Every weekday I’ll post an updated power ranking for the Mets outfield. The theory is that the top three would be starters (or share a platoon) and the next two would likely make the roster. An additional five candidates round out the list. (And yes there were 10 players who might have had a shot of playing in the outfield)
1. Collin Cowgill (1) -Cowgill hit his second dinger of the spring. He struck out twice, but is still hitting .379 in a more and more meaningful sample size.
2.Marlon Byrd (3)- Byrd also had a good day at the plate. He’s showing he’s at least a platoon player in the majors.
3. Jordany Valdespin (2) – With the day off, and how I think the franchise values him, he drops a spot today.
4. Lucas Duda (4)- 0-for-3 with a walk, not terribly inspiring, but neither are any of the remaining candidates.
5. Mike Baxter (5)- Did not play, but no one else made enough noise to move him.
6. Matt Den Dekker (6) – One at bat today. Nothing to move him up or down about.
7. Kirk Nieuwenhuis (7) – He’s getting passed by.
8. Jamie Hoffmann (8) – He made the first cut, which was more than I thought would happen. He’s just added depth for split squad games at this point.
9. Andrew Brown (-) – I had actually written him off. Saw him in the box score, and he had one at bat. Management seem to be more committed to giving Hoffmann a shot than Brown. But both will be fighting for AAA playing time, let alone MLB time.
10. Justin Turner (10) – Just holding down this spot because he’ll be on the roster. The guys above are all angling for starting, platoon, or bench jobs. Turner is just looking for a couple more days that he doesn’t have to sit on the bench.
And what about Brennan Boesch? He was cut today. He had a disappointing season last year, but has had major league success. I don’t think the Mets want him as bad as some other teams, so likely he won’t be joining this power ranking any time soon.