Mets Invite 17 to Major League Camp

Amidst trade rumors and free agent whispers, the Mets have announced the 17 players that they will be bringing to Spring Training on Minor League deals.

Here is the Grapefruit League roster as it stands, with today’s additions in bold:

Pitchers (31):
Dario Alvarez, Vic Black, Matt Bowman, Chasen Bradford, Buddy Carlyle, Bartolo Colon, Jacob deGrom, Josh Edgin, Jeurys Familia, Dillon Gee, Sean Gilmartin, Erik Goeddel, Matt Harvey, Jack Leathersich, Steven Matz, Cory Mazzoni, Jenrry Mejia, Rafael Montero, Akeel Morris, Jon Niese, Bobby Parnell, Tyler Pill, Scott Rice, Hansel Robles, Cody Satterwhite, Noah Syndergaard, Zack Thornton, Carlos Torres, Jon Velasquez, Zack Wheeler, Gabriel Ynoa

Catchers (5): Xorge Carrillo, Travis d’Arnaud, Johnny Monell, Kevin Plawecki, Anthony Recker

Infielders (12): Brandon Allen, Eric Campbell, Gavin Cecchini, Lucas Duda, Wilmer Flores, Dilson Herrera, Danny Muno, Daniel Murphy, Matt Reynolds, Ruben Tejada, Wilfredo Tovar, David Wright

Outfielders (9): Alex Castellanos, Michael Cuddyer, Matt den Dekker, Curtis Granderson, Juan Lagares, John Mayberry Jr., Kirk Nieuwenhuis, Brandon Nimmo, Cesar Puello

Both Carlyle and Rice have received extended stints in New York. Carlyle, 37, recorded a 1.45 ERA in 27 games out of the bullpen last season, while the southpaw Rice has held opposing lefties to a .196 batting average in 105 games across two seasons. He made his Major League debut on Opening Day 2013, after a 14 year Minor League career.

Bowman, Bradford, Pill, Satterwhite, and Velasquez were all teammates on Double-A Binghamton last season. The 23-year-old Bowman has cemented himself as one of the under-the-radar prospects in the Mets’ system, as he has recorded a 22-14 career record with a 3.05 ERA.

Plawecki, Cecchini, Reynolds, and Nimmo all make the top-20 prospect list coming into 2015. Plawecki, 23, hit .326 in 249 at bats at Binghamton last season, while Reynolds, a potential shortstop candidate, surprised fans by securing a .405 on base percentage across the two upper levels. Cecchini and Nimmo (like Plawecki) are former first round draft picks, who come into this season looking to open the eyes of coaches and fans alike. Nimmo is a center fielder with a solid tool set, while Cecchini usually plays the gaps.

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