PORT ST. LUCIE, Fla. — The Mets arrived at spring coaching with championship aspirations, however their youth can also be being served early in camp.
Catcher Francisco Alvarez, the group’s No. 2 prospect per MLB.com, is among the many prime abilities taking in his first big-league camp, utilizing the expertise to observe and be taught from James McCann.
“We haven’t been capable of speak a lot, simply because he’s been attempting to be taught all these new pitchers which are right here,” Alvarez stated by an interpreter Sunday. “However I’ve discovered loads simply from watching him and the way he prepares himself and goes about his routine.”
The 19-year-old Alvarez, who’s rated the No. 48 general prospect by MLB.com and Baseball America, stated his focus is at present on bettering his protection after hitting .312 with a .916 OPS in his first professional season of rookie ball in 2019.
Top-of-the-line offensive seasons of Albert Almora Jr.’s MLB profession got here with Chili Davis as his hitting coach. The Mets’ new outfielder is hoping their reunion pays dividends this 12 months.
“He type of is aware of my swing, and he is aware of the changes I’ve been making this offseason, so I’m tremendous excited,” Almora stated.
With Davis and the Cubs in 2018, Almora hit .286 with a .701 OPS throughout 152 video games. In 158 video games since over the previous two seasons — with Davis having left for Queens — Almora hit .230 with a .636 OPS.
However the 26-year-old is greatest recognized for his defensive capacity, providing the Mets extra depth in middle subject together with Brandon Nimmo and Kevin Pillar. Almora, who received a World Sequence with the Cubs in 2016, stated he was additionally hoping to chip in from a management perspective.
Sam McWilliams, the intriguing right-hander who the Mets signed to a significant league deal regardless of having no main league expertise, has added a curveball to his repertoire to go together with a slider and a fastball that has been hitting round 95 mph early in camp.
“The curveball I truly was messing round with in my first bullpen this winter,” stated McWilliams, who obtained on groups’ radars together with his efficiency on the Rays’ alternate website final 12 months. “I actually simply took my slider grip and put a bit child spike on it. I threw it a pair occasions, it felt actually good popping out of my hand.”
The Mets added RHP J.T. Ginn, their 2020 second-round choose who underwent Tommy John surgical procedure final spring, to their spring coaching roster. … Veteran catcher Caleb Joseph, who signed a minor league contract with the Mets on Thursday, participated in his first day of exercises Sunday.