Thursday, April 26, 2012
Lewis plays all three outfield positions, and has a solid .780 OPS career against right-handed pitchers. Put another way: if the Mets were looking to set Scott Hairston up in a platoon in left or right field, Lewis would be a perfectly reasonable guy to join Hairston in it.
As for Emaus, the patience and power at second base should provide depth there. I think the move tells us that they aren’t sold on Bobby Scales, the second baseman at Buffalo, to step in if the Mets need someone at the position.
I thought Emaus was going to stick around last year after the great spring he had , but he fell short of greatness in the Majors..... Good to see Emaus back in a Mets uniform.
Friday, April 22, 2011
The Rockies, presumably, will stick Emaus at Triple-A Colorado Springs. Had they wanted him for the major league team, they could have simply claimed him off waivers from the Mets before he was returned to Toronto.
Now that Emaus is no longer on a 40-man roster, he can freely be assigned to the minors. The 25-year-old hit .162/.262/.162 in 37 at-bats for the Mets after winning the team’s second-base job in spring training. He was designated for assignment earlier this week when the team decided to instead go with Daniel Murphy and Justin Turner there.
In return for Emaus, the Jays pick up the 27-year-old Malone, who had allowed two earned runs over 4 1/3 innings as a reliever for Double-A Tulsa this season. He had a 4.10 ERA and a 45/27 K/BB ratio in 59 1/3 innings for Tulsa last year, but he is a strong groundball pitcher and the Jays must see something they think he can do better.
Emaus is further insurance for the Rockies in the infield in case they eventually opt to trade Jose Lopez or even Ian Stewart. He’ll likely play mostly second base for Colorado Springs initially.
Thursday, April 21, 2011
Emaus batted just .162 with a .424 OPS across 42 plate appearances, however, and was designated for assignment by New York earlier this week.
According to beat writer Adam Rubin of ESPN New York, the 25-year-old Emaus passed through waivers without drawing much attention from other major league clubs and was returned to the Blue Jays on Thursday evening for a $25,000 fee.
Emaus was assigned to Triple-A and will act as organizational infield depth. Quite a change in three weeks.
Wednesday, April 20, 2011
The combination of Sandy Alderson and Terry Collins is attempting to light a fire under their players. Part of the way they’re going about this is by letting players know that if they don’t show up, they’ll be sent out.
The first instance occurred with Blaine Boyer.
Boyer pitched his way onto the Mets roster in spring training and looked to be a good find. His sinker was working great, which caused him to get a lot of ground balls. Such would be extremely valuable late in games if the Mets were in dire need of a double play.
Boyer pitched so well that the Mets asked fan-favorite Jason Isringhausen to go to extended spring training. Izzy did have injury concerns, which also aided in this decision.
However, things didn’t work out so well for Boyer. He appeared in five games and went 0-2 with a 10.80 ERA. He gave up eight earned in just 6.2 innings—not exactly what you look for out of a reliever.
Rather than ride out Boyer’s hot start in spring training, the Mets cut ties with Boyer in favor of Izzy. Boyer opted for free agency rather than accepting a minor league assignment.
In the most recent example, the Mets sent Brad Emaus back to the minors and called up the rightful owner of Emaus’ roster spot: Justin Turner.
After winning the second base competition basically by default, Emaus couldn’t handle major league pitching. He hit just .162 with one RBI in 37 at-bats, and his fielding wasn’t what it was hyped to be.
Maybe Emaus can turn himself into a Major League player, but it won’t be with the Mets.
Earlier last week, Terry Collins announced that he would give Emaus a set number of at-bats in which to evaluate him. Well, that number turned out to be just seven at-bats; Emaus was 0-for-7.
Daniel Murphy has hit well and surprisingly fielded well, turning in some highlight-reel plays. He and Turner will form the new second base tandem.
The moves of Boyer and Emaus show that the Mets will have a short leash this year. Since they don’t have the personnel or depth of the Philadelphia Phillies or Atlanta Braves, the Mets will need significant contributions for every member on their roster if they expect to compete.
One or two slip ups is all it takes for a fringe team—which the Mets are—to fall way out of contention.
You may be thinking that the Mets aren’t even good enough to be a fringe team. In my opinion, every team right now is a fringe team at least early on in the season.
The teams that got off to fast starts can fade, and the teams that started slow can get hot. That’s the great thing about baseball. That’s the reason they play all the games.
This homestand will prove if the Mets are serious. They play the Houston Astros and Arizona Diamondbacks—two teams that aren’t exactly knocking on the door of a World Series title anytime soon. If the Mets can’t take at least 4-of-6 from these teams, then it may be time to consider panicking.
Even so, we’re still in April, so panic really shouldn’t set in until the summer.
I do have to say, it’s a positive sign that Alderson and Collins won’t tolerate mediocrity. Though the team may not have the strength to make a run this year, the fruits of a winning organization are slowly but surely being planted.
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Tuesday, April 19, 2011
Emaus, a Rule 5 pick from the Blue Jays, earned the second base job out of Spring Training but only received 42 plate appearances to establish himself.
If he's not traded or claimed in the next ten days, the Mets have to offer him back to the Blue Jays (or work out a trade to keep him in the organization). If another team picks up Emaus, they'll still be subject to the Rule 5 restriction of keeping him in the Majors all year.
Emaus, 25, hit .290/.397/.476 in 534 plate appearances for the Blue Jays' Double and Triple-A clubs last year, playing second and third base.
I feel bad for Brad Emaus because I thought he could handle the Majors, but the Mets are in flux and they need offensive numbers to produce runs...Good Luck Brad
Monday, April 18, 2011
Two of the prospective buyers of the Mets, Stevie Cohen and Anthony Scaramucci, are known to be close to ex-Mets manager Bobby Valentine. The Wilpons are trying to sell a large minority stake in the team with the understanding they'd retain control of the operation of the team. But it would be interesting if a new partner wanted to bring Valentine in to manage.
Fred Wilpon has resisted hiring Valentine since firing him following his very successful run in Queens from 1996 to 2002, which included the first back-to-back postseason appearances in franchise history in 1999 and 2000.
But a vocal limited partner could bring Valentine's name back into play. Valentine, at the Yankees-Rangers game Sunday night for ESPN, was asked about the possibility of this happening, and he replied, "Why would I want to do that? I have a great job.'' Friends of Valentine's believe his managing career isn't over.
Terry Collins predicted his Mets would go 9-2 over an 11-game stretch but that isn't going to happen, since they lost the first three. But Collins helped the Mets to a win over the Braves on Sunday by employing starters Chris Capuano and R.A. Dickey in relief to break a seven-game losing streak.
The Mets have made several mental mistakes this year, and outfielder Angel Pagan inexplicably seems to have regressed.
Meanwhile, Brad Emaus, the Rule V pickup at second base, hasn't impressed many. "He looks like a Quadruple A player,'' one competing GM said.
Saturday, April 16, 2011
"When Brad Emaus made this club, there were some things discussed, and one of them is to give him a legitimate chance," said Collins, who talked with GM Sandy Alderson Friday morning. "Putting him in and out of the lineup -- we're not going to get answers out of that, so I got him back in there."
The alternative is to play Daniel Murphy , who seems like a better option. But the Mets are not ready to cut ties with Emaus after selecting him in the Rule 5 draft, and a team official acknowledged that such players are given greater leeway because of their special roster status.
When asked to define "legitimate chance," Collins said he has a number of at-bats in mind, but he chose not to reveal it. As another team official explained, the trial period likely does not involve a particular time frame, just a feel for whether Emaus is capable of being a productive major-league player.
Said Collins, "I think it's a qualified number that we'll get a good idea of how he's going to do."
Source: Dave Lennon/ NY Newsday
Thursday, April 07, 2011
1. David Wright is still a really good player. He fell out of the "SportsCenter" highlights during that 10-homer season in 2009, but hit 29 last season. If he gets his OBP back in the .390 range, he’s one of baseball’s best third baseman, a step below the Ryan Zimmerman/Evan Longoria duo.
Monday, March 28, 2011
Blue Bird Banter Writer Tom Dakers thinks Brad Emaus was a mistake to be left on table @ the Rule V Draft:
"I still think it was a mistake to have left Emaus available to in the draft. If he could be given a starter's role in the majors, he had some value. We could have gotten something for him if he had no value to us.
I know to add him to the 40-man roster, someone would have had to be moved off it. I can't believe there wasn't someone that wouldn't have been picked in the draft or wouldn't have any value to the Jays. Sean Henn perhaps? Can you imagine anyway he ends up pitching for the Jays?
Saturday, March 26, 2011
- Jason Isringhausen told Mike Puma of The New York Post that he will not accept a minor league assignment if he does not make the Mets out of Spring Training.
- There's a possibility Izzy would go to Extended Spring Training if his swollen elbow isn't fully healed though.
- Rule 5 pick Brad Emaus has the Mets' second base job locked up "no matter whether they pretend there's still a competition ongoing."
- "There is a very good possibility we will keep both our Rule 5 picks" Alderson said, in regards to Pedro Beato and Brad Emaus.
- The GM said that Emaus' Rule 5 status was a major reason the team gave him every chance to win the second base job this spring. "If he was not a Rule 5 draftee, he wouldn’t have presented the immediacy that he does," Alderson said. "If he’s not the starting second baseman, I’m not sure how much he helps us in a bench role. At least at the outset, you’re going to give him every opportunity."
- Fan sentiment "came into play" in Luis Castillo's release, Alderson said. The Mets "became aware about the sentiment in New York for [Castillo and Oliver Perez]....It's difficult to overcome that, so you evaluate player performance against presumption in the minds of the fans." In Perez's case, Alderson said the southpaw just didn't pitch well enough to make the roster, so the fans' thoughts were moot.
- Alderson says if the Mets are in contention, the club will have the money available to add a player if necessary.
- Alderson thinks his team's farm system is underrated but he says the Mets "need to be more aggressive and successful in developing players out of the draft."
- If the Mets have a reduced payroll next season, they should still be able to re-sign Jose Reyes if they wish, given the number of contracts the team has coming off the books this winter.
Thursday, March 24, 2011
Wednesday, March 23, 2011
Sunday, March 20, 2011
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
Thursday, March 17, 2011
Update - Sporting News: Castillo and Emaus are frontrunners for 2B, Heyman seconds Castillo "to be a slight favorite"
According to Sports News:
Incumbent Luis Castillo and Rule 5 pick Brad Emaus are considered the front-runners in the competition to start at second base for the New York Mets, according to the New York Daily News.Lets take OBP (On Base Percentage) into consideration, both Castillo and Emaus get on base..Money ball theory/strategy... There is still week left in competition, let see what happens .....everyone is speculating.....
Since the off season, there has been speculation that Castillo would need a strong spring to save not only his starting job but also his roster spot. Castillo, who will make $6 million in the final year of his contract in 2011, is hitting .286 this spring. Emaus is hitting .227.
"I don't think anybody has broken away from the pack," general manager Sandy Alderson told the Daily News. "One would like to see some separation, but maybe we'll see that in the next few days."
The Daily News speculates that Daniel Murphy, another contender to start at second base, will end up in a reserve role. And although they still are in the mix, Luis Hernandez and Justin Turner are considered to have only an "outside chance" to win the job.
According to Jon Heyman, Luis Castillo remains a “slight favorite” to win the Mets’ second base job.
Tuesday, March 15, 2011
In response to a report naming Luis Hernandez as Terry Collins' preference, one Mets person said, referring to a Mets infield prospect: "Why did we send [Jordany] Valdespin down?"
The answer: Because evaluations are based on 2010 showings far more so than spring-training showings.
Rubin also mentions he continues to hear Collins would prefer not to have Castillo on the roster.
Saturday, March 05, 2011
9. Brad Emaus 2B, NYM (#227 overall)
Born 3/28/1986 (24 years old)
A polished infield prospect via Tulane, Brad Emaus projects as a solid-average major league second baseman in the near future. He spent most of 2010 idling in AAA, slashing .298/.395/.495 (with 25 doubles and 8/10 steals) as a 24 year old, which means he should really receive MLB duty in 2011. Left unprotected by the Blue Jays in the December Rule V Draft (2010), he'll try to stick on the Mets bench for 2011.
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From what I seen so far this spring, I believe Brad Emaus can be just as good as Dan Uggla with a better glove and OBP (On Base Pct.). Be a nice platoon between him and Murphy..
Friday, March 04, 2011
Both Backman and Teufel think that it is going to be a platoon situation with Daniel Murphy getting most of the AB's because of more righties in the league. Backman thinks that Murphy can play everyday because of the work he has put in. Backman also said that Brad Emaus has natural mechanics at second base, especially when it comes to turning double plays.
Can you smell the Murphy/Emaus platoon?
Both openly admitted that Luis Castillo has to fight for the job, that it won't be just handed to him.
Watch the full video for yourself:
Thursday, February 24, 2011
"It's exciting," Emaus told ESPN.com after being selected by the Mets. "I was happy the Mets are giving me an opportunity to come over here and possibly showcase what I can do in spring training."
By plucking him from the Toronto Blue Jays organization, following two years in Toronto's minor-league system, Emaus was brought to New York with the intention of making the club.
He is currently among a mix of Mets second base candidates with Luis Castillo, coming off an injury-plagued season, as well as Daniel Murphy and Justin Turner.
With the position changes from more of a defensive sparkplug in the past to a current reputation for power-producers like Atlanta's Dan Uggla and Philadelphia's Chase Utley, the Mets are hoping to keep pace with the rest of the National League East this year.
"Second base has become to me an enormous offensive position," Collins told the Associated Press Wednesday. "Why? I'm not really sure except some of the guys that have been playing there recently have put up huge numbers at second. ... It's become an offensive position, so to me that's a big piece of the puzzle."
Wednesday, February 23, 2011
“Second base, to me, has become an enormous offensive position,” Collins said. “Why? I’m not really sure, except some of the guys that have been playing there recently [Chase Utley, Dan Uggla] have put up huge numbers at second."
"But it’s become an offensive position, so to me that’s a big piece to the puzzle, especially when you’ve got that guy [Ike Davis] playing first base that can eat up so much ground over there. It helps out."
Again, I am going to stick to my belief that Murphy and Emaus will platoon at 2B - DD