Nick Evans Down, Lucas Duda Up
Nick Evans has been designated for assignment by the New York Mets.
In his place, Lucas Duda has been promoted from AAA Buffalo.
There is a possibility that Duda would have been promoted instead of Evans a few weeks back, but Duda was injured at the time. Though he struggled with the big club in April, Duda has been hitting .302 with a 1.011 OPS in AAA.
Meanwhile, Evans’ time with the Mets has been dismal — he was hitless in 12 at-bats and drew 5 walks.
I have mixed feelings about this move. First of all, Evans didn’t get much of an opportunity to show what he could do. The bulk of his 17 plate appearances came off the bench. He suited up 21 times but was in the starting lineup only four times — never twice in a row. So he never really had a chance to get into a rhythm or get his timing — which is a problem when you have a long swing like he does.
On the one hand, you can say he had a dozen at-bats and didn’t do anything with them. Fair enough. Also, Dan Murphy started his hot streak around the same time Evans was called up, so it didn’t make sense to take Murph out. On the other hand, it might have been nice to see Evans get a string of three, maybe four starts in a row — perhaps split among 1B, 3B, and LF, against both lefties and righties, to see what he can do (he played 10 AAA games at 3B). Maybe we’ll see this happen later in the year, when the Mets are no longer concerned with rousing the fantasy of a postseason appearance. But hey, you’d rather watch Scott Hairston get more at-bats anyway, right?
As for Duda, his promotion makes complete sense since he’s been killing the baseball as a Bison. He’ll get into the starting lineup immediately as Jason Bay continues to ponder the meaning of life. Now here’s an interesting thought: what if Duda stays hot in MLB and goes on a tear? Does Bay watch Duda from the bench?
I’m interested to hear your thoughts on the Evans demotion and Duda promotion — post your notes in the comments.