The Mets announced their first round of major league spring training cuts today, and the players are: Gerson Bautista, Jamie Callahan, Marcos Molina, Corey Oswalt, Kevin McGowan, and Tim Tebow. All but Tebow are right-handed pitchers.
Of the bunch, only Callahan and McGowan have major league experience. Both made their major league debuts last year with the Mets, with Callahan having come over to the organization in the Addison Reed trade and McGowan a Mets draft pick back in 2013. Along with Bautista, who was also part of the Reed trade, they figured to be among the Mets’ options to make the Opening Day bullpen.
As for Tebow, one of the most famous members in Mets camp despite his limited professional baseball experience, the demotion to minor league camp doesn’t come as a surprise. He’s struggled mightily in major league spring training games this year.
Oswalt and Molina are a couple of pitchers who have made names for themselves at different points of the minor league careers. They checked in at 13th and 18th, respectively, on our list of the organization’s top twenty-five prospects.