Instructs are a funny beast, they have practice and games, like spring training, but the vibe is different. In spring training, the focus is on getting better for the season to come. Spring training has everyone in the organization. Here, with just a few exceptions, the players are restricted to those who will being 2015 in advanced Single-A and below. Thus, with a smaller group, the top lower-level prospects have more time for one-on-one instruction with the team's coaches and coordinators. Skill development is the priority over competition.
Instructional league inclues just six games for young Mets farmhands in the 12 days from September 22 through October 3. All games are scheduled for 1 p.m..
The complete schedule is:
September 22 - @ Washington
September 24 - v. Miami
September 26 - @ St. Louis
September 29 - v. Washington
October 1 - @ Miami
October 3 - v. St. Louis
The Position Players
|Tomas Nido||20||8th rd, 2012||NYP||C|
|Darryl Knight||21||14th Rd, 2014||R - GCL||C|
|Tyler Moore||21||6th, 2014||NYP||C|
|Dioni Rodriguez||19||NDFA '11||R - GCL||C|
|Ali Sanchez||17||NDFA '13||DSL||C|
Brandon Brosher is also in camp, working on his catching, as he tweeted Monday, but his foot is still in a walking boot.
Moore and Nido will be staking their claim on an Opening Day 2015 assignment to Savannah.
|Jayce Boyd||23||6th rd, '12||AA||1B|
|Dale Burdick||18||40th rd, '14||R - GCL||UTIL|
|Luis Carpio||17||NDFA '13||DSL||SS|
|Gavin Cecchini||20||1st rd '12||A/A+||SS|
|Franklin Corea||18||NDFA '12||R - GCL||SS/2B|
|Eudor Garcia||20||4th rd, '14||APP||3B|
|Luis Guillorme||19||10th rd, '13||R-APP/A||SS|
|Milton Ramos||18||3rd rd, '14||R - GCL||SS|
|Alfredo Reyes||20||NDFA '10||R - GCL/SSA - NYP||SS|
|Amed Rosario||18||NDFA '12||NYP/A||SS|
|Dominic Smith||18||1st rd, '13||SAL||1B|
|Jhoan Urena||19||NDFA '11||NYP/A||3B|
|Dash Winningham||18||8th rd, 2014||R - GCL||1B|
The Mets promoted Cecchini to Double-A for the Binghamton playoffs, and I expect him to start 2015 there.
Rosario and Urena should be the left side of the Gnats infield on Opening Day 2015. Will Guillorme, a gifted defender, join them at second, or will the Mets hold him back for Brooklyn?
Carpio was Baseball America's No. 30 International prospect, who signed for $300,000 in 2013. Expect him to begin his stateside career in the GCL in 2015.
|Outfielders||Age||Acquired||2014 Level||Primary Pos|
|Wuilmer Becerra||19||Trade 12/12||R - APP||RF|
|Arnaldo Berrios||18||R - GCL||LF|
|Ricardo Cespedes||17||NDFA '13||DSL||CF|
|Michael Conforto||21||1st rd, 14||NYP/A||LF|
|Vincente Lupo||19||NDFA '10||APP||LF|
|John Mora||21||NDFA '11||R - GCL/NYP||CF|
|Raphael Ramirez||18||18th rd, '14||R - GCL||CF|
|Champ Stuart||21||6th rd, '13||SAL||CF|
|Ivan Wilson||19||3rd, '13||R - APP||CF|
|Emmanuel Zabala||19||NDFA '12||R - GCL||RF|
Down in Savannah, would the Mets roll with the raw, talented pair of Ivan Wilson in center and Wuilmer Becerra in right?
Cespedes signed for $725,000 in 2013 (BA).
|Gaby Almonte||22||NDFA '10||R- APP|
|Adrian Almeida||19||NDFA '12||R - GCL|
|Connor Buchmann||21||11th rd, '14||R - GCL/APP|
|Anthony Chavez||21||NDFA '09||NYP|
|Andrew Church||19||2nd rd, '13||R - APP|
|Alex Durham||18||12th rd, '14||R - GCL|
|Merandy Gonzalez||18||NDFA '13||DSL|
|Ronald Guedez||18||NDFA '12||DSL|
|Kurtis Horne||18||31st rd, '14||R - GCL|
|Joel Huertas||18||16th rd, '14||R - GCL|
|Gabriel Llanes||18||15th rd, '14||R - GCL|
|Eric Manoah Jr.||18||13th rd, '14||R - GCL|
|Marbin Montijo||18||NDFA '13||DSL|
|Yoryi Nuez||21||NDFA '09||R - APP|
|Darwin Ramos||18||NDFA '12||R - GCL|
|Persio Reyes||24||NDFA '10||R - APP|
|Scarlyn Reyes||22||NDFA '13||NYP|
|Udonis Uceta||20||NDFA '13||R - GCL/DSL|
Instead, this is a group of guys vying to make Savannah, or more likely, short season rotations in 2015.
I believe this is the Anthony Chavez who was an infielder for Brooklyn in 2014, but is making the transition to the mound.