The Mets announced on Thursday that Peter Alonso and Tim Tebow are among 13 additional players who will be invited to spring training.
Alonso, the slugging first-base prospect, will have a chance to make the big club if he impresses in Florida, general manager Brodie Van Wagenen said in December.
The Mets didn’t even call up Alonso in September last season, but that was under the previous regime. Van Wagenen visited with Alonso in Arizona shortly after getting the job and is high on the 24-year-old, who hit 36 home runs combined in Double-A and Triple-A last season.
Former Heisman Trophy-winning quarterback Tebow, who is expected to begin the season with Triple-A Buffalo, will continue his quest to make the major leagues.
The other players invited to spring training on Thursday are Long Island product and lefthanded pitcher Anthony Kay, lefthanders P.J. Conlon and David Peterson, righthanders Ryder Ryan, Corey Taylor, Josh Torres and Stephen Villines, catchers Patrick Mazeika, Colton Plaia and Ali Sanchez and infielder Andrés Giménez.
The Mets previously invited eight other players to spring training: lefthanders Luis Avilán, Ryan O’Rourke and Héctor Santiago, righthander Arquimedes Caminero, outfielders Grégor Blanco, Rajai Davis and Rymer Liriano and infielder Dilson Herrera.
Pitchers and catchers will report on Feb. 12, with position players reporting on Feb. 16. The first full-squad workout is scheduled for Feb. 18.