Mets’ Francisco Lindor talks working with Mark Vientos, first impression of Jett Williams

Francisco Lindor reported early to Mets camp in Port St. Lucie and has already started working with many of the young players there, including  Mark Vientos and Jett Williams.

Vientos, who played at third and first base with the Mets last season, needs some seasoning on the defensive end but can always get some pointers on offense -- that’s where Lindor hopes to help. The slugging right-hander got a head start on his defensive training this offseason when he accepted an invitation from Lindor to work with him in Puerto Rico.

Wednesday, it was more of the same for Lindor and Vientos.

"Just trying to be consistent and staying on our feet," Lindor said of what he was working on with Vientos. "He’s a good player, he just has to be more consistent and pay attention to little details."

Williams, the Mets’ No. 1 prospect, is also looking to impress the organization as a non-roster invitee this spring.

The infielder finished in Double-A last season and was primarily a shortstop across three levels in the minors in 2023 -- with some center field sprinkled in -- so it’s good that he's getting to meet and work with one of the best defensive shortstops in the game.

SNY contributor Joe DeMayo projects Williams will be up in 2025, so it's good that he and Lindor -- who is signed through 2031 -- get to know each other.

"He looked good. I’ve heard nothing but good things," Lindor said of Williams. "I heard he can play defense, can hit, has a good eye, can run, he can do it all. The best thing I heard was he’s a good kid. Besides the talent, being a good teammate, on and off the field, matters a lot."

Mets pitchers and catchers will report to spring training on Feb. 14, with the first full squad workout taking place on Feb. 19.