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Tuesday, February 13, 2018

2018 FANTASY BASEBALL SPRING TRAINING REPORT: NEW YORK METS

By Michael Wong

Port St. Luice, Fla.--My annual tour of all 30 MLB spring training camps kicks off today at Port St. Luice, Florida which is the longtime Grapefruit League home of the New York Mets.  Like with every team I will profile this spring, there are more than a few storylines worth discussing in terms of their relationship to fantasy baseball and so let's not waste any more time in getting right to it.

1.  There will be a closer carousel all season by the sounds of it!  Yes, spring training has only just begun and already we have a full-blown closer committee in our midst with the New York Mets.  New Mets manager Mickey Callaway soon after his hiring came out and said as much in plainly spoken terms; including not only incumbent stopper Jeurys Familia as an option but also A.J. Ramos, Anthony Swarzak, and Jerry Blevins.  While Familia would be the one you would place your best on with regards to whom may lead the Mets in saves this season, this setup already looks to be one full of annoyance and frustration.

2.  Noah Syndergaard scrapped his "Thor" weightlifting program this past winter!  Anyone who saw Syndergaard here last spring (which I did) was no doubt disturbed by how muscular and immense he looked from a physical standpoint.  Already possessing the best pure fastball in the majors, Syndergaard seemed to push the button unnecessarily last winter with the weightlifting program.  Those fears were well-founded as Syndergaard suffered a torn lat muscle after just a month's action and missed the remainder of the season (save for a September one-inning cameo).  No doubt, Syndergaard was as big a fantasy baseball bust as you could get last spring and it underscored the risk of drafting pitchers so high.  Now 100 percent health-wise going into camp, Syndergaard still carries a ton of risk given how hard he throws and how he would be the guy to bet on if you were to predict the next Tommy John victim.  Yes the talent is breathtaking but tread carefully here.

3.  Travis D'Arnaud hinting that THIS could finally be the year he becomes a top hitting catcher!  Yet another spring tradition in these parts centers on how talk begins about how Mets catcher Travis D'Arnaud is really to realize what was once vast potential.  Having been traded twice for Cy Young-winning pitchers, D'Arnaud was considered to be a crown jewel prospect who can really hit for power.  Unfortunately, the only thing consistent with D'Arnaud has been his .240 averages and insane injury history.  Last year was no different as D'Arnaud had yet another DL stint and batted just .244.  However, D'Arnaud overhauled his spring during the second half of the season and September was his best month as he hit .297 with 6 big homers for the month.  If D'Arnaud can carry that over to 2018. we could have something here.  Try him out one more time.

4.  How good can Amed Rosario be?  Boy the Mets have a superb prospect on their hands in shortstop Amed Rosario who reeks of five-tool ability.  Alas, some cold water needs to be thrown on him initially as the Mets will bat him in the dreaded eighth slot to begin the year and Rosario really struggled with his patience during his late 2017 rookie debut.  Be that as it may, Rosario looks like the next Elvis Andrus in terms of his 30-steal speed and ability to eventually hit for some decent enough power.  Whether Rosario can hit .300 will be the determining factor regarding how high his stock can go.

5.  Yoenis Cespedes is the hitting version of the ill health the pitching staff suffered from a year ago!  In terms of talent, Mets outfielder Yoenis Cespedes is as good a player as there is in the game.  His power is immense and Cespedes' batting average has improved since coming to New York.  Unfortunately, Cespedes caught the injury bug which took down almost the entire starting staff a year ago as he accumulated just 291 at-bats and supplied all of 17 home runs and 42 RBI.  Cespedes himself has vowed to cut down on his own insane gym workouts and he looked svelte during the offseason.  Still just 32, Cespedes could easily go right back to being the OF 1 monster he always has been with even just 500 at-bats and so a mulligan should be given for 2017.


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