Mets manager Luis Rojas spoke with the media on Saturday, after addressing the media for the first time this spring just a day prior.
He spoke about J.D. Davis, who has obviously made strides with his bat but remains a question mark defensively. Rojas praised the progress he’s made in the field, and even called him a versatile player.
“Defensively, he’s come a long way…,” Rojas said. “He’ll be one of those guys at third base.”
Rojas also spoke to both the rotation and the bullpen, in terms of the progress the Mets have made in those areas and the depth they’ve acquired.
“There’s some arms here in camp,” he said. “Guys on the roster and guys on minor league deals. Their goal by the end of camp is to be able to throw multiple innings.”
Rojas said that “the competition is always going to be alive” when talking about the rotation, especially after the team singed Taijuan Walker. Beyond the starting five, they have guys like Jerad Eickhoff and Joey Lucchesi waiting in the wings, and even left-handed pitching prospect Thomas Szapucki, who Rojas said threw a great side session.
As for the bullpen, Rojas said it’s too early to start defining roles, describing it as “not healthy.” However, he did say that the newly acquired Trevor May profiles to pitch in high-leverage situations.
May also spoke to the media, saying that he’s willing to pitch in any role the Mets need him.
“I’m one of those guys who just looks you in the eye and says give me the ball, let’s get the job done,” May said.
One guy who has been big for this Mets pitching staff is pitching coach Jeremy Hefner, as he’s garnered praise from Rojas as well as from multiple players.
David Peterson, who is currently slotted into the backend of the rotation, said that Hefner “does his homework” and knows every single guy. Hefner should be a huge asset in getting this Mets pitching staff back on track.