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2017 Mets King of Spring Training update #2

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With a little over two weeks to go until Opening Day, we check in on the ever-important King of Spring Training race.

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As you scroll down from here, you’ll notice that our list has undergone some changes from last week. Gone is Matt Reynolds, dropped down are a couple of other names, and they’ve been replaced by new faces. Will we have a repeat KOST? Or will one of the bats who struggled mightily in 2016 claim our fake award? Read to find out and then tell us who you think will win this mostly meaningless prize.

Favorites

Michael Conforto – .359/.375/.615 (Stock: RISING)

KOSTforto’s hot spring training continued this past week, which has allowed him to rocket to the top of our fake spring rankings. Can he keep it up? One worry is the fact that he’s currently sporting a 10/1 strikeout to walk rate thus far. But let’s not forget that it’s spring training, so it doesn’t really matter! Conforto looks like the leader in the KOST clubhouse at the moment.

Travis d’Arnaud – .333/.389/.576 (Stock: HOLDING)

The Mets’ catcher continues to hit well, though his overall line has dipped a little bit since our last update. As we inch closer to the start of the season, d’Arnaud will certainly get the at bats but that could either be a blessing or a curse depending on how he performs. Right now, though, he’s in great shape.

Phil Evans – .344/.344/.563 (Stock: HOLDING)

Evans suffered a bit of a blow earlier this week when he was sent down to minor league camp but the infielder continues to rack up at bats despite it. Evans has had a very strong camp but as the regulars start playing closer to 9 innings, the at bats here could dry up. Another big week could vault him into the top two.

Luis Guillorme – .290/.333/.452 (Stock: FALLING)

The slick-fielding shortstop was also demoted by the Mets last week but in limited at bats, he continues to hit. Guillorme’s hold on a spot here is a bit more tenuous than Evans’ because the numbers aren’t as great and he seems likely to see fewer at bats as somebody who’s further down the Mets depth chart. We’ll always have the bat catch.

Travis Taijeron – .281/.343/.344 (Stock: FALLING)

2016’s King of Spring Training had a very down week at the plate, which has sunk his stock in the KOST race. The bottom line is that Taijeron hasn’t hit any dingers and has only walked 3 times. That’s his game! If he doesn’t do that, there won’t be a repeat KOST award in the cards. Taijeron’s going to need a huge week to fend off the field.

The Field

Gavin Cecchini – .421/.476/.684 (Stock: HOLDING)

Cecchini is back in Mets camp after Italy got knocked out of the World Baseball Classic and he got into Friday’s blowout as a replacement. Given his outstanding performance early on in camp, he could easily find himself among our favorites in next week’s update but he’ll need to see some more consistent playing time to get there.

Brandon Nimmo – .476/.500/.524 (Stock: HOLDING)

Nimmo is also back from the WBC and while his numbers this spring are excellent, like Cecchini’s, he’s returning from a pulled hamstring. Luckily, it sounds as if he’s avoided major injury and is hoping to return to the field today but you never know with hammies.

Ty Kelly – .250/.500/.250 (Stock: FALLING)

With Israel knocked out of the WBC, Kelly is back in big league camp and he got a couple of at bats as a replacement in Friday’s blowout. Unlike Cecchini and Nimmo, Kelly’s KOST candidacy is a much steeper hill to climb because he didn’t hit much before leaving for the WBC.

T.J. Rivera – .304/.280/.565 (Stock: FALLING)

Puerto Rico is still playing in the WBC, which means Rivera is away from the Mets for a little longer.

Rene Rivera – .400/.500/.400 (Stock: FALLING)

Puerto Rico is still playing in the WBC, which means Rivera is away from the Mets for a little longer. Sounds familiar?