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Dominic Smith headlines the group.

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The Mets have announced that thirteen minor league players of note will be invited to major league camp during spring training: catcher Xorge Carrillo, first baseman Dominic Smith, middle infielders Phil Evans and Luis Guillorme, outfielders Champ Stuart and Travis Taijeron, right-handed pitchers Chase Bradford, Kevin McGowan, Paul Sewald, Corey Taylor, Logan Taylor, and left-handed pitchers P.J. Conlon and David Roseboom.

  • Xorge Carrillo, 27, spent the majority of his 2016 season with Double-A Binghamton, splitting catching duties with Colton Plaia. In the 80 games he appeared in, the 27-year-old hit .269/.347/.364 in 80 games.
  • Dominic Smith, ranked the Mets’ number 5 prospect by Amazin’ Avenue, spent all of 2016 with Binghamton, hitting .302/.367/.457 in 130 games.
  • Phil Evans, 24, spent the majority of his 2016 season with Binghamton, hitting .335/.374/.485, winning the Eastern League batting title.
  • Luis Guillorme, 22, spent all of 2016 with High-A St. Lucie, where the slick-fielding shortstop hit .263/.332/.315 in 123 games.
  • Champ Stuart, 24, split his 2016 season between St. Lucie and Binghamton. With the St. Lucie Mets, the Bahamian center fielder hit in .265/.347/.407 in 71 games, and with the Binghamton Mets, he hit .201/.264/.201 in 43 games.
  • Travis Taijeron, 27, spent his entire 2016 season with Triple-A Las Vegas, where he hit .275/.372/.512 in 129 games.
  • Chase Bradford, 27, spent all of 2016 with Las Vegas, where he posted a 4.80 ERA in 56 relief appearances.
  • Kevin McGowan, 25, split his 2016 season between St. Lucie and Binghamton. With the St. Lucie Mets, McGowan posted a 0.82 ERA in 15 games, two of which were starts, and with the Binghamton Mets, he posted a 3.26 ERA in 26 games, two of which were starts.
  • Paul Sewald, 26, spent his entire 2016 season with Las Vegas, where he posted a 3.29 ERA in 56 games, notching 19 saves.
  • Corey Taylor, 24, spent his entire 2016 season with St. Lucie, where he posted a 1.87 ERA in 45 games, notching 20 saves.
  • Logan Taylor, 25, spent all of 2016 with Binghamton, where he posted a 3.99 ERA in 44 games, five of which were starts.
  • P.J. Conlon, 22, split the 2016 season with Low-A Columbia and High-A St. Lucie. With the Columbia Fireflies, the Irish southpaw posted a 1.84 ERA in 12 starts, and with the St. Lucie Mets, he posted a 1.41 ERA in 12 appearances, eleven of which were starts.
  • David Roseboom, 24, spent his entire 2016 season with Binghamton, where he posted a 1.87 ERA in 52 games, notching 14 saves.

Fellow minor leaguers Wuilmer Becerra, Chris Flexen, Marcos Molina, Tomas Nido, and Amed Rosario, Chris Flexen, Marcos Molina, and Wuilmer Becerra will also be in major league camp, having been added to the Mets’ 40-man roster to protect them during the Rule 5 Draft in December.

Pitchers and catchers will report to Tradition Field in St. Lucie on February 12, followed by position players one week later. Organized Grapefruit League action begins on February 24, with the Mets playing their first home game one day later, against the Washington Nationals.