Yesterday, Betsy Helfand, beat writer for the Triple-A Las Vegas 51’s released the preliminary roster for the 2017 Season. The Roster is as follows:

RHP: Wilfredo Boscan, Chase Bradford, Erik Goeddel, Donovan Hand, Ricky Knapp, Kevin McGowan, Ben Rowen, Paul Sewald, Logan Taylor, Beck Wheeler

LHP: Sean Gilmartin, David Roseboom, Adam Wilk

Catchers: Xorge Carrillo, Jeff Glenn, Kevin Plawecki

Infielders: Gavin Cecchini (2B), Phillip Evans (UTI), Matt Reynolds (UTI), Amed Rosario (SS), Dominic Smith (1B)

Outfielders: Jayce Boyd (LF), Victor Cruzado (OF), Josh Rodriguez (UTI), Travis Taijeron (RF)

Analysis:

Like usual, the Triple-A Vegas team is pretty darn mixed. The rotation isn’t exactly inspiring, especially starting-wise. The Rotation should be Boscan, Hand, Knapp, Gilmartin, and Wilk. The only prospect in that rotation is Knapp, and he’s a back-end type with some advanced stuff. He was just profiled recently on MTP. The bullpen has some nice pieces, with Sewald, who nearly made the Mets out of Spring Training, Taylor, McGowan, and Roseboom are three guys to watch who excelled in Binghamton last year. Rowen is a submariner, and Mets fans love submariners.

Plawecki should headline the catching corps as he hopes to actually prove that he’s still a prospect. Carrillo and Glenn will backup.

The real eyes are in the infield, with Rosario, the gem of the system, learns to hit a breaking ball in a terrible environment for breaking balls. The second best position player Smith needs to prove that Spring Training was an aberration. Cecchini is back, and will likely move permanently to 2nd base with Rosario being defensively superior, and Cecchini just can’t handle short. Evans impressed early in spring training, but I’m skeptical on what he actually possesses in terms of talent. He gets my preliminary Matt Reynolds award. Oh, did I state that Reynolds is the backup infielder for the team? It’s a bummer Matt Oberste is sticking back in Double-A.

The outfield is a major oof situation. Boyd has shuttled between Double-A and Triple-A, and it’s a question of what he’s actually going to be. Cruzado will likely play center while they’re waiting for Nimmo and Conforto to return. Taijeron will likely be in his annual home. The Mets signed Rodriguez recently, who had been with the team in 2012 and 2013. Just a warm body to play with the team.

The guys to pay attention to are pretty much the entire infield, Knapp, and the Bullpen.

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