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STEP Camp, which is a slightly extended Spring Training for the Mets top prospects not in Major League camp, began Saturday.

Here's the full STEP Camp roster.

Pitchers[sny-table rowheader=true columnheader=true]

Throws ;Name;Final 2013 Level

LHP ;Dario Alvarez;NYP

RHP ;Tyler Bashlor;APP

RHP;Matt Bowman;FSL

RHP;Luis Cessa;SAL

RHP;Miller Diaz;NYP

RHP;Chris Flexen;APP

RHP;Michael Fulmer;FSL

RHP;John Gant ;NYP

LHP;Darin Gorski;EL

RHP;Robert Gsellman;NYP

RHP;Ricky Knapp;NYP

RHP;Matt Koch;SAL

RHP;Jake Kuebler;SAL

RHP;Rainy Lara ;FSL

RHP;Seth Lugo;SAL

RHP;Kevin McGowan;NYP

LHP;Alex Panteliodis;FSL

RHP;Tim Peterson;SAL

RHP;Tyler Pill;EL

RHP;Hansel Robles;FSL

RHP;Paul Sewald;SAL

RHP;Domingo Tapia;FSL

RHP;Rob Whalen;APP

RHP;Gabriel Ynoa;SAL


All of the full-season starters for Mets affiliates in the last two years either attended MLB camp or STEP Camp.  This list allows us to construct, with a reasonable degree of accuracy, the bulk of the full-season rotations. The AAA Las Vegas rotation will mostly be filled with players in big league camp (like Noah Syndergaard, Rafael Montero, John Lannan, Daisuke Matsuzaka, Jacob deGrom, and Cory Mazzoni).

Rotation Candidates


1. Bowman, 2. Lara, 3. Panteliodis, 4. Pill, 5. Robles, 6. Tapia, 7. Gorski (AAA depending on injuries)

A+ - FSL

Matz (MLB)

1. Fulmer, 2. Ynoa, 3. Cessa, 4. Koch, 5. Kuebler, 6. Lugo

BP: Peterson, Sewald


1. Alvarez, 2. Bashlor, 3. Diaz, 4. Flexen, 5. Gant, 6. Gsellman 7. Knapp, 8. McGowan, 9. Whalen

That looks like a pretty good scramble for the Savannah rotation spots, but it's not. The Mets have used a six-man rotation in Savannah in the Alderson/DePodesta years and I expect them to in 2014. They've also piggybacked at least a few of the rotation spots early in the year to 1. manage workloads, 2. give more guys a chance to throw more. Barring injury, all nine guys listed above will throw plenty of innings for Savannah in 2014. Add Ricky Jacquez, Akeel Morris and Johnny Magliozzi and that's probably pretty close to the Opening Day staff.

It's also worth pointing out that none of the 2013 high school draftees were invited to STEP camp. Thus, it seems like a very safe bet that 2nd round pick Andrew Church and 3rd round selection Casey Meisner will begin the year in short-season, most likely Brooklyn.

CatchersXorge Carillo, Albert Cordero, Blake Forsythe, Jeff Glenn, Kai Gronauer, Cam Maron, Colton Plaia

InfieldersCornersJayce Boyd, Dominic Smith, Aderlin Rodriguez,

Middle InfieldersDilson Herrera, L.J. Mazzilli,  Gavin Cecchini, Philip Evans, Matt Reynolds, Amed Rosario

The fact that Smith and Rosario are in STEP camp does not mean they will head to Savannah to start 2014. Last year, the Mets brought Gavin Cecchini to STEP camp only to start him in Brooklyn. 

OutfieldersMaikis De La Cruz, Kyle Johnson, Jared King, Eudy Pina, Champ Stuart and Travis Taijeron

I suspect that this means Stuart, who impressed me in a brief look in Kingsport in 2013, will break camp in Savannah. 

Tags: Spring Training , Toby Hyde
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