5 Things Every Mets Fan Wants to See at Spring Training
With spring training in full swing, the Mets are getting prepared for the upcoming spring training schedule in March. During this time, the organization will determine what its major league roster will look like on Opening Day and also see where some of the well-known prospects are in their development.
Spring training is a time for fans to get very excited about the upcoming season. Here are five things every Mets fan wants to see at spring training this year.
No name in the Mets' spring training camp is getting more attention than that of the team's top pitching prospect, Noah Syndergaard.
The big right-hander could certainly make the Mets roster sometime this year, but until then, spring training could be the only time Mets fans actually get to see him pitch. Like Matt Harvey in 2012 and Zack Wheeler in 2013, Syndergaard should be the main pitcher to follow in spring training this year.
Mets fans should certainly be excited at the thought of yet another young, hard-throwing pitcher joining the rotation very soon. Hopefully, Syndergaard will be able to bring the same kind of hype and results that Harvey and Wheeler have already brought to the big league club.
Although he may not be as well known as Syndergaard, Rafael Montero is another top Mets pitching prospect that could be major league ready sometime this season. He's another player fans will want to follow during spring training.
Montero could possibly get called up to the major leagues at the same time as Syndergaard this year—or even earlier—being that Montero has some Triple-A pitching experience from last season.
Montero is scheduled to start the first game of New York's Grapefruit League schedule. As a result, Mets fans will be able to see Montero pitch right away and get a feel for the potential he has to offer.
Home Runs from Curtis Granderson
When the Mets signed Curtis Granderson to a four-year contract in the offseason, the goal was for the former Yankee to bring more power to a Mets lineup in desperate need of some pop.
If Granderson can hit some home runs during spring training, it could, at the very least, give some hope to Mets fans that the team will be able to score more runs and not have to rely as heavily on its pitching to be dominant.
Will home runs from Granderson in spring training lead to over 30 regular-season homers for sure? Not necessarily. Time will tell, but home runs during spring training should give fans a reason to feel that this season could be better for the Mets.
The First Base Battle Between Ike Davis and Lucas Duda
Another one of the big topics in spring training this year for the Mets will be the first base competition between Ike Davis and Lucas Duda. Both did not have particularly impressive seasons in 2013, and the spring training numbers for both players could certainly determine who wins the Opening Day starting job.
Mets fans may not necessarily care which of the two ends up starting as long as whoever starts hits well and drives in runs. Davis is the more proven hitter of the two, but Duda also has the potential to be a productive hitter.
It will be very fascinating to see how this competition unfolds.
Where Will Eric Young Jr. Fit into the Picture?
With the additions of Granderson and Chris Young to the Mets outfield, it's possible that Eric Young Jr. could be the odd man out this season. Juan Lagares could very well remain at center field, which would ultimately make Young the fourth outfielder and probably a top pinch runner as well.
It will be very interesting to see what ends up happening to Young in spring training in regards to what positions he ends up playing and how much playing time he gets. Fans will very likely pay particular attention to him because of the current depth in the outfield.