Mets Promote the Versatile Cory Sullivan

cory-sullivanAccording to several reports, the Mets have placed pitcher Fernando Nieve on the disabled list and promoted Buffalo outfielder Cory Sullivan. Sullivan will wear uniform #19 and should be available at some point during tonight’s contest vs. the Nationals.

Per Jerry Manuel, and posted on Bart Hubbach’s Twitter page, Sullivan was chosen over Nick Evans because Sullivan is “more versatile”.

For those unaware, the lefthanded-hitting Sullivan has played 253 MLB games in centerfield, 27 in left field, and 14 in right field. He is, essentially, redundant to Jeremy Reed. He is batting .290 with 2 HR and 16 doubles in 286 AAA at-bats this year, playing mostly in CF. To my knowledge, he has never played first base nor any other infield position (he is also a lefty thrower). But what does that matter? The Mets have Fernando Tatis, Jeremy Reed, and Livan Hernandez to back up Dan Murphy at 1B.

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  1. sincekindergarten July 20, 2009 at 6:41 pm
    The Hernandez comment was jaw-dropping. But SNY is saying that he said he was joking right after he uttered that comment.
  2. Jackson July 20, 2009 at 11:20 pm
    Cory is the kind of player baseball fans used to respect and appreciate, a yeoman who is as solid as they come on defense and consistent, albeit not flashy, on offense. He appreciates a single during a rally more than a lone homerun at some insignificant point in the game. Good luck Cory. I hope the Mets organization appreciates you more than the Rockies did.
  3. Murph July 21, 2009 at 1:19 am
    Did anyone ever find out why Wily Mo Pena was let go from AAA Buffalo?

    It wasn’t because of a glut of first basemen on the major league level.
    And it wasn’t because of poor performance at AAA.

    So what is the deal?

  4. joejanish July 21, 2009 at 1:22 am
    SK – Strange, because Manuel said he was more serious about Livan at 1B than when he suggested John Maine as the closer last summer.

    Jackson – thanks for the input. Assuming your assessment is correct, then Sullivan truly is redundant to Jeremy Reed. I’m only too happy to see another hard-nosed gamer on the field. The Mets will still lose more than they win, but at least they’ll show us an effort.

    Murph – I heard that Pena was ticked off when Nick Evans was promoted instead of him a few weeks back, and requested his release. Haven’t heard any confirmation on that, and also haven’t seen him re-sign anywhere else. Anyone else have an update?

  5. mic July 21, 2009 at 6:50 am
    Cory: I commented this 2-3 weeks ago, back when French and pagan weren’t here. Cory was the only player left in the organization who might actually hit a ball. NOW i guess this is a window dressing oppurtunity of a player who was a big part of the Rocks playoff run not that long ago.

    BTW- Subtract Murph and french and i dont think the Mets win yesterday…AND kudos to French who hit his FIRST inning double to drive in a second run EARLY in the game …as opposed to Sat when he left 3 on. I am quite optimistic on French who (ala Church) will have lowered expectations, but yet is a (young) former 100 rbi guy (2006-2007). Reed is still here (i think) as bait also.

    See Metstradamus, RE Tony Bernazzard. That post in conjunction with the bally-hooed vote of confidence (for Omar and Jerry) leads to believe there will be a major coaching and front office shakedown and TB and Razor will be cut.

  6. TheDZA July 21, 2009 at 9:07 am
    I’m fr*ggin tired of hearing about Bern and his influence on the front office – does anyone know what he actually does?! I mean as in help the franchise, not as in come into work/spill coffee/blame it on nearest underling/throw darts at Kevin Millars face on office dartboard…
    I’m pretty sure I recall he pissed off Delgado before he came to the Mets? When the Mets were ‘courting’ him and he went to the Marlins instead (albeit for a season or so). Anyone remember that?
    He should be first to go.
  7. isuzudude July 21, 2009 at 10:00 am
    I believe Sullivan was called up for several reasons. 1) The Mets didn’t want to keep using options on Nick Evans, just to send him back down again when Niese or Figgy are promoted to start in Nieve’s place; 2) The Mets are very righty-heavy off the bench right now (Berroa, Tatis, Santos) and so Sullivan gives them a lefty pinch-hitting bat; 3) I don’t see how Sullivan is more versatile, considering Evans has played 1B and 3B before, but he is certainly better defensively, which I’m sure the Mets value now after watching how the defense has cost them so dearly this season; 4) Evans was just up here and, let’s face it, he’s not major league ready. Even if Sullivan is just another Reed, that’s still a .280 hitter with a solid OBP and low K rate.

    Murph: I heard the same thing Joe wrote. He requested his release and the Mets granted it. In my eyes he’s a malcontent with a big hole in his swing. No use crying on this one.

    Regarding Bernazard: It seems like any news that mentions Bern is negative. If he’s really this big of a d1ck I can’t fathom why the Mets would want him. He reminds me of Grima Wormtongue from the Lord of the Rings (for you sci-fi geeks out there).

  8. Hollywood Tandy July 21, 2009 at 10:24 am
    Cory Sullivan…wasn’t he an 80’s movie teen idol?
  9. […] Fernando Nieve’s thigh tear will cost him six weeks on the DL. Jonathan Niese is likely to start on Saturday in his place. Rob Neyer says it’s about time. In the meantime, New York called up Cory Sullivan. […]
  10. joejanish July 21, 2009 at 11:29 am
    DZA – Jeff Wilpon trusts Bernazard IMPLICITLY. Unless / until that changes, he’s the man. Our best hope is that Bernie Madoff’s scheme will force the Wilpons to sell the club.

    ‘dude – the Mets already burned their option by sending Evans back down. If they send him down once, twice, fifteen, or a hundred times in a season, it still counts as one option. Options go by year. On the other hand, the Mets will burn an option on Sullivan if they demote him before the season is over. I’m not sure whether he has any left.

    Hollywood – yeah, I think he was in ‘The Lost Boys’ and maybe a few John Hughes flicks. And now he’s all growned up, a regular Chuck Connors!

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  12. Tyler Clarke July 12, 2010 at 12:20 pm
    my mom has a coffe franchise near seattle and she earns a lot from it~,,