Mets prospect David Peterson off to solid spring training start

WEST PALM BEACH, Fla. — David Peterson’s goal for this season is to contribute for the Mets at the major league level.

A first-round pick in the 2017 draft, the left-hander made a solid impression on team officials last year in spring training. His 2020 camp got off to a good start Monday, when he pitched two shutout innings as the starter in the Mets’ 2-1 exhibition victory over the Nationals.

“I thought Buffalo and I were on the same page and it felt good to get back out there and compete again,” Peterson said, referring to catcher Wilson Ramos.

Peterson, who pitched collegiately at Oregon, spent last season at Double-A Binghamton, where he went 3-6 with a 4.19 ERA in 24 starts. It’s expected he will begin this season at Triple-A Syracuse, providing the Mets with further rotation depth. The Mets already have six veteran starters for five spots in the rotation.

His goals for this spring?

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“Learn as much as I can from the veterans, get my work in, build up for the season and try to help this team at the highest level at some point this year,” Peterson said.

Ramos led the Mets offensively, hitting his first home run of the spring before delivering a double in his ensuing at-bat.

“That’s what I was working on in the offseason, trying to put a better swing on the ball and not cutting my swing,” Ramos said. “I was cutting my swing last season, so that made me go around the ball and hit a lot of ground balls.

“This offseason I was working. I was trying to stay through the ball and not cut my swing. That helped me keep the ball in the air and not hit too many ground balls to the left side.”

Seth Lugo is scheduled to run Tuesday for the first time since fracturing the pinky toe on his left foot. The right-hander indicated he will likely throw from a mound Wednesday, but wants to ensure he has agility in the foot for fielding plays. Lugo threw from a mound over the weekend and reported no significant discomfort.

Edwin Diaz’s debut this exhibition season is scheduled for Wednesday, pitching behind Noah Syndergaard against the Astros.

Erasmo Ramirez was impressive in a two-inning relief stint in which he held the Nationals scoreless and struck out four in the Mets’ 2-1 exhibition victory Monday in West Palm Beach, Fla. The right-hander Ramirez, a non-roster invitee to camp, has pitched eight seasons in the major leagues.

Jordan Humphreys allowed one run on two hits in the sixth for the Mets, but the right-hander escaped the inning with the lead.

Luis Rojas experimented with a lineup that put Jeff McNeil and Brandon Nimmo atop the batting order, ahead of Pete Alonso. McNeil and Nimmo finished a combined 3-for-6.

Michael Wacha will debut in a Mets uniform Tuesday, facing the Tigers in Lakeland, Fla. Daniel Zamora and Kevin Smith are among the Mets’ other scheduled pitchers.

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