Showing posts with label Rick Ankiel. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Rick Ankiel. Show all posts

Sunday, June 09, 2013

Mets News: Nieuwenhuis Back with Big Club, Rick Ankiel DFA'd


Mets News:


After Rick Ankiel went hitless in four at-bats and struck out three times in Saturday's 20-inning game off the bench, upping his futility streak to 2-for-his-last-35, the Mets designated the outfielder for assignment and will promote Kirk Nieuwenhuis from Triple-A Las Vegas.

Nieuwenhuis has eight homers in 16 games with the 51s since May 22, although overall he is hitting only .232 with 40 strikeouts in 142 at-bats in Triple-A. Terry Collins recently was told by Wally Backman that Nieuwenhuis' at-bats had improved, and he's only subject to maybe one plate appearance a game with lapses.

Nieuwenhuis made the Opening Day roster, but was demoted April 23, when Juan Lagares joined the major league club. Now, they can form a lefty-righty hitting tandem in center field if Collins chooses.

Ankiel, picked up after being dumped by the Houston Astros, will finish his brief Mets career having hit .182 with 25 strikeouts in 66 at-bats. Overall, he has K'd 60 times in 128 major league at-bats this season.

Monday, May 13, 2013

Mets News: Mets Sign Rick Ankiel, In Tonight's Lineup


Mets News:


Rick Ankiel is starting in center field on Monday night for the Mets.

Andrew Brown has been dispatched to Triple-A Las Vegas.

Terry Collins said the lefty-hitting Ankiel and righty-hitting Juan Lagares will platoon in center field. That's a blow to Jordany Valdespin, who Collins said may play some second base if Daniel Murphy continues to struggle.

The Mets hope a change of scenery will help Ankiel, as it did at least initially with John Buck.

Ankiel has missed on 42 percent of his swings this season -- worst in MLB and 10 points higher than Josh Hamilton, according to ESPN Stats & Information.

Rick Ankiel's Career Stats:
Year Tm AB R H 2B 3B HR RBI SB CS BB SO BA
1999 STL 10 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 3 .100
2000 STL 68 8 17 1 1 2 9 0 0 4 20 .250
2001 STL 8 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 5 .000
2002 Did not play in major leagues (Injured)
2004 STL 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 1 .000














2007 STL 172 31 49 8 1 11 39 1 0 13 41 .285
2008 STL 413 65 109 21 2 25 71 2 1 42 100 .264
2009 STL 372 50 86 21 2 11 38 4 3 26 99 .231
2010 TOT 211 31 49 13 1 6 24 3 1 26 71 .232
2010 KCR 92 14 24 7 0 4 15 1 0 7 29 .261
2010 ATL 119 17 25 6 1 2 9 2 1 19 42 .210
2011 WSN 380 46 91 20 0 9 37 10 3 29 96 .239
2012 WSN 158 15 36 10 2 5 15 1 3 12 59 .228
2013 HOU 62 6 12 3 0 5 11 0 0 3 35 .194
11 Yrs 1855 253 450 97 9 74 244 21 11 157 530 .243
Provided by Baseball-Reference.com: View Original Table
Generated 5/13/2013.

Sunday, January 29, 2012

Mets looking to add lefty outfielder bat for their bench


Andy Martino of the Ny Daily News reports with Spring training is three weeks away, the Mets off-season work might not be complete.

According to two team insiders, the club is looking for a veteran left-handed bat for the bench, and is shopping in the aisle that includes Rick Ankiel, Kosuke Fukudome, Raul Ibanez and Johnny Damon.

Ankiel or Fukudome could provide Terry Collins with a lefty pinch-hitter, occasional platoon partner for Jason Bay, and insurance against an injury to, or disappointing performance from, Bay, Lucas Duda, or Andres Torres.

After Willie Harris signed with Cincinnati, the Mets were left with two unproven players, Mike Baxter and Adam Loewen, as their options for the lefty off the bench.

Most major league managers prefer veterans in that role, because those players are accustomed to the unique challenges of irregular play and pinch-hitting — and because developing players are best served playing every day in Triple-A.


FUKUDOME'S STATS

GPABRH2B3BHRRBIBBSOSBCSAVGOBPSLGOPS
2011 Regular Season146530591392738356111046.262.342.370.712
Career572188826249111013421912993932928.260.361.399.760

ANKIEL'S STATS

GPABRH2B3BHRRBIBBSOSBCSAVGOBPSLGOPS
2011 Regular Season12238046912009372996103.239.296.363.659
Career540163523240284764218142436208.246.309.423.732

Friday, November 04, 2011

2012 Mets Free Agent Focus: Center Field - Pagan Out, New Candidates In


Pagan has dropped the ball
According to Andy Martino of the NY Daily News, there is a uncertainty of Angel Pagan’s future with the Mets since his attempt to be Carlos Beltran’s replacement last season.

The team is still debating whether to cut ties with its center fielder.

If they decide to proceed without him, the Mets could shop Pagan and, if that fails, nontender him. In that scenario, which has been a solid possibility since midsummer, the Mets will likely seek a strong fielder - and an affordable one.

Team insiders - While noting that Pagan might still return, have not shot down the notion, and point out that Ankiel, the free agent who earned $1.5 million last season with the Washington Nationals, might be precisely the type of short-term replacement for Pagan that the Mets are seeking.

The difference in salary between Pagan, 30, and an alternative such as Ankiel is key. The Mets are trying to cut payroll by about $30 million, a project that requires trimming around many edges. Pagan is talented and enjoyed a breakout year in 2010, but will likely be awarded about $5 million in salary arbitration this winter.

Ankiel, 32, batted .239 last season, with a .296 on-base percentage and a cannon arm in the outfield. The offensive numbers are far from quality, but Pagan’s on-base percentage was just .322, he pursued fly balls in circuitous fashion and lobbed them toward the infield, all while alienating his manager and many teammates with what they perceived as a sour disposition.

Several times last season Terry Collins tried to connect with Pagan, calling him into the office and asking why he was sulking. A positive clubhouse presence the year before, Pagan seem troubled by his dip in performance in 2011. Although he enjoyed a far better season at the plate than Ankiel did, some Mets officials strongly believe that Pagan will not be a good fit next year.

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