PORT ST. LUCIE, Fla. (April 6, 2016) – The St. Lucie Mets are excited to announce their initial 2016 roster, one that features six of the Mets top 30 prospects according to MLB.com.
Highlighting the roster is Amed Rosario, a 20-year-old short stop who is MLB.com’s third ranked Mets prospect. Rosario will be joined by other highly ranked position player prospects in outfielder Wuilmer Becerra (No. 8), third baseman Jhoan Urena (No. 12) infielder Luis Guillorme (No. 15) and outfielder John Mora (No. 28). Right-handed starter Chris Flexen (No. 29) rounds out the top 30 Mets prospects in St. Lucie.
As the youngest player in the Florida State League in 2015, Rosario played in 103 games with St. Lucie. He was briefly promoted to Double-A Binghamton at the end of the season. With St. Lucie he batted .257 and hit 20 doubles.
Rosario’s partner in the middle infield will be slick-fielding Luis Guillorme, who was the everyday short stop at Savannah in 2015 and will shift to second base to start this year. Lauded for his glove work, Guillorme won the South Atlantic League Player of the Year award in 2015.
Speed should be a strength for the Mets. Guillorme swiped 18 bases in Savannah last year and infielder Jonathan Johnson stole 23 for the Sand Gnats. Outfielders Partick Biondi (38), John Mora (14) and Becerra (16) combined for 68 stolen bases with Savannah. Champ Stuart returns to St. Lucie. He was successful in 21 of 24 stolen base attempts. That’s a total of 89 stolen bases among the four outfielders on the roster.
Becerra should bring a power aspect to the lineup. He blasted nine home runs last year and drove in 63 runs while batting .290. Becerra came to the Mets organization as part of the trade that sent R.A. Dickey to the Toronto Blue Jays in return for Noah Syndergaard and Travis d’Arnaud. At the time of the trade Becerra’s pro career consisted of just 11 GCL games.
The Mets rotation doesn’t feature an uber prospect like Jacob deGrom of Steven Matz this year but Flexen, Ricky Knapp, Josh Prevost, Corey Oswalt, Casey Delgado and Scarlyn Reyes are all coming off solid 2015 campaigns and should be in the rotation. Prevost has been tabbed as the Opening Day starter
Robby Coles and Jimmy Duff return to the Mets bullpen after they finished the 2015 in St. Lucie. Other familiar faces on the Mets pitching staff include Kevin McGowan, Michael Gibbons, Paul Paez and Tim Peterson.
The two catchers on the roster are Tomas Nido and Cuba native Lednier Ricardo.
Pitchers: Alberto Baldonado, Robby Coles, Casey Delgado, Jimmy Duff, Chris Flexen, Michael Gibbons, Ben Griset, Ricky Knapp, Kevin McGowan, Corey Oswalt, Paul Paez, Tim Peterson, Josh Prevost, Scarlyn Reyes, Corey Taylor
Catchers: Tomas Nido, Lednier Ricardo
Infielders: Phi Evans, Luis Guillorme, Jonathan Johnson, Michael Katz, Amed Rosario, Kevin Taylor, Jhoan Urena
Outfielders: Wuilmer Becerra, Patrick Biondi, John Mora, Champ Stuart
The Mets will open the season on Thursday at home against the Jupiter Hammerheads. First pitch at Tradition Field is 6:30 p.m. There will be $2 draft beer, $1 hot dogs, $1 soda and $1 popcorn. Call 772-871-2115 for tickets.