We are just weeks away from the New York Mets kicking off the 2019 Season, but now that we are seeing how Spring Training is unfolding, it is time to give out somewhat early grades at each position on the team’s depth chart.
The New York Mets are not exactly having the best start to Spring Training in terms of wins and losses, they have a losing record, but it is really just all about getting reps, getting in form and being ready for regular season baseball. Also, before the Phillies got Bryce Harper, which that is all I will say, I would have argued that the Mets were the most improved team in the NL East this offseason. But, that is all null and void.
The New York Mets’ offseason has been quite fantastic. While they still failed to splurge on big name free agents, they managed to trade some top prospects and shuffle some talent around within. That is General Manager Brodie Van Waganen’s code for going for it in 2019.
It is a breath of fresh air to see the Mets take an otherwise inexperienced to terrible roster and turn into something not laughable on paper. The moves they made right now is just air, they must first play the games.
But, at least we can try to predict how they will. Not worse than last season is a solid start, but there is so much more to it.
So, that is what has inspired me to write this. I went to the Mets’ depth chart on the team website, went right to source. I am going to use that and grade every position I can to the best of my insight. While this is all subjective, hopefully it can help you in analyzing this team.
The criterion for the grading is quite simple. All I did was look at what the depth chart says and included how much it improved from last year, how well it looks on paper, how hard the Mets tried to improve it, and if the names on paper are actually respectable.
It is quite simple, just how the roster looks at each position and grading it. Injuries are sort of changing things up, but don’t read too much into it.
Enough of my rambling, let’s dive right into it. Let’s start at catching.