2010 Mets Evaluations

2010 Analysis: Jason Bay

So I thought I was finished with the evaluations, then realized that I somehow missed Jason Bay. Most likely it was because he didn’t appear on the official 40-man roster when I put together my list of players to write about back in October. But, the fact I completely forgot about him speaks volumes about […]

2010 Mets Evaluations

2010 Analysis: Angel Pagan

If not for R.A. Dickey, Angel Pagan would be the Mets’ runaway team MVP. Miraculously, Gary Matthews Jr. and not Angel Pagan was the 2010 Opening Day centerfielder. Think about that for a moment. Now that you’ve thought about it, was it any surprise that the previous management regime is history? After looking like a […]

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2010 Analysis: Jesus Feliciano

Through 13 minor league seasons, all Jesus Feliciano did was hit, hit, and hit some more, posting a career .285 batting average while playing solid outfield defense. However, he didn’t do much else. For example, he didn’t get on base very often until fairly recently, he didn’t do anything extraordinary on the bases, and he […]

2010 Mets Evaluations

2010 Analysis: Nick Evans

How do we evaluate a player who had only 37 plate appearances at the Major League level? A difficult, if not impossible task. Evans fought his way back to the bigs after a terrible slump that pushed him down to AA in 2009. He began the ’10 season in AA as well, smacking 17 HRs […]

2010 Mets Evaluations

2010 Analysis: Lucas Duda

On the same day the Mets traded Jeff Francoeur, the Mets also announced the promotion of Lucas Duda, who jumped from AA to AAA and hit a combined .304 with a .398 OBP, .967 OPS, and 23 homers in 115 games. Big things were expected by big youngster from the Mets fanbase, who were yearning […]

2010 Mets Evaluations

2010 Analysis: Chris Carter

The Animal impressed manager Jerry Manuel early on in spring training, and became an immediate fan favorite for his energy, intensity, all-out play, and likable personality. His story and swing were so well received that it was something of a disappointment when he didn’t go north with the big club in April. But the demotion […]

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2010 Analysis: Carlos Beltran

It’s hard to evaluate Beltran’s 2010 season, since he only appeared in 64 ballgames, and the first 30 or so could have been considered “spring training games”. Beltran was not ready to play minor league baseball when he returned to MLB just after the All-Star Exhibition, but Omar Minaya and Jerry Manuel were desperate to […]

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2010 Analysis: David Wright

It has to be tough being David Wright; if he doesn’t win the Triple Crown and a Gold Glove while leading the Mets to the playoffs, his season is a disappointment. OK, maybe it’s not that bad, but many fans have great expectations for the Mets’ answer to Derek Jeter. In some ways, deservedly so […]

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2010 Analysis: Ruben Tejada

After it was discovered that Jose Reyes would miss several weeks of spring training and Opening Day due to a thyroid problem, the 20-year-old Ruben Tejada was suddenly thrust into a big-league job – with backup from wily veteran Alex Cora. In truth, Tejada was nowhere near ready for prime-time, despite the hoopla provided by […]

2010 Mets Evaluations

2010 Analysis: Jose Reyes

On paper, Reyes was not even the third-best shortstop in the NL East going into 2010. Hanley Ramirez, Jimmy Rollins, and Yunel Escobar all had excellent seasons in 2009 while Jose spent most of the year on the DL. However, by the time 2010 ended, Jose had found his way back toward the top – […]

2010 Mets Evaluations

2010 Analysis: Ike Davis

I will be the first to admit I didn’t think Ike Davis would do as well as he did, as quickly as he did. My projection was for Davis to spend at least another half-year in the minors, and join the Mets at some point in July or later – after it was clear the […]

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2010 Analysis: Luis Hernandez

Watching Luis Hernandez limp around the bases was excruciating yet inspiring; the image will forever be etched in my mind. He absolutely commanded my respect for that display of True Grit in a way not even John Wayne could have demonstrated. Beyond that vignette, however, there isn’t much to say about the journeyman utility infielder. […]

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2010 Analysis: Mike Hessman

You have to like Mike Hessman for his size; if nothing else, he is a man you want on your side in the middle of a brawl or while walking down a dark alley. Beyond that, Hessman didn’t display much value. Which is a shame, because he seemed like a nice enough guy – someone […]

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2010 Analysis: Luis Castillo

You hate Luis Castillo – I get it. We all thought that Omar Minaya was out of his mind for bidding against himself and giving Castillo a 4-year, $25M contract. We all knew it was a bad decision before the 2008 season even started, and we continue to suffer through the frustration that Castillo will […]

2010 Mets Evaluations

2010 Analysis: Josh Thole

For me, Josh Thole was one of the biggest and most pleasant surprises of 2010. Based on what I saw of him in late 2009, I didn’t think Thole would ever evolve into a mediocre Major League catcher, and further, did not believe he’d ever provide enough offense to make up for his lack of […]

2010 Mets Evaluations