Posted by Mack Ade at 12:04 PM
Exactly what does it take to get a promotion to the major leagues? We all know Mike Hessman can’t seem to get one, though all he keeps doing is lead the AAA in home runs for the last 117 years. Take Jesus Felciano. He wins the Mets player of the year last year for his .311/.348/.382/.730 numbers at Buffalo and all he’s doing so far this year is .403/.448/.503/.951. I know the Mets don’t want to eat the 2-year contract on Gary Mathews Jr., but what signs are they sending if numbers like this can’t even warrant a utility, pinch hitting role for a player who has made the grade? Come on, guys.
It looks like Nick has his game back on track. He hit two more home runs last night and raised his AA-stats to: .286/.354/.542/.896, plus 10-HR, 32-RBI in 168-AB. The problem is what to do with him. He’s back to playing first base for Binghamton, but Buffalo has enough of them, with Mike Jacobs and Daniel Murphy. And, we don’t have to talk about how hard it’s going to be to move Ike Davis off the bag. No, it looks to me that Evans is in perfect position as trade bait, especially as part of a package around the all-star break, for a starting pitcher, like Roy Oswalt.
I finished a piece on Frederick a few days ago, talking about the dominant job he has done at St. Lucie, plus the fast start he was off to in Binghamton. I have been a big fan of Emary since he played for Savannah and, in the piece, I had speculated that he might be back on the fast track again. Well, it looks like I was wrong. He stumbled twice for thw B-Mets and was demoted back to St. Lucie this morning. Frederick is 26-years old and looks to be headed in the wrong direction. This upsets me. He always had the talent to succeed, but there seems to be other factors preventing him to pitch consistently.
I checked the Buffalo box score the other night and saw that new second baseman Jason Turner had three hits last night. Then, I noticed something else. He wasn’t playing second base. Instead, he was on short and guess who was over at second? Yup, it was Ruben Tejada. Is this something we should get used to… again? Are the rumors of Luis Castillo being shopped around true? I guess this styory will continue…
SK: “I had to learn it, but to be honest it didn’t take me very long. As soon as I got to pro ball, I had some good coaching, some good tutoring, from legends. There was Bobby Ojeda—everyone that was in the Mets' organization when I got drafted there. I learned pretty quickly that that’s the key. You’ll find that your teammates will like you a lot better, too.”
BP: What did you learn from Bob Ojeda?
SK: Pretty much everything about the game. You can go as far as preparation, before a game, preparation the day of, before a game, preparation the four days in between. Even during the game, like how you approach hitters. How you breathe out there, how you relax and how you slow the game down when times get tough out there. With runners on and nobody out, you want to slow the game down a little bit. You don’t want it to start snowballing and get overwhelmed - link