Showing posts with label Second Base Job. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Second Base Job. Show all posts

Sunday, November 20, 2011

Future Star: Jordany Valdespin could possibly win the 2B job this spring

Remember the name Jordany Valdespin, He was on the Mets 40 man roster in 2011 and invited to shared some time with the team last spring. He started his season in Binghamton with Wally Backman and moved his way to the Triple-A level with Tim Teufel , who now is the Mets 3rd base coach..

Valdespin could be the answer the Mets are looking for at second base. The Mets also have Justin Turner and Daniel Murphy, who could get a shot playing there everyday or might get the 3rd baseman job by default, if David Wright is traded this off-season.

There a couple of reasons to like Valdespin.. For One, The kid hits and hits for power.  Valdespin big lefty swing had 17 HRs with 32 doubles and 3 triples last year combined between Binghamton and Buffalo... He also hit .294. combined with a .333 OBP. (which should improve over time). Valdespin also has some speed, as he swiped 37 bases (Combined).. His speed can compensate the loss of Jose Reyes, which so far looks like a reality coming to the Mets..

Jordany Valdespin right now is playing for the Tigres del Licey in the Dominican Winter League where he only batting .220 in 59 AB's, but has time to improve that since the league ends 12/21/11...

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Saturday, April 16, 2011

Mets going to give Emaus a "legitimate chance" to develop into the everyday second baseman

NEW YORK, NY - APRIL 08:  Brad Emaus #4 of the...Image by Getty Images via @daylife
Terry Collins said Friday that despite his early growing pains, Brad Emaus is going to be given a "legitimate chance" to develop into the everyday second baseman. That was reinforced when Emaus was in Friday night's starting lineup against righthander Derek Lowe before the game was rained out.

"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
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Monday, March 28, 2011

Blue Bird Banter: "It was a mistake to have left Emaus available to in the draft"

PORT ST. LUCIE, FL - FEBRUARY 24:  Brad Emaus ...
Now that Brad Emaus was quietly named the second basemen for the Mets.

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?

Thursday, March 24, 2011

Emaus Proving He Belongs on Team

PORT ST. LUCIE, FL - FEBRUARY 24:  Brad Emaus ...Image by Getty Images via @daylife
Rule 5 pick Brad Emaus went 4-for-4 with a homer and a double Thursday in the rout of the Cardinals.

Emaus, who was leading the Mets' second base competition , may have wrapped up a starting job today. 

He was hitting just .216/.341/.270 entering the game, but now he's all of the way up to .293.

As predicted, I said  Emaus and Murphy will lead the way at 2B. Brad Emaus sees himself as a gap hitter with double power and the Mets broadcast booth compares him to Ty Wigginton. I like the combo of Murphy and Emaus because they are two hard working kids who like to compete and are hungry to win. 
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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.

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.
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.....

Update: 3:05PM

According to Jon Heyman, Luis Castillo remains a “slight favorite” to win the Mets’ second base job.

Daniel Murphy, Chin-lung Hu Best Options at 2B

Mets manager Terry Collins has said that he would like to get each of his potential second base candidates some more at-bats over the next few days as he starts to whittle down the playing field.

Reports surfaced earlier this week that Collins wanted Luis Hernandez to be the Mets starter at second base. However, those reports were quickly shot down and might have only been done to light a fire under the other candidates.

Today we learned that Daniel Murphy is likely out of the competition and will be used more as a super-utility player. If that's the case, at least Murphy should have a spot on the team.

That being said, Murphy is starting to today at second base, so it begs the question of whether or not he's really still in the competition.

Since all along Collins and Sandy Alderson have been saying that they want second base to be an offensive position, why on earth would they settle for Hernandez?

Hernandez is a .245 career hitter who's played for three different teams. Maybe the Mets are hoping this Hernandez hits like Keith? That's unlikely.

Hernandez has looked decent at the plate so far this spring but in limited action. He'll be starting at shortstop today.

He's out of options, so he would have to clear waivers before being sent to Buffalo. Most likely, another team in need of middle infield depth would pick him up. However, would that be the worst thing that happens?

The Mets have other players out of options, most notably Nick Evans. I would rather see the team keep Evans as a bench player than have Hernandez as the starting second baseman.

If Collins and Alderson are true to their word, Murphy is the answer at second base. Unfortunately, Murphy hasn't had enough chances in the field, especially on double plays, to show he is ready.

Murphy has six doubles this spring and has driven in seven runs. He would be a nice compliment to the back end of the Mets lineup.

I was at first worried that if Murphy was the starter at second, the bottom of the order would be chock full of lefties. Murphy, Ike Davis and Josh Thole all bat left-handed.

However, if the Mets were to face a tough left hander, Ronny Paulino could get a start behind the dish, and Chin-lung Hu, not Brad Emaus, could slide in at second.

That's right: Chin-lung Hu. Hu could also be a late defensive replacement for Murphy.

Though Hu has swung the bat well this spring, Hu/Murphy would by no means be a platoon. I guess it would be a defensive platoon if such a thing existed.

Murphy would start and hopefully get a few hits and drive in some runs. If the game is close late, Collins would insert Hu defensively to sure up the middle infield, especially if a double play is necessary.

If this was the case, the following would all have to occur. Emaus gets sent back to Toronto; Luis Castillo gets released; Luis Hernandez is either picked up by another team or sent to Buffalo; Justin Turner appears destined for Buffalo anyway since he has options left; the Mets would likely have to carry Nick Evans to provide some right-handed punch off the bench because they wouldn't get that from Hu.

The speculation will continue to evolve in the coming days about which player or combination of players will man second base. What I presented combines the Mets best offensive and defensive player.

In a perfect world, this could work great. However, what if the Mets are in a tie ballgame in the fifth inning and the opposing team has the bases loaded with one out. A slow chopper is hit out to Jose Reyes who flips to Murphy, who then botches the double play, which allows two runs to score and keeps the inning alive. The Mets fall behind which usually spells their fate.

It's a tough call either way, so I'm glad I'm not the one making the decision. I definitely don't think Hernandez is the answer, but other than that it's really just a guessing game until we find out who is.

Maybe Murphy's Irish luck will allow him to open some eyes today during St. Patrick's Day.

Follow me on Twitter@JMMancari.

Originally features at Mets Merized Online.

Tuesday, March 15, 2011

Second Base Job Update

According to Adam Rubin of  ESPN NY, Multiple Mets personnel said no decision has been resolved on second base, and the speculation continues to be Brad Emaus or Luis Castillo will emerge as the second baseman, with Daniel Murphy also on the roster.

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.

Mets ready to dump Castillo for Hernandez?

For most of spring we been hearing how Daniel Murphy has almost been granted second base now that Terry Collins is manager. Now we are hearing that Luis Hernandez has been named the front runner for that position.

The New York Post has it that Mets Manager Terry Collins is ready to dump 35-year-old Castillo, who is owed $6 million this season, right off the roster and name 26-year-old Luis Hernandez(notes) as his starter on the second sack.

The paper notes that Collins needs to convince the front office of his decision but that he's "confident he will have final say in the matter after hearing opinions from his coaching staff, general manager Sandy Alderson and special adviser J.P. Ricciardi, among others."

Castillo has asked to be released if the team doesn't plan to start him, the Post reports.

"I know I can still play," Castillo said, according to the paper.

Hernandez is hitting .417 this spring with appearances in six games so far.

Thursday, February 24, 2011

Brad Emaus is looking to make his mark at 2B

Emaus is one of four second basemen being looked at by Mets first-year manager Terry Collins for this year's starting job after being taken in the Major League Rule 5 Draft last December.

"It's exciting," Emaus told 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

Collins wants a offensive second baseman

Adam Rubin of ESPN NY asked Terry Collins  if there was a number one factor that existed in determining who wins the second base job between Brad Emaus, Daniel Murphy, Luis Castillo and Justin Turner, Terry Collins again stated offense is priority. That would boost the chances of  Brad Emaus and Daniel Murphy and diminish the chances of  Luis Castillo (wishful thinking).

“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
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