Mets pitcher David Peterson during a spring training workout on Feb....

Mets pitcher David Peterson during a spring training workout on Feb. 16 at Clover Park in Port St. Lucie, Fla. Credit: Newsday/Alejandra Villa Loarca

WEST PALM BEACH, Fla. — David Peterson is in major-league camp for a second spring training in a row, and his goals for the next month or so relate directly to joining the Mets for real later in the season.

“Learn as much as I can from the veterans, get my work in, build up for the season,” said Peterson, 24, the Mets’ first-round draft pick in 2017. “And try to help this team at the highest level at some point this year.”

Making his Grapefruit League debut Monday in the Mets’ 2-1 win over the Nationals — their first victory of the exhibition season — Peterson tossed two scoreless innings with two strikeouts. He allowed one hit and walked none.

Perhaps more important than his line, Peterson’s fastball regularly hit 94 mph, according to the stadium radar gun. That is a slight uptick from his low-90s norm last year. He credited the increase to better use of his lower half, a focus of Mets pitching coaches and the topic of a talk between Peterson and fellow pitcher Rick Porcello.

“Really worked my legs in the offseason, might as well use them during the season,” the 6-6 lefthander said. “Really trying to tap into getting the most out of my lower half that I can.”

Manager Luis Rojas said of Peterson’s outing: “His repertoire was playing. Changeup was really good. I like the angle on his fastball. It was good. Great outing for him. We’re looking forward to seeing more of that in spring training.”

Peterson posted a 4.19 ERA in 24 starts with Double-A Binghamton.

Lugo takes step forward

For Seth Lugo (fractured left pinky toe), his metaphorical step forward Monday was many literal steps forward. He ran — at an estimated 65% of full speed, he said — for the first time since stubbing his toe a week ago.

Up next is agility drills and cutting on Tuesday, followed by a bullpen session Wednesday. If that goes well, he will participate in fielding drills and throw live batting practice in the days after.

“That’s the real test,” Lugo said. “I can pitch. It’s just a matter of playing my position, too.”   

Extra bases

Wilson Ramos said he is pleased with the early returns of the offseason work on his swing, which he tweaked in the hopes of hitting balls in the air more often. In two at-bats Monday, he hit a long home run to leftfield — well over the leftfield bullpen and a second tall wall — and ripped a double down the leftfield line . . . Edwin Diaz is scheduled to pitch Wednesday behind Noah Syndergaard . . . Rojas spent part of his Monday morning chatting with former Mets manager/current special assistant to the general manager Terry Collins. “It’s good to have Terry around, always,” Rojas said. “A lot of knowledge of the game and a lot of knowledge of the organization.”  




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