Southpaw Peterson, who was the organization’s first pick in the 2017 draft, impressed team officials during spring training and summer camp, when he emerged as a depth of potential rotation.
“This kid has a good demeanor and he presents himself as this guy who wants to compete and get you out,” manager Luis Rojas said. “He’s always looking, he’s always asking questions, I like his pitchability when it comes to repertoire and also controlling the running game and lining up his position, there’s just a good bundle there. A great guy to have in the pool, on the taxi team for any strategy or any reason that might come into play. ”
Erasmo Ramirez is another possibility to start if the Mets don’t pick Peterson.
Pete Alonso, who came in 1 for 11 (0.091) was among the Mets’ most notable at home, before leading 1 for 5, with a home run that left Fenway Park at 116 mph in Monday’s win.
« [Alonso] is in pursuit, ”Rojas said ahead of the game. “I saw his front foot just land on the top leg, sometimes overtaking, which leads to getting beaten on the fastball. You overtake and create more speed on the fastball. What I like is his attitude towards him. He is able to maintain his attitude and he wants to see what he is doing.
“He’s someone in control with his emotions and his coaches are on him, he can make quick adjustments so that’s what we expect from Pete right now.
Yoenis Cespedes was absent from the starting line-up after starting the first three games as a DH. Rojas has indicated he is giving Cespedes rest and wants to bring Dominic Smith’s bat into the lineup. Smith started out as DH.
Tyler Bashlor has been recalled from the Mets’ alternate camp to take up Corey Oswalt’s roster space. Oswalt was selected after pitching four innings in relief on Sunday and allowing five runs.