Tuesday, November 29, 2011
In 2735 at-bats across eight minor league seasons, Evans posted an .822 OPS, and hit 107 home runs. In parts of four major league seasons, he had a .712 OPS. Frequently shuffling between the major and minors, Evans --who always impressed the organization and much of the fan base with his character and work ethic -- did not see many sustained opportunities with the Mets.
The Mets had been willing to re-sign Evans, despite removing him from the 40-man roster this month. Agar said that there was "extraordinary interest" in his client, and leaving the Mets was a difficult decision for Evans.
Thursday, November 17, 2011
Minor Moves: Mets sign (1B) Val Pascucci & (C /OF) Vinny Rottino to Minor League Contracts, Nick Evans declares Free Agency
The New York Mets today announced they have signed first baseman Val Pascucci and catcher/outfielder Vinny Rottino to minor league contracts and invited both to major league Spring Training.
Pascucci, who turns 33 today, split last season between Buffalo (AAA) of the International League and the Mets. He hit the first pinch-hit home run of his career on September 24 off Philadelphia’s Cole Hamels. The 6-6, 270-pounder appeared in 130 games for Buffalo (AAA) of the International League last season, hitting .264 (117-443) with a team-leading 91 RBI and was presented the Stan Barron MVP award.
A former 15th round pick by the Montreal Expos in the 1999 June Free-Agent Draft, Pascucci made his major league debut in 2004. He appeared in 42 games over parts of two major league seasons for the Expos and Mets, hitting .192 (14-73) with three home runs and eight RBI.
Rottino, 31, spent last season with the Florida Marlins’ organization, playing in 119 games for New Orleans (AAA) of the Pacific Coast League and eight games with the Marlins. The 6-0, 215-pounder hit .304 (142-467) with 10 home runs and 59 RBI for the Zephyrs, earning a nod to the Pacific Coast League All-Star Game. Rottino was promoted to the Marlins on September 6 and hit .167 (2-12). Rottino also appeared in 18 major league games over parts of three seasons for Milwaukee (2006-08), and is a .194 (7-36) career hitter with four RBI.
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.
Friday, September 09, 2011
"I certainly think Nick Evans is showing everybody in baseball that he's a pretty good offensive player and he's also played very, very good at first base," Collins said.
While the Mets haven't given Evans a chance at other positions recently because he's been filling in admirably at first base for Ike Davis, Collins said he's seen Evans in the minor leagues and knows he can do well enough as a utility player. Evans has played first base and the outfield for the Mets, and also has appeared in two games at third base this season.
"I think his bat has shown that he can be a force offensively here. Now, the question is can he do it off the bench or not? That's yet to be seen," Collins said. "I think Nick's play has opened a lot of people's eyes and he's a better player than a lot of people think he was, even mid-summer."
Wednesday, September 07, 2011
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Angel Pagan doubled twice among his three hits, drove in a run and also scored twice for New York, which won for the ninth time in its last 12 games. Justin Turner added three hits and an RBI for the Mets, who won despite leaving 15 men on base.
Mike Cameron belted the tying two-run double with two outs in the bottom of the ninth off Bobby Parnell, but the Mets fended off a Marlins chance with two men in scoring position in the 11th when Ryota Igarashi (4-1) fanned Donnie Murphy.
Pagan singled off Jose Ceda (0-1) leading off the 12th and Jason Bay added a base hit. Evans then singled up the middle to continue his hot streak at the plate, as he has 12 RBI over his last 13 contests.
"I still have a long way to go this year before I can exhale and go into spring training," Evans said about fighting for a starting job next year.
Wednesday, August 24, 2011
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Nick Evans hit a three-run homer and drove in four, as the New York Mets avoided a three-game sweep at the hands of the Philadelphia Phillies with a 7-4 win.
David Wright went 3-for-4 with a solo home run and two RBI while Lucas Duda drove in a run and scored once for the Mets, who snapped a five-game losing streak.
Mike Pelfrey (7-10) got the win after giving up just three runs on nine hits, with two walks and two strikeouts, over six innings.
Shane Victorino drove in two while Chase Utley went 3-for-4 with an RBI and a run scored for the Phillies, who had won five of seven. Kyle Kendrick (7-6) gave up six runs -- two earned -- on seven hits in just four innings.
Friday, July 22, 2011
Evans, 25, has appeared in 17 games for the Mets this year and has a .148/.343/.333 line through 35 plate appearances as a first baseman, third baseman and left fielder.
The former fifth round pick had a .329/.378/.480 line at Triple-A before joining the Mets and he has a career line of .278/.344/.479 in eight minor league seasons.
Evans has played all three outfield positions and both corner infield positions in his brief Major League career.
Thursday, March 31, 2011
The 38-year-old reliever, who was squeezed from the Opening Day roster by Blaine Boyer, has been told his situation will be reevaluated within two weeks.
"I've come this far, two more weeks won't kill me," said Isringhausen, who last pitched in the major leagues in 2009.
The Mets have told Isringhausen they will release him from his minor league contract if another team wants him before extended spring training concludes. But the Mets also have right of first refusal, meaning they could block Isringhausen from joining an NL East rival such as the Phillies, who could seek bullpen help with closer Brad Lidge expected to miss 3-6 weeks.
Johan Santana said it will be "tough" remaining behind at the Mets minor league complex this spring, but he fully expects to return and help the team in 2011. The lefty is continuing his rehab from shoulder surgery, but is not close to throwing from a mound. The Mets are hoping he can return by late June.
"I'm very pleased with how I feel," Santana said. "It feels like everything is getting looser, looser and looser as I throw -- and better."
In other news, Nick Evans cleared waivers and was out-righted to Triple-A Buffalo. Luis Hernandez also cleared waivers and must decide if he will accept an assignment to Buffalo. General manager Sandy Alderson said he expects Hernandez to accept.
Monday, March 28, 2011
Evans probably would have made the Opening Day roster if Carlos Beltran began the year on the disabled list.
Now he'll probably find himself in another organization before the week is through. The results of the waiver process are expected to be known on Wednesday.
Saturday, March 19, 2011
Scott Hairston finished with two hits, including a three-run triple in the fourth inning, helping the Mets to a 7-4 win over the Nationals in Grapefruit League play.
Nick Evans went 2-for-3 with a two-run double in the Mets' four-run first inning, while Daniel Murphy batted 3-for-5 with an RBI.
New York starter Chris Capuano allowed only three hits in 5 2/3 innings, and struck out five.
Jeff Frazier slugged a three-run homer for Washington, while Brian Bixler was 2-for-3 with a solo shot. Starter Jason Marquis gave up six runs on nine hits and three walks in 3 2/3 frames.
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Thursday, March 10, 2011
Surprise, surprise. Carlos Beltran is hurt once again.
After he resumes baseball activities sometime in the next few days, who knows how long it will take our new right fielder to get in baseball shape?
If Beltran is out for an extended period of time, the Mets are going to need a permanent solution to fill the void in right field and in their lineup. Already, there appear to be several candidates the Mets could consider.
I will present a few options and weigh the pros and cons of each decision.
I've heard that a possible platoon between Scott Hairston and Willie Harris could occur.
Hairston has some pop from the right side and has played adequate defense his entire career. He obviously won't be the offensive force that a healthy Beltran could be, but he would do a nice job filling in.
Harris is a superb defender, as Met fans have witnessed countless times especially late in games. He also has hit well this spring and still has good speed.
These two players certainly have experience, but they could also be valuable members of the bench. Their value to the team would be in more of a limited role, since that's what they've done for most of their careers.
I might as well throw Nick Evans' name into the conversation. Evans has been mostly playing the corner infield spots during spring training but now might see some time in the outfield.
Evans is raking so far this spring and is making a bid to make the team, even if just as a bat off the bench.
However, his defense in the outfield is suspect, and it would be an adventure for him at Citi Field. Still, if Hairston and Harris see the bulk of the time, Evans may be needed on the bench.
If Beltran were to be out more than a month or two, it might be a wise decision for the Mets to promote one of their outfield prospects. Kirk Nieuwenheis and Cory Vaughn may need some more seasoning in the minors, so that leaves Lucas Duda and Fernando Martinez as the most major league ready prospects.
Duda has been hitting well this spring and with extended time could put up big numbers: maybe not healthy Beltran numbers but still productive in the middle of the order.
He actually looked decent at times in left field late last season, but once again right field at Citi Field is challenging. With lots of work, Duda could become an adequate right fielder, but the question is whether the Mets have that kind of time?
Now onto F-Mart. He's also been swinging the bat very well this spring. He's young, he can run, he's got some pop, he has a good arm. What's not to like?
The problem is that F-Mart has had a chance to prove what he can do in extended play in the majors, and he flopped.
However, that doesn't mean that he would flop again. The Mets are content with having him play a full season in the minors before handing over the reins (or even exploring a trade option).
With Beltran out though, I wonder if the Mets decide that F-Mart is ready.
In the best case scenario, Beltran's knee tendinitis doesn't prove to be a major problem, and he returns healthy in a week or two.
If that's not the case, my pick for the Mets' right fielder would be Lucas Duda, but also with Scott Hairston getting regular at-bats as well. Maybe it wouldn't be quite a platoon, but Duda could play four games a week and Hairston would play the other two.
We'll see what happens over the next few weeks, but if one of these prospects starts impressing, the name "Carlos Beltran" could be quickly forgotten in New York.
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Originally featured at Mets Merized Online.
Friday, March 04, 2011
Lucas Duda, Nick Evans and Scott Hairston all had two hits to help the Mets claim a 4-3 Grapefruit League win over the Marlins.
Chris Young pitched three innings in the start for the Mets, and gave up an unearned run on two hits and two walks. Evans scored twice, including on Mike Nickeas' sacrifice fly in the eighth inning to put New York in front for good.
Javier Vazquez gave up a run on three hits in a three-inning outing for Florida, and struck out three. John Raynor doubled in a run in the fifth, while Hanley Ramirez had two hits and a walk.
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Thursday, March 03, 2011
Spring Training is only about two weeks old, but already some players are starting to leave an impact on the new manager, Terry Collins.
Regardless of a 2-3-1 record, the team seems to be coming together nicely, especially since the main focus of this offseason dealt with off-the-field issues.
Stats really don't mean too much in spring. Rather, a player's quality of at-bats and defensive presence get noticed more.
A few of the young players have impressed Collins so far.
Nick Evans, who is fighting for a bench position, is making a strong case to make the team. Evans is out of options, so he would have to go through waivers to be sent to Buffalo. Another team would snatch him up in an instant.
He's been hitting the ball hard and will look build on his strong performance from early this spring.
Another young stud of the spring has been Ruben Tejada. We know Tejada is great with the glove. However, it's been his bat that has been holding him back.
Not only is Tejeda hitting well this spring (4-for-8), but his hits are clutch. On a few occasions, he's driven in runs with two outs and runners in scoring position. He's not going be be a power threat, but he could be a solid contact hitter.
I do like the plan the Mets have set forth with Tejada. Due to the uncertainty surrounding Jose Reyes, they will need a back-up plan, whether it be this year or next year.
However, if the second base experiment isn't working out, I wouldn't mind Tejada getting the call. He looked good in his limited time at second last year, but I agree with Collins in that he should be playing everyday in the minors to begin with.
I say this with my fingers crossed, but Fernando Martinez is looking like the prospect that he's been hyped up to be for his entire career.
Martinez is hitting the cover off the ball early this spring. He hit that clutch two-run homer in the first game and laced a double a few games later.
Unlike Evans, Martinez can be sent back to the minors no problem. He'll start at AAA where the Mets hope he can play a full season of productive and, just as important, healthy baseball.
Martinez still factors into the future plans of this club, and he may even be with the team sooner rather than later.
Daniel Murphy has been playing excellent defense, albeit at third base rather than second base. Watch out David Wright, Murph is coming for you! I would like to see more of Murph at second though.
That leads me to Carlos Beltran. We all get on Beltran for always being injured or being unproductive or sometimes shying away from the media, but this guy has always been a class act.
His move to right field has highlighted the first few weeks of spring. Now we just need to see him out there in action.
The Mets will arguably have one of the best defensive (and hopefully offensive) outfields in the majors, assuming everyone stays healthy.
While these have been some of the early positives, Met fans hope that this list continues to grow over the next month. Opening day is officially 30 days away.
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Originally featured at Mets Merized Online.
Wednesday, February 23, 2011
Thursday, February 10, 2011
Tuesday, November 30, 2010
Murphy sustained a mild hamstring strain of the left leg while playing for Aguilas in the Dominican Winter League. There was no loss of motion or strength in the leg. He will rehab his hamstring and return to baseball activities as tolerated.
Martinez felt pain in his right knee while running to first base in a game with Escogido in the Dominican Winter League. An MRI showed mild arthritis in the knee, unchanged from his previous MRI. There was no new injury. He will wear a brace and continue to work on strengthening his knee before resuming baseball activities.
Evans has been recovering this offseason from a posterior labral tear of his left non-throwing shoulder sustained September 29 during a game against the Milwaukee Brewers. He has been swinging a bat back pain-free. A MRI revealed no change and he will progress with baseball activities as tolerated.
Pedro Feliciano has declined the Mets' arbitration offer and will continue to pursue free agency. Read the full news story here
The Mets today announced the re-signing of LHP Mike O’Connor to a minor league contract with an invite to Spring Training.
The 30-year-old O’Conner was 5-2 with six saves and a 2.67 ERA while striking out 70 in 70 innings for Triple-A Buffalo last season.