Andy McCullough/The Star-Ledger, Brad Emaus is a front runner for the 2B competition.
Now that Castillo is gone. To clear the second-base field, general manager Sandy Alderson leveled a $6 million roadblock. Emaus still stands, granted a chance to show his minor-league prowess can translate to the next level.
Emaus must hit to fit here.
“Everybody has expectations,” said Emaus, who walked twice in five plate appearances Saturday. “But it’s not like I set certain ones where this guy’s got to be out of the race, or I’ve still got to be in it by this time. It’s just I came in to work hard.”
Three challengers remain. Daniel Murphy struggles in the field. Luis Hernandez struggles at the plate. And Justin Turner — like Emaus, an undersized former college star who clobbered Triple-A pitching last season — has minor-league options.
Emaus, who played under assistant general manager J.P. Ricciardi in the Blue Jays organization. Because of his Rule 5 status, the Mets must offer him back to Toronto if he does not make the 25-man roster.
He fits the “Moneyball” caricature: a better hitter than fielder, a player who draws walks and sees a lot of pitches, a player with deceptive power.
One league executive called Emaus a “statistical-analysis kind of player” who fits what “those guys would be looking for.”
I like Emaus, but he is has to prove that he can handle it everday. I still have my thoughts that it will be Murphy and Emaus together on Opening Day