Some recent developments in Mets camp have changed the core of our KOST candidates a little bit. A few candidates have begun hitting up to their KOST reputations and we also saw the first two drop off the list with Ty Kelly and Roger Bernadina getting the boot. Who are their replacements and who's leading the pack? And what to do with those already sent to camp? All down below!
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Eric Campbell (Stock: Rising slightly)
One week ago, Eric Campbell's hold on the top slot in our KOST contest looked tenuous but that was before the onslaught that Soup put on the spring training baseball landscape this past week. With his line now up to .333/.556/.389 in 18 at bats with a double, 8 walks, and 2 stolen bases, Campbell has thrust himself back into the race. Even though roster contention has little to do with this pretend award, Asdrubal Cabrera's status for Opening Day is in jeopardy and Campbell appears to be the top beneficiary should Cabrera open up on the DL.
Johnny Monell (Stock: Rising slightly)
It was a nice week for Monell, who saw his line jump up to .353/.476/.471 with 2 doubles and 4 walks over 17 at bats. The only thing that could hurt Monell is if the Mets were to acquire a backup catcher to supplant Kevin Plawecki as Travis d'Arnaud's backup. Such a move would cut into Monell's spring training at bats, turning Plawecki into the backup to the backup and Monell into the backup to the backup to the backup.
Matt Reynolds (Stock: Falling)
Ruben Tejada's gone and that helps Reynolds' chances of snagging a spot on the Mets' roster. That should also get him more at bats, a potential positive in the KOST race. He's really going to have to make the most of those at bats over the next few weeks, however, as his .158/.238/.158 spring training line is quite bad. After bursting onto the scene last year, dropping from the list before the final week would be quite a fall from meaningless spring training grace.
Danny Muno (Stock: Holding)
He just keeps plugging along while getting at bats here and there. At .313/.429/.313, he's showing off those on base skills he's always been known for but not wowing. He'll hang on in the KOST race doing that but unless he turns up the volume, it's not going to win it. Sorry!
Alejandro De Aza (Stock: Rising)
Another strong week for De Aza, who hasn't even hit one over the fence this spring. But that doesn't matter, a very Mayberry-an .429/.458/.571 line with 3 doubles and a pair of walks will play in this race. De Aza's having himself a fine spring.
Wilmer Flores (Stock: Rising)
Wilmer finds himself on the main list for the first time because he continues to crush crappy spring training pitching. At .500/.577/.650 with 3 doubles and 5 walks, Flores could certainly be the winner of this race if he keeps going like this. Will the plate discipline continue in the regular season? WHO CARES? This race is only about spring training!
Travis Taijeron (Stock: ????????)
If this update was written a couple of days ago, Taijeron would be looking like the odds-on favorite to take home the trophy. He's been unconscious over the past week, making it kinda strange that the Mets sent him back to minor league camp on Tuesday. What does this mean for his KOST candidacy? He may still accrue some at bats as a callover from minor league camp and his .385/.433/.625 line with 2 doubles, a triple, a home run, and 3 walks is absolutely KOST material. But will De Aza, Flores, or somebody else pass him by?