to see if he keeps this up heading to April 1st. There really isn’t any place in the Mets lineup for him right now (Bay, Pagan, Beltran), and I can’t see him sitting in the dugout either. He probably will still wind up starting the year in Buffalo and the Mets will keep their medical fingers crossed that they have finally found Beltran’s replacement in 2012.

I watched F-Mart take a 1-2 count pitch in the second inning of Monday’s game against Detroit.. it was a long slow curve that wound up in the dirt, but it was the kind of pitch a minor league usually swings at… and misses. This is just the kind of pitch that looks like a strike for almost the entire distance to the plate, but then it just dives into the dust. He didn’t swing and got the second ball. Sure, he wound up grounding out to second, but that was a major league moment for Fernando. Plate patience takes time and it looks like he is developing into a major league hitter.

Also… the shutting down of Carlos Beltran for five days will only give the Mets more chance to evaluate F-Mart’s possible contribution in Queens this year.

 

Up – SS/2B Ruben Tejada – no one expects Tejada to make the 25-man, but you have to agree that he has impressed so far this spring… with the bat. Through March 3rd, he’s hitting .556. I still think this is the 2012 Mets shortstop, so let the kid keep working on his hitting in Buffalo

 

Down – IF Justin Turner – they say that batting average and earned run average don’t mean anything in spring training (Pat Misch proved this last year when he went 0.00 and was sent to Buffalo), but when you are a long shot at winning a 25-man slot, it wouldn’t kill ya to get a hit or two.

 

Up: SP Jenrry Mejia – Through March 3rd, Mejia has had two successful outings and is holding down a 0.00 ERA. Like Ruben Tejada, no one expects Mejia to make the Queens squad on April 1st, but it’s nice to see the kids putting pressure on the rest of the team.

 

Down: RP Jason Isringhausen – telling the media that you will retire unless you make the 25-man not only doesn’t help your chances, but could be the tie-breaker to release a 35-year old. I’m not a big fan of 35+ players filling in a roster, especially on a team building for the future. Give the slot to a 23-year old and thank Jason for stopping by.

 

Up: SP Matt Harvey – Harvey finally pitched for the Mets, on Saturday, against the Italian team that is being coached by Mike Piazza. Word from the camp was he sat in the 92-93 range and pitched a scoreless inning. Welcome to the team, Matt.

 

Up: RF Carlos Beltran – boy, he looked good on Sunday… I wasn’t the only person surprised that he slid home. So was he. This team stands no chance of making a playoff run without this guy and, whether you want him traded in June or not, he’s been a productive Met since the day he arrived.

 

Up: LF Jason Bay – I don’t know if you have noticed, but Bay is having quite the spring. Another of the Lost Mets of last year, things would sure be easier if this guy produced the kind of numbers he has done in the past.

 

Up: RP Jason Isringhausen – Monday was a real big day fir Izzy. He finally threw his famous changeup and it was as nasty as I remembered it. He’s scheduled to pitch back-to-back on Tuesday and it will interesting to see how that works out. Fast ball sat at 90… curve dived to the ground and struck out last batter faced… hmm…

Stock: – Terry Collins, Jordany Valdespin, Jenrry Mejia, Ruben Tejada, Scott Hairston, Castillo, Beato, Oliver Perez, Carlos Beltran

Up: – Mets Manager Terry Collins – word from the camp is that the players are really signing off on TC. This is a big change from the quiet calm of Willie Randolph, followed by the “let’s keep our distance” Jerry Manual. Collins has that fiery infectious Napoleonic personality that seems to be part of every man who stands waste high to the Chris Young’s of the world. Lots of positive energy so far, which also means guys like this can turn things loud an ugly real quick. I love it.
 

Up: – 2B/SS Jordany Valdespin – word from camp is that Valdespin turned heads during his infield workout along with other Mets vying for a Queens job. He simply was faster than the rest of the guys, both in getting to the ball and also getting back into position for the next ground. He has been known to get lazy on routine balls, but not so far this spring.
 

Up: – SP Jenrry Mejia – I talked with one of the beat guys down in Port St. Lucie and he told me that there are a lot of pitchers that look good right now, but everyone is talking about Mejia. Other Met ballplayers were literally stopping what they were doing and walking over to watch Mejia throw on the back field mounds. My contact said he was easily sitting at 94-95.
 

Up: – SS/2B Ruben Tejada – you always have to appreciate a ballplayer that takes the off-season serious, and Ruben has. No one has ever questioned his defensive skills, but his first shot at playing in Queens caused comparisons to Anderson Hernandez. So, Tejada went home and concentrated on bulking up and perfecting his swing. Word is he will never win the home run crown; however, everyone is impressed with his new dedication to improve his offensive statistics.


Up: OF Scott Hairston – Hairston is one of many that is trying to win a utility slot on the 25-man, which means you have to do two things well… not make errors and hot it over the wall. Well, you can’t have a better start that last Friday’s intra-squad game where Hairston hit two home runs. I’d say he’s leading after one.


Up: 2B Luis Castillo – Mets fans down in Port St. Lucie were taken to second base school by Luis Castillo on Saturday. He was the first to get a hit and later turned a double play that would never have happened if Daniel Murphy was playing there. It’s going to be interesting to see what the Mets do about this.


Up: RP Pedro Beato – It wasn’t that Beato did anything special in his first Met outing on Saturday, but the word around camp is everyone is thrilled with what he has brought to the team. It looks like the original Mets draft pick is going to make it to Queens after all. Good for him!


Down: P Oliver Perez – I can’t believe I’m still writing about this guy as a current Met. This is so embarrassing. The funny part is his ST ERA (18.00) is exactly what I said it would be on the day he is finally cut. Come on, Sandy… get it done.


Up: RF Carlos Beltran – with Beltran’s decision, the Mets just acquired one of the top right fielders in baseball. This is a good move for everybody. Centerfield can be left to a healthy Angel Pagan and Carlos can concentrate on healing and hitting. Good move