The Mets announced their first round of spring taining cuts Tuesday, sending 13 players who had been with the big league camp over to the minor league camp.
Right-handed pitchers Chris Flexen and Franklyn Kilomé and left-handed pitcher Drew Gagnon are on the 40-man roster so the team has officially optioned them to the minors.
The remaining players are not on the 40-man roster and so they have just been reassigned: catchers Patrick Mazeika and Colton Plaia; infielder Gavin Cecchini; right-handed pitchers Ryder Ryan, Corey Taylor, Josh Torres, and Stephen Villines; and left-handed pitchers P.J. Conlon, Anthony Kay, and David Peterson.
Players in minor league camp may continue to get playing time in major league spring training games, but generally at a reduced frequency.
Chris Flexen is a key piece of rotation depth currently but had limited opportunities in big league camp, throwing just 2.1 hitless innings. Drew Gagnon is also a candidate to see time in the majors this season but struggled with a 11.25 ERA over 4 innings.
Ryder Ryan, acquired for Jay Bruce in 2017, impressed so far this spring with good velocity and impressive breaking pitches. He has an outside shot at a bullpen role this season, particularly if he carries his 2018 success into Triple-A this year.