New York Mets Player Evaluations: Outfielder Ryan Cordell

The very athletic Ryan Cordell came to the New York Mets in 2020 after two seasons with the Chicago White Sox. Cordell played in 97 games in 2019 but saw minimal action during his first season in Flushing. The Mets released him at the end of June before resigning him just a couple of days later. They ended up waiving him on October 26 to make room for Robel Garcia on the 40-man roster.

Cordell had all the athleticism anyone could look for in a baseball player but his offense trails behind. He came into the season as a .205 career hitter but was a tremendous defensive player. It was why the Mets decided to sign him as a free agent for Spring Training originally.

Defensive Specialist

Cordell only started two of the five games he played in and went 1-for-8 on the season. He struck out in three at-bats, all coming on breaking balls. It was Cordell’s Achilles heel in 2019 as he only hit .194 against the breaking stuff. Cordell’s only hit of the season came on the fastball, where six of his seven homers were against in 2019.

His defense and speed are no joke. Cordell played a good defensive outfield in his limited chances and had a sprint speed in the top 5% in baseball. Whether or not his future as a Met continues, he is a good depth option for outfield defense.

2020 Grades On 20-80 Scale (2021 Projection)

Hitting: 20 (20), .202 career hitter.

Power: 20 (25), .328 career slugging percentage.

Run: 60 (60), 4.19 sec average home to first in 2019.

Arm: 50 (50).

Defense: 60 (60).

Overall: 20 (25), Comparable to Billy Hamilton just with less speed and more power.

New York Mets: Michael Wacha Dominates Intrasquad Game

New York Mets, Michael Wacha

The New York Mets played another summer camp game to get themselves ready for their weekend exhibition series against the New York Yankees. Michael Wacha stole the show with a terrific pitching performance as he tries to assure the Mets he can fill Noah Syndergaard‘s absence.

Wacha pitched five no-hit innings, which included an extra batter in some of the innings. He struck out four batters on only 69 pitches, with the only baserunner coming on a Dominic Smith error. After the long layoff, the pitchers usually have the upper hand on the hitters. Wacha still looked sharp, his changeup strong as ever, and improved his curveball from 2019.

Any Offense?

Wilson Ramos and Ryan Cordell both added home runs in the matchup. The blue squad defeated the white squad 3-1 but also received encouraging signs just based on the players who could take the field. Jed Lowrie, Yoenis Cespedes, and Robinson Cano both played in the game and came out of it without any issues.

Cano and Cespedes also added hits for the blue team while J.D. Davis recorded the only hit for the white team. Lastly, the Mets release some of their fan cutouts that will be in the stands during the season.

New York Mets: Syndergaard and Diaz Opposite Spring Debuts

Wednesday’s matchup between the New York Mets and Houston Astros came with plenty of headlines. Noah Syndergaard and Edwin Diaz made their first appearances of the Spring, and the villain Astros made their first trip to Clover Park. Syndergaard was dominant, Diaz struggled, and the Astros were booed.

Syndergaard had his good stuff working over his first two innings of work. He only allowed one hit and struck out two batters, both with his revamped slider. The slider looked brand new from 2019 with a more downward tilt and got four swings and misses on it.  Syndergaard’s velocity on his slider was in the 97-98 range as expected, with the four-seamer touching 99.

Diaz Struggles

Anxious was the word that summed up Diaz’s first outing of the Spring. He gave up three runs on two hits while striking out one over his only inning of work. The inning was no different than the ones that defined his horrible 2019. Electric stuff but inconsistent location. All three hits we hit extremely hard, and everything was center cut. The poor outing could be first outing jitters, but nothing was promising, which is an early concern.

Ryan Cordell was a late entrant into the Mets lineup but made a considerable impact, building on his strong Spring. He went 2-for-4 with a homer and a diving catch in Center Field. Cordell is 4-for-11 through his first four games. Despite being a minor league invite to camp, his strong play is giving him an outside chance at a roster spot in the future.

Thursday in Jupiter

The Mets travel to Jupiter on Thursday to take on the Miami Marlins as Rick Porcello makes his second start. He allowed a run on two hits during his first outing of the season against the same Marlins. Miami is the final undefeated team in Spring Training and hopes to make it six in a row to begin the Spring schedule.