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Mets announce first round of roster moves

Smith, Guillorme among those reassigned to Minor League camp
MLB.com @AnthonyDiComo

PORT ST. LUCIE, Fla. -- Nine Mets prospects departed Major League camp for the final time on Saturday, and were given the day off -- a chance to golf, fish or just relax before reporting to Minor League camp. Those nine, including No. 2 prospect Dominic Smith, represented the Mets' first wave of cuts.

Others on the cut list were pitchers P.J. Conlon, Kevin McGowan, David Roseboom, Corey Taylor and Logan Taylor; infielders Phillip Evans and Luis Guillorme; and outfielder Champ Stuart.

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PORT ST. LUCIE, Fla. -- Nine Mets prospects departed Major League camp for the final time on Saturday, and were given the day off -- a chance to golf, fish or just relax before reporting to Minor League camp. Those nine, including No. 2 prospect Dominic Smith, represented the Mets' first wave of cuts.

Others on the cut list were pitchers P.J. Conlon, Kevin McGowan, David Roseboom, Corey Taylor and Logan Taylor; infielders Phillip Evans and Luis Guillorme; and outfielder Champ Stuart.

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Smith, who should open the season as Triple-A Las Vegas' starting first baseman, batted .185 with 10 strikeouts in 27 Grapefruit League at-bats. He did, however, showcase on multiple occasions what scouts see as potential Gold Glove defense. Reporting to camp 24 pounds lighter than last year, Smith is coming off his finest season as a professional, as he hit for a .302 average with 14 home runs in 130 games for Double-A Binghamton.

"The thing I was impressed at was he came to camp in great shape," Mets manager Terry Collins said. "I think he's going to be a big league player. I think he's going to hit."

Guillorme also made waves in Mets camp, most notably for catching a bat barehanded from the dugout railing. On the field, the defensive-minded shortstop hit .240 with a home run in 25 at-bats.

Video: MIA@NYM: Guillorme catches Hechavarria's errant bat

Among the Mets' top overall spring performers was Evans, who hit .364 with two home runs in 22 at-bats. He hit .335 with eight home runs at Binghamton last year.

Mets manager Terry Collins also said Friday that Tim Tebow is unlikely to make any additional appearances in big league camp, after going 0-for-7 in two games this week. Because he was never a member of the Mets' official camp roster to begin with, the team did not have to include him on its list of cuts.

With 23 days until Opening Day, the Mets have 48 players left in big league camp.

Anthony DiComo has covered the Mets for MLB.com since 2008. Follow him on Twitter @AnthonyDiComo and Facebook, and listen to his podcast.

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