With a week and a half of Grapefruit League games down, the 2021 NY Mets have made their first round of spring training cuts. The team announced on Tuesday night that 19 players have been reassigned from big league camp.
The group reassigned included:
Pitchers: RHP Matt Allen, RHP Oscar De La Cruz, RHP Ryley Gilliam, RHP J.T. Ginn, RHP Harol Gonzalez, RHP Trevor Hildenberger, RHP Tylor Megill, RHP Stephen Nogosek, RHP Marcel Renteria, RHP Jared Robinson, and LHP Tom Windle
Position Players: C Francisco Alvarez, OF Pete Crow-Armstrong, INF Brett Baty, OF Drew Ferguson, INF Ronny Mauricio, C Nick Meyer, C Hayden Senger, and INF Mark Vientos
In addition, the Mets have also announced that RHP Franklyn Kilome, RHP Sean Reid-Foley, and LHP Thomas Szapucki have been optioned to the Triple-A roster.
According to Tim Britton of the Athletic, every player that was reassigned will stay in Port St. Lucie and continue working out at the team facility, and can appear in Grapefruit League games.
Britton says that he heard players being reassigned “helps differentiate workout schedules and set up intrasquad B games."
2021 NY Mets: First Round of Camp Cuts
One of the biggest surprises of these moves is easily Trevor Hildenberger. The right-hander had tossed two scoreless innings and stuck out six to this point in camp. Many thought his deceptive side-arm delivery could"ve made him an interesting addition to this Mets bullpen.
With that being said, some of the players left battling for a bullpen spot include righties Drew Smith, Sam McWilliams, Tommy Hunter, Jacob Barnes, Robert Gsellman, and lefties Stephen Tarpley, Daniel Zamora, Jerry Blevins, and Mike Montgomery.
It was definitely nice to see some of the Mets" top prospects get a shot to show what they can do in big league camp. Baty, Mauricio, and Vientos were all very impressive at the plate.
The future certainly appears to be extremely bright, however, now it"s time to figure out the real position battles for the 2021 NY Mets roster.
Among the infielders battling for the one or two remaining bench spots include Jonathan Villar, Brandon Drury, Jake Hager, and Jose Peraza. The outfielders fighting it out are Kevin Pillar, Albert Almora, Johneshwy Fargas, and Mallex Smith.
After all of these moves, the 2021 NY Mets now have 53 players in major league camp with two and a half weeks remaining in spring training.
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