Earlier today, the Mets announced that they had sent infielders Wilmer Flores and Josh Satin and relief pitcher Carlos Torres to minor league camp. Flores, one of the team's top prospects, was not expected to crack the big league roster to begin the year, but Satin and Torres each entered camp with at least a shot at making the bench and bullpen, respectively.
Flores didn't do much in camp but figures to begin the year at Triple-A Las Vegas, where he'll see time at second and third base. Should Daniel Murphy or David Wright spend any time on the disabled list in the middle of the season, there's a chance that Flores could make his debut in the big leagues, particularly if he's doing well with the bat. Whether or not he can stick at second base remains to be seen, but he hasn't looked terrible at the keystone in spring games.
Satin, long-time favorite of fellow Amazin' Avenue writer Jeffrey Paternostro, would have made sense as the team's backup corner infielder if not for the presence of Zach Lutz. Satin raked in very, very limited playing time in spring games, and like Flores, an injury to another player on the Mets could get him called up this year. He's gotten a tiny bit of playing time in the big leagues before, making 28 plate appearances in total.
Torres was one of the many relief pitchers signed by the Mets over the winter, but if there's a way to play yourself out of a spring training roster battle, it's pitching to the tune of an 8.44 ERA with an upside-down strikeout-to-walk ratio. Torres has shown an ability to strike hitters out, even at the big league level, but has always had a hard time limiting his walks. And keeping up with the theme here, he's likely one of the pitchers who will get a shot in the big league bullpen should an injury or ineffective stretch befall one of his peers on the 25-man roster.