Mets infielder Phillip Evans will make the Opening Day roster, according to manager Mickey Callaway. According to New York Daily News’ Kristie Ackert, Callaway made the decision official as Michael Conforto will start the year on the DL, clearing the way for the 25-year-old utility infielder to break camp with the Mets. On March 29, the Mets will carry a five-man bench and a seven-man bullpen to begin the season.
Evans has certainly made an impression this spring, hitting .261 in 46 at-bats with an impressive .382 OBP and .838 OPS, following up a 19-game stint with the Mets in 2017 where he hit .303 with a .395 OBP in limited action. A 15th round draft pick in 2011, Evans has taken advantage of his opportunities this spring and has won himself a roster spot.
Evans gives the Mets extra flexibility, as he will be the third infielder on the bench after Wilmer Flores and Jose Reyes. With experience playing second, third, and short, Evans has also been seen in the outfield this spring, even making an appearance behind the plate. It will be intriguing to see if Evans will still be up with the big league club when Conforto eventually does make his return.