Paul is a freelance writer, blogger, and broadcast technology professional residing in Denver. A New Jersey native, he is a long-suffering Mets fan, a recently-happy Giants fan, and bewildered Islanders fan. He's also a fair-weather Avalanche and Rockies supporter. In his spare time, he enjoys the three Gs: Golf, Guitars, and Games.
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Mets Draft Smith, Church

The Mets used their first round pick, 11th overall, to select high school first baseman Dominic Smith. Read Amazin’ Avenue’s assessment here.

Smith was arguably the best prep hitter in the draft and projects to be a plus fielder and hitter. SiriusXM’s MLB Network Radio compared him to David Ortiz with the bat, and Adrian Gonzalez with the glove.

Some mock drafts had the Mets taking college 1B/3B D.J. Peterson (who eventually went 12th to the Mariners), but decided to go with Smith. Peterson has a “point A to point B” swing, and seems like a more polished hitter at this stage of his life, but Smith is projected to have a higher upside.

With their second pick, 48th overall, the Mets took prep RHP Andrew Church. Here’s his assessment.

Church is kind of a risky pick. He’s a fairly hard thrower (90-94), but is very rough. He’s playing for his third high school, and has a history of locking horns with his coaches. To be fair, I obviously don’t know the kid, and shouldn’t pass judgement, but it sounds like a risk to me. He’s a true “upside” guy who will take some time to develop. How his attitude develops remains to be seen.

The draft continues today.

By the way, for full draft coverage, few bloggers do a better job than St. Lucie to Flushing. Check it out.

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Heyman: Tejada to DL

Well, it looks like the decision to keep Ruben Tejada on the major league roster or demote him to Triple-A just got a little easier.

Tejada injured his quad while sliding for a popup in the ninth inning of last night’s 9-4 victory over the Yankees.

Omar Quintanilla was pulled from last night’s Las Vegas 51s game, and will likely join the Mets today to replace Tejada on the roster.

 

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Mets Short on Shortstops

 

Cecchini is still a few years away.

Cecchini is still a few years away.

Ruben Tejada has taken a big step back in his development this year. At times, he’s just been plain bad.

He’s hitting .209/.269/.264. He does have 10 doubles, which is good for second on the team, but that may speak more to the makeup of the roster than it does to Tejada’s extra base hitting ability. As a shortstop, a team will usually put up with a lack of offense as long as you play solid defense. But Tejada hasn’t done that.

He’s already made 8 errors (6 of them throwing) after making only 12 last year. A look at advanced fielding metrics, which is still somewhat of an inexact science, shows his rPM (Plus/Minus runs saved above average) at -7. I’m not going to pretend I know exactly how this is calculated, but it’s not good. His rPM last year was -3.

You don’t need a supercomputer to see how he’s struggled in the field, however.

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Link Roundup: Davis, Prospects, and The 7 Line

It’s time for our second annual “Should The Mets Demote Ike Davis?” discussion. Rumor has it, demotion is once again a possibility for the struggling first baseman, just as it was last year at this time. Davis somehow pulled it together in June of 2012 and kept himself in the majors, finishing the season with 32 home runs. If it’s possible, Ike looks even more lost this year, however. Davis has a microscopic .487 OPS through 40 games this year. After his 40th game last year, he had a .518 OPS (which is only slightly less awful).

Adding insult to injury, Davis made a boneheaded play that cost the Mets at least one run in the first inning of last night’s game.

Also, according to Andy Martino of the Daily News, Ruben Tejada and Jordany Valdespin may be on the same flight to Las Vegas in the near future.

Meanwhile, there’s a new Mets minor league blog in town, created by the good folks over at Mets Merized Online. Check out their story on RHP  prospect Noah Syndergaard.

In the good news department, T-Shirt purveyor Darren Meenan has done a great job of organizing large groups of Mets fans to attend games at Citi Field. This past weekend, he got 505 Mets fans from all around the country (and from two other countries) to attend the three-game set at Wrigley Field in Chicago.

When all is said and done, isn’t that what baseball is about? People getting together to watch ballgames. Of course, it would be a lot more fun if the Mets were winning…

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Searching for Rays of Hope

London to Brighton Veteran Car RunSo, the Mets have lost 6 games in a row, and have fallen to 14-23, 6.5 games behind the NL East leading Atlanta Braves here on May 16th. Besides Matt Harvey, the starting rotation has been horrible, besides Bobby Parnell, the bullpen has been unreliable, and the Mets’ offense, which lit up opponents the first two weeks of the season, has gone colder than Jeffery Loria’s Grinch-like heart.

This has left even the most loyal and upbeat Mets fans in a funk, and has even prompted some to ask for divine intervention. But it can’t be this bad all year, can it?

Instead of another Mets blog post about how bad this team is, let’s try to find some rays of hope in this otherwise gloomy pallor of baseball.

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Mets Sign Ankiel, Starts Tonight

Rick Ankiel already helped the Mets once – during the 2000 playoffs.  Now they’ll hope he can help them again (in a more traditional sense).

The Mets signed recent Astros castoff Rick Ankiel today.

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.

Apart from his arm, Ankiel doesn’t provide much of an upgrade in the outfield.  His last really good offensive season came in 2008, when he hit 28 home runs.  This year, he has a .715 OPS which is less than that of the other left-handed hitting outfielders Mike Baxter and Valdespin.

Looks like Sandy Alderson is trying to catch lightning in a bottle.  Or maybe the team was secretly hijacked by Omar Minaya.

Andrew Brown was optioned to Triple-A.

So there’s that.

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