Saturday, November 12, 2011
Evans, 25, is hamstrung by both his position (first base) and his continued struggles against major-league pitching. The Mets are planning for Ike Davis to make a full recovery from his ankle woes of 2011, and also have Daniel Murphy available as a capable backup.
Plus, Evans posted just a .718 on-base plus slugging percentage in 194 plate appearances last season. His calling card is his ability to hit right-handed hitters, but the value there is low.
Pridie, 28, appeared in 101 games for the Mets in 2011. He joined the club in April after Angel Pagan experienced his injury, and never left. His production was low — just a .679 on-base plus slugging percentage — and manager Terry Collins did not utilize him often. In July, for example, Pridie made 22 plate appearances.
Wednesday, May 25, 2011
Though setbacks have delayed their return to action, Angel Pagan, David Wright and Ike Davis will eventually be healthy enough to play.
In fact, Pagan is expected back in the lineup this Friday.
While last night’s game was a poor indicator, the Mets have actually played some good baseball without three of their regulars players. Some young guys have stepped up when needed, especially Justin Turner and Jason Pridie.
Pridie has shown enough to keep him on the roster. He can be a serviceable fourth outfielder, and can spot-start while Pagan readjusts to the big leagues.
When Pagan comes off the disabled list, most likely Nick Evans or Fernando Martinez will be the first to be sent to the minors. Evans has become a forgotten man on the bench, while F-Mart needs to play every day to keep improving for the future.
Probably sending down F-Mart would be the smartest option at this point. Evans is quickly losing value, so keeping him buried as insurance on the bench is better than taking playing time away from F-Mart.
Though this decision seems to be an easy one, what happens when Wright and Davis are ready to return?
Turner has established himself as a regular on this team, whether at second or third base. He’s not going anywhere once the regular corners return.
Daniel Murphy started off this season well with the bat and the glove, but he has cooled down significantly offensively. He needs to regain his stroke, so he can be a platoon partner with Turner once Davis returns.
Assuming he isn’t sent down when Pagan returns, Evans should be back down once Davis returns.
When Wright eventually comes off the disabled list—which may be longer than expected—Ruben Tejada will likely head back to Buffalo. If his offense can ever come around, he has the glove to be a regular.
However, sending down Tejada would eliminate the only other player on the roster who can play shortstop. Jose Reyes has been phenomenal, but what if he gets hurt? This would be something to consider in shaping the roster once everyone is healthy.
Meanwhile, Willie Harris and Scott Hairston are clogging up bench spots. The two combined have been a complete disappointment. Harris is on a minor league deal, which may work against him if the Mets are fed up with his performance.
So far, no team has really run away with the division, so if the Mets can stay afloat as their stars are healing, we could be in store for an exciting summer—assuming the Fred Wilpon refrains from any more comments directed at his own players.
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Friday, May 06, 2011
Jason Pridie put the Mets in front with a three-run homer off Hiroki Kuroda in the sixth inning, and New York held on for a 6-3 win over the Los Angeles Dodgers in the opener of a three-game set.
Despite their fifth loss in six games, the Dodgers did have a bright spot as Andre Ethier extended his hitting streak to 30 games. Ethier, who has been dealing with elbow inflammation, went 3-for-5 to move within one game of Willie Davis' club record.
"It's neat, but it's not helping snap this little skid we're on," Ethier said of the streak. "It's a nice personal thing, but besides that we need to start figuring out ways to get this thing going."
The Mets earned back-to-back wins behind Pridie's blast, as well as three extra-base hits from Jose Reyes.
Ryota Igarashi (2-0) got the win in relief behind Jon Niese, who gave up three runs on seven hits and three walks over 5 2/3 innings.
Kuroda (3-3) was staked to a 3-2 lead on Juan Uribe's RBI groundout in the fifth inning.
But with a runner on second and two outs in the sixth, Kuroda opted to intentionally walk Ike Davis, who homered off him earlier in the game.
Friday, April 22, 2011
Pagan had hoped to return in a few days, but clearly the Mets didn’t want to play short-handed in center field given their commitment to keeping former center fielder Carlos Beltran in right field no matter what.
Rubin reports that Jason Pridie will replace Pagan on the roster, coming up from Triple-A to bat eighth in the lineup tonight. Pridie was once considered a decent prospect, but now he’s a 27-year-old career minor leaguer with his third organization and has hit just .273 with a .738 OPS in 376 games at Triple-A. He’s a fifth outfielder at best, so the Mets will definitely miss Pagan.
Thursday, January 20, 2011
They will be on the waiver wire for the next ten days and the Mets could always look to trade them .It is likely that neither of these players will be claimed since they both have very little major league experience.
Both Stoner and Pridie will likely be brought to Spring Training to try to regain their spots on the 40-man roster if they clear waviers and stay with the Mets.