The Mets will be prepared to play without Wright, if that becomes necessary. There has been discussion about 2B Daniel Murphy moving to 3B if Wright is out for an extended period of time. Ronny Cedeno and Justin Turner will be used on limited basis if Wright needs another couple of games off. Lets understand that if Wright, or anybody else goes on the DL, the corresponding roster move does not have to play the exact same position as the person going on the DL. The move can simply be somebody to give the Mets a bat off the bench, something they can use right now. One player who will not make this list is former 1st round pick Reese Havens, who has yet to play this season. INF Wilmer Flores is at A St Lucie and will not be making the jump. Lucas May, who I liked in spring training, is a natural catcher where he will stay for the time being though he was playing 3B, 1B and OF last month. Here is, in my opinion, the ten most likely Mets minor leaguers to join the team if Wright goes on the DL.
10. Jefry Marte: Marte could be a possibility if the injury requires Wright to be out for multiple months, which is probably not the case here. He is playing at AA Binghamton and hitting .375 (6-16) with 2 2B, 1 3B and 3 RBI. He is only 20 years old, and it would make sense to let him play this full season in AA before he is called up to the majors. But, it is worth noting, he is the best infield option in AA at this point.
9. Adam Loewen: Loewen was in the running for a bench spot on the big club in spring training, but he simply could not cut it, at this point. The converted pitcher is only 28, in spite of spending almost four years as a top pitching prospect with the Baltimore Orioles. He has some power, but strikes out a ton. At this point, he is hitting .158 (3-19), 1 HR, 3 RBI for AAA Buffalo. This does not bode well for Loewen, but there is a chance Loewen gets a call at some point this season, especially if he can hit close to what he did last year for AAA Las Vegas.
8. Michael Fisher: Fisher is 27, and has bounced around a little bit starting out in the Atlanta Braves organization. He is playing for Buffalo right now, but is coming off the bench (0-5). He has the makeup of being a utility player, which would be the main reason he could be considered. If one of the next players get called up, it could lead to Fisher getting more playing time. If that happens, it could lead to Fisher getting some MLB time later in this season.
7. Omar Quintanilla: I liked what I saw out of Quintanilla in spring training. He can clearly play SS, 3B or 2B and is known for his defense. So far, he is hitting .261 (6-23) at AAA Buffalo with 2 2B and 3RBI. He is not a power hitter, so for the Mets he'd have to be a utility player. But, he will probably not give you any more than what you get from Cedeno or Turner.
6. Bobby Scales: Scales was just signed to a minor league contract as the season started. He last appeared in the majors with the Cubs in 2010 going 4-13. He has gotten off to a good start for Buffalo, hitting .400 (6-15) with 2 2B and an RBI. He also has the ability to play muliple infield positions, but similar to Quintanilla, would not be an everyday player option. At 34 years old, he was added to provide some depth at AAA, and I would not be surprised to see him called up for a brief game or two and sent back down.
5. Valentino Pascucci: Though Pascucci (33) is not a 3B, the Mets could benefit from him coming off the bench. He could play OF, if needed, and has more power than Mike Baxter, making him more of a threat later in games. He is also hitting the ball well, .286 (6-21) with 4 HR and 7 RBI early on for Buffalo. Too much time has passed for Pascucci to become a future star, but he would be a useful bench player for the Mets.
4. Josh Satin: Satin got a cup of coffee with the Mets at the end of last year. He becomes an option since he is on the 40 man roster, which keeps the Mets from having to delete a player. Satin is not known as a good defensive player, but plays 3B and 1B and could play 2B if needed. The 27 year old is hitting .261 (6-23) with 1 HR and 3 RBI so far. Because of his 40 man roster status, it is likely he will be brought up before some of the before mentioned.
3. Vinny Rottino: Rottino almost made the team out of spring training. Along with LHP Daniel Herrera, Rottino was among the last cuts. Two things hold him back. He is not on the 40 man roster, which would force the team to make a move to put him on the roster. Also, he is more of a role player rather than an everyday player. He plays several positions (1B, 3B, LF, CF, RF, C) and is the type of player I'd like to see for a week or two, if necessary. I think it would be positive to see if he could land a spot on the bench after playing for a couple of weeks. Rottino is hitting .292 (7-24) with 2 2B and 3 RBI for Buffalo. He clearly could help the Mets at some point this season.
2. Zach Lutz: Lutz missed his September call-up last season due to a couple of injuries. He is probably the most major league ready 3B option in the organization right now, as he plays good defense and has become a tough hitter to get out in the Bisons line-up. He is hitting .333 (7-28) with 2 HR and 5 RBI and would be worth seeing out there on a regular basis, if for nothing else, see if he is a viable major league option for the future. Also a 40 man roster guy, the 25 year old is likely to see some time in the big leagues this season.
1. Jordany Valdespin: Valdespin had a very good spring and has won over the crush of many Mets fans. He is currently playing CF but is a natural 2B who can play SS and 3B. He is currently hitting .226 (7-31) with 1 HR and 3 RBI for the Bisons leading off. Though there have been questions about his attitude, he clearly has the skills to play in the major leagues. He is only 24 and continues to improve at the plate. He hit 17 HR last season and stole over 30 bases, though mostly for AA Binghamton, but he will be a regular player in the near future.
Hopefully, no move has to be made on Wright. The team is clearly better with him in the lineup. Eventually, if not now, the Mets will have to place another regular player on the DL. I do feel they have some dependable options in their minor leagues. Valedspin, Lutz and Marte could eventually be MLB regulars, as well as Havens (if he could stay healthy) and Flores (if he can hit his way out of A). The rest could be viable options on a bench which could not get any thinner.