|Mets plan for top prospect Drew Gilbert to stay in center field throughout spring: Could he be Harrison Bader safety valve?. Carlos Mendoza's praise was high for one of the Mets' top prospects, outfielder Drew Gilbert, ahead of his spring training debut on Monday. The 23-year-old Gilbert, who is a top two or three prospect within the organization, is preparing for his first full season in the Mets' organization after being the centerpiece of the return from the Houston Astros in the trade involving Justin Verlander last summer. Gilbert was the Astros' No. 1 prospect, slashing .241/.342/.371 (.713 OPS) with six home runs, and 20 RBI in 60 games with Houston's Double-A affiliate before he was sent to New York.
|Ex-Yankees outfielder is mentoring Mets top prospect. The Mets signed center fielder Harrison Bader this offseason. AP Subscribers can gift articles to anyone By Bridget Hyland | NJ Advance Media for NJ.com There are some fresh faces are in Port St. Lucie for Mets camp this year. And two of those newer Mets - one veteran and one young prospect - shared a bonding moment early in spring training. MORE METS COVERAGE Mets' Luis Severino faced batters for first time in camp. Here's how he looked Mets' Francisco Álvarez shows improved plate approach (and English skills) in spring debut Mets pitcher with revamped arsenal shines in team's first spring win Clearer timeline for Mets' Kodai Senga injury return emerges How Mets farmhand (and former Gold Glove
|Harrison Bader teaches Mets' prospect Drew Gilbert the importance of 'unseen' offseason hours. PORT ST. LUCIE — Spring training exists for conversations like the one Harrison Bader and Drew Gilbert enjoyed. Early in Mets camp, the veteran and young outfielder, respectively, sat together in the cafeteria at Clover Park and talked about plenty. Bader recognizes some of himself in Gilbert, both gifted and explosive center fielders with good speed and both physical specimens. Neither wastes time in the weight room. The main topic of conversation centered upon taking care of their bodies, particularly in the offseason. If Bader could redo any part of his career, he said, he would not flash back to strikeouts or errors; he would have tried to find a daily routine earlier that worked for him
|Michael Kay skewers the Mets' offseason: 'Derelict in their duty'. Michael Kay laid the lumber to the Mets for their paltry spending this offseason. While the Mets have signed veterans like Harrison Bader and Luis Severino on short-term deals this winter, they have avoided the splashy acquisitions that highlighted the outset of owner Steve Cohen's tenure. In a recent segment on ESPN New York, Kay acknowledged that he would get flack given that he is the longtime play-by-play broadcaster for the Yankees, but argued that Cohen's enormous wealth should mean the Mets should never retreat. Michael Kay skewered the Mets for skimping in free agency this offseason. Getty Images for The David Cone “Now, I always have to really dance very gingerly around this because
|Ex-Yankee Harrison Bader optimistic about health with Mets: 'Being super healthy is always the goal'. Harrison Bader made an impact on his first day with the Mets — a literal impact. The center fielder fouled off a pitch from Michael Tonkin during live batting practice and it went through a glass window in the top level of Clover Park on Monday during the Mets' first full-squad workout. If healthy, the Mets believe that the Bronxville native could impact the team on both sides of the ball. The 29-year-old Horace Mann product has consistently been one of the top center fielders in baseball since a breakout season in 2018 with the St. Louis Cardinals.