Tthe Mets will be busy scrimmaging Team Cape Cod (selected 17/18 year old players from all over the Cape) this week before the season opener.
This may be a little strange for Hyannis reliever Kevin Moran (Boston College), who spent two summers with Team Cape Cod. Moran, an '07 Barnstable High School grad, is one of the few local players that have ever been selected to play a full season on the Cape. He is BC's star reliever, but he will most likely be a fan favorite that will earn some starting opportunities.
The Mets have collected an all-star bullpen that will most likely seep into the rotation. Returning to the Mets from last year is Colin Bates (UNC). In '08, Bates posted a 2.85 ERA for the Mets and started 7 games. At UNC, Bates shares duties as closer and leads the team in saves. Joining Bates is Ryan Duke (Oklahoma), who is the full-time star stopper for the Sooners. Thomas Girdwood* (Elon) ended his season with more saves than Duke (15), though with a higher ERA. And then there's Chris Haney (Dallas Baptist), who shares closer duties for the Patriots.
In the early innings, the Mets will look for southpaw Casey Harman (Clemson) to fill the shoes left by teammate Graham Stoneburner. They also have five other starters with plenty of experience.
The Mets batting lineup is highlighted by Cody Hawn (Tennessee), who ended his '09 college season with a 10th inning 2-run home run.
Hawn finished his stellar first season as a Volunteer ranked second in home runs (22), third in RBIs (81) and seventh in slugging percentage (.773) in school history. [utsports.com]
Hawn is joined by slugger Eddie Rohan (Winthrop) and a pair of sophomores from ECU: Dustin Harrington (SS) and Trent Whitehead (OF). The ECU Pirates were the stars of Conference USA baseball this spring, and Harrington and Whitehead were key contributors. There are also several players on the Mets with '09 season averages well above .300.