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With Spring Training quickly approaching its halfway point, I wanted to take a look at some notable former Mets players from the organization last season, and see how they are performing this spring with their new organizations. Click the jump and check out their statistics and analysis on their performance thus far.

  • Kirk Nieuwenhuis: OF Milwaukee Brewers  
  • .211/.286/.421 19 AB’s, 3 R, 4 H, 1 HR, 2 RBI.
  • The Brewers claimed Nieuwenheis, off of waivers back in late December. The Brewers claimed Nieuwenheis to serve as a candidate to fill an outfielder role on their rebuilding ball club. Nieuwenheis is currently among multiple players in competition for the open CF position.
  • Tyler Clippard: RHP, Arizona Diamondbacks
  • 3 G, 3.00 ERA, 3 IP, 3 H, 1 ER, 1BB 2 K’S
  • Clippard signed a 2-year deal with the Diamondbacks late in the offseason, with the expectation he will be the setup man for Diamondbacks closer Brad Ziegler. Clippard’s roster spot is secure and will be a major factor for the Diamondbacks bullpen.
  • Juan Uribe: 3B Cleveland Indians
  • .500/.500/ .667 6 AB, 1 R, 3 H, 0 HR, 0 RBI.
  • Uribe signed a 1-year deal late in the offseason to man third base for the Indians, while they give their third baseman of the future, Giovanny Urshela more seasoning in the Minors. Unfortunately Uribe has had visa issues and left camp to attend to those the other day. All in all Uribe provides the Indians an established veteran presence on the ball club, and a mentor to the Indians young star at shortstop Francisco Lindor.
  • Kelly Johnson: IF/OF Atlanta Braves
  • .267/.450/.400 15 AB’S, 4 H, 4 R, 0 HR, 2 RBI
  • Johnson signed a one-year deal with the Braves in January, and is expected to serve in a utility role on the Braves rebuilding ball club. Johnson more than likely will fill a number of positions off of the bench and could be a valuable trade chip for the Braves at the Trade Deadline again.
  • Carlos Torres: RHP Atlanta Braves
  • 3 G, 0.00 ERA, 3 IP, 1 H, 2 BB, 2 K’s
  • Torres signed a Minor League deal with an invitation to Spring Training with the Braves after being placed and unclaimed on waivers by the Mets. Torres strong spring and decent track record has him on the inside track to a spot in the Braves bullpen.
  • Alex Torres: LHP Atlanta Braves
  • 3 G 0.00 ERA, 3.2 IP, 2 H, 0 ER, 1 BB, 4 K’S
  • The other former Torres Mets reliever, Alex had signed a Minor League deal with the Braves in late December. It was a nice low-risk move by the rebuilding Braves. Torres has had a strong spring and could be carried on the Braves roster as a middle reliever if his strong performance upholds.
  • Matt Bowman RHP: St. Louis Cardinals
  • 2 G, 6.75 ERA, 4 IP, 8 H, 3 ER, 2 BB, 1 K.
  • The Cardinals in this past December’s Rule 5 Draft had selected Bowman. Despite the lopsided numbers, Bowman is a favorite to receive a job in the Cardinals bullpen. If Bowman were not to make the roster out of Spring Training he would have to return to the Mets, unless he was placed on the disabled list, or a trade were worked out between the two clubs. MLB.com ranks Bowman as the 21st ranked prospect in the Cardinals organization.
  • Michael Fulmer: RHP Detroit Tigers
  • 3 G, 5.40 ERA, 5 IP, 3 H, 3 ER, 4 BB, 6 K’s
  • Fulmer is regarded as the Tigers number one prospect according to MLB.com, coming into this season. Fulmer has had an uneven spring thus far, with a couple of solid outings, and one disastrous outing. There is much uncertainty on where the Tigers plan to use Fulmer this season. Fulmer is being stretched as a starter this spring, but the Tigers may ultimately use him in the back end of their bullpen, where he would have a spot on the 25-man roster out of camp.
  • John Gant: RHP Atlanta Braves
  • 3 G, 1.59 ERA, 5.2 IP, 3 H, 1 ER, 1 BB, 4 K’S
  • Gant was one of the pitchers acquired by the Braves at the trade deadline for Kelly Johnson and Juan Uribe. Since Gant has come over to the Braves organization, he has done nothing but impress officials with the ball club. MLB.com ranks Gant as the 22nd best prospect in a loaded Braves farm system. Gant is more than likely to begin the season in either AA or possibly AAA if his strong spring continues.
  • Darrell Ceciliani: OF, Toronto Blue Jays
  • .375/.524/.625 16 AB’s, 6 H, 2 R, 1 HR, 4 RBI.
  • Ceciliani was acquired by the Blue Jays in a trade with the Mets for cash or a player to be named later in February. Ceciliani was a roster casualty for the Mets, to make room for the resigned Yoenis Cespedes. Ceciliani is having a great spring, but will be a long shot to make the Blue Jays 25-man roster as he still has Minor League options. Look for Ceciliani to start the season at AAA, but could be up if an injury or need arises.
  • Cesar Puello: OF, New York Yankees
  • .167/.333/.250 12 AB’s, 2 H, 1 R, 0 HR, 0 RBI
  • Puello was signed to a Minor League deal with the Yankees in December, which signaled an end to what was once a promising, but tumultuous end to Puello’s Mets career. A PED suspension in 2013 and an injury riddled 2015 season sealed Puello’s fate, and he signed on with the Yankees as organizational depth. Puello’s numbers are far from impressive and he will likely head to AAA to start the season.
  • Wilfredo Tovar: IF Minnesota Twins
  • .294/.333./.353 17 AB’s, 1 R, 5 Hits, 0 HR, 2 RBI, 1 SB.
  • Tovar was signed to a Minor League contract in December with an invitation to Spring Training. Tovar has had a solid spring thus far, and he is trying to win a bench spot on the Twins roster. More likely than not, Tovar will begin the season at AAA for the Twins.

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