PORT ST. LUCIE — The rookies took their champion shot, but it wasn’t capable to gain them spots connected the Mets’ Opening Day roster.
Brett Baty and Mark Vientos person been optioned to Triple-A Syracuse, the squad announced Saturday, successful a question of roster moves.
Baty excelled astatine 3rd basal this spring, and Vientos had improved his banal with coagulated enactment astatine archetypal and 3rd base.
The 23-year-old Baty was among the Mets’ champion performers this spring.
He posted a .325/.460/.425 slash enactment with 3 homers and 7 RBIs, receiving an extended look portion Eduardo Escobar was participating successful the World Baseball Classic.
“[Baty] started disconnected good for us, helium tailed off, but it bodes good for america down the line,” manager Buck Showalter said. “He truly showed that his defence has a accidental to beryllium up to par.”
Baty played lone six games astatine Triple-A aft his promotion to Syracuse past play earlier helium was called up to the Mets aft Escobar was injured. Baty appeared successful 11 games successful the majors earlier a torn thumb ligament ended his season.
Overall, Baty has played 237 vocation games successful the insignificant leagues.
Mets wide manager Billy Eppler compared that fig to the magnitude of clip prima 3rd basemen Nolan Arenado and Austin Riley spent successful the insignificant leagues. Each played much than 400 games successful the minors.
“You larn by playing a lot,” Eppler said. “While [Baty] had a large campy and we are truly excited astir his aboriginal determination are conscionable immoderate much improvement markers near for him to reach. He’ll spell down and astir apt transportation a batch that helium consumed present and we are existent excited astir his future, the benignant of kid helium is, what helium does successful the batter’s box, but besides the strides helium made defensively.”
Vientos, 23, produced a .278/.310/.481 slash enactment with 2 homers and 11 RBIs this spring.
“In the cases with those 2 players, with Brett and Mark, we’re looking for a implicit shot player,” Eppler said. “We’re looking for guys we tin spot successful the batter’s box, connected the bases and spot defensively. The eventual extremity present is to bring title caliber players to this ballclub.”
Infield manager Joey Cora was contiguous successful abstracted meetings with Baty and Vientos, to pass them of the decisions, according to Eppler, truthful the players’ antiaircraft strides this outpouring could beryllium reinforced.
Eppler said it is imaginable either subordinate could gain his mode onto the large league roster this play without an wounded to a starter.
“Those guys some took it precise professionally,” Eppler said. “They know. They understand. They spot the committee and the bigger plan, the bigger vision. I’m truly blessed with however they conscionable approached everything successful camp.
“You person got to deliberation astir the agelong game. You person got to deliberation astir the 162 we’re going to play implicit the 183 days truthful we’re not positioning a roster for a three-game, win-or go-home-series oregon a five-game oregon seven-game bid close now. We’re positioning the roster to negociate each the mode done September and with our presumption possibly October.”
If the Mets were going to support Baty oregon Vientos, that apt would person travel astatine the disbursal of Darin Ruf, who has struggled this outpouring aft an underwhelming two-month stint with the nine aft arriving astatine the commercialized deadline past season.
Eppler was asked if he’s committed to a roster spot for Ruf.
“We haven’t announced the Opening Day roster yet — we’ll denote that astatine 11:59 [a.m.] connected Thursday,” Eppler said. “OK?”
The Mets reassigned Zach Muckenhirn, Denyi Reyes, Michael Perez, Jonathan Arauz, Jose Peraza and DJ Stewart to insignificant league camp.