The Mets are likely getting near to sending 26-year old lefty swinging 1B Ike Davis to AAA-ball. He has struggled at the plate this year and now his troubles are hurting his defense. Davis has played in 42 games for the Mets so far this year and he is 21 for 143 (.147 avg, .481 OPS) with 14 runs scored, 4 homers and 9 RBIs. He has also walked 16 times while whiffing 49 times so far this year, which is pretty awful. Davis has played in 381 games in his first four years in the majors and he is 316 of 1,314 (.240 avg, .763 OPS) with 173 runs scored, 62 homers, 195 RBIs and 3 stolen bases. Davis’ performance in 2013 has to really disappoint the Mets as he cranked 32 homers and he had 90 RBIs in 156 games for them last year.
The Mets have signed 31-year old righty reliever David Aardsma to a minor league deal. He pitched in 10 games (0 starts) in AAA-ball earlier this year for the Marlins and he was 1-0 with 2 saves, a 2.57 ERA and a 1.21 WHIP. He has pitched in 255 games (0 starts) in his first seven years in the majors and he is 13-15 with 69 saves, a 4.22 ERA and a 1.43 WHIP. The Mets will likely call up Aardsma soon if he gets off to a good start in AAA-ball for them.
Switch-hitting 3B Howard Johnson had a nice blend of power and speed while he was with the Mets. He was a 30/30 man three times in his 9 years with the Mets (1987, 1989 and 1991). In 1987, Johnson played in 157 games for the Mets in which he was 147 of 554 (.265 avg, .868 OPS) with 93 runs scored, 36 homers, 99 RBIs and 32 stolen bases. He was even better in 1989, when he was a N.L. All-Star, a Silver Slugger and he was #5 in the voting for the N.L. MVP Award. Johnson played in 153 games for the Mets in 1989 and he was 164 of 571 (.287 avg, .928 OPS) with 104 runs scored, 36 homers, 101 RBIs and 41 stolen bases. In 1991, he was a N.L. All-Star, a Silver Slugger and he once again finished 5th in the voting for the N.L. MVP Award. Johnson played in 156 games for the Mets last year and he was 146 of 564 (.259 avg, .877 OPS) with 108 runs scored, 38 homers, 117 RBIs and 30 stolen bases. Johnson played in 1,154 games in his 9 years with the Mets and he was 997 for 3,968 (.251 avg, .801 OPS) with 627 runs scored, 192 homers, 629 RBIs and 202 stolen bases. Johnson is still #6 in games played (1,154) in Mets’ history. He is also #4 in runs scored (627), #4 in doubles (214), #4 in homers (192), #4 in RBIs (629), #3 in stolen bases (202) and #4 in walks (556) in Mets’ history.
The Mets have placed veteran righty reliever Scott Atchison on the 15-day disabled list due to inflammation in his right elbow. Atchison has pitched in 19 games (0 starts) for the Mets so far this year and he is 0-0 with a 4.50 ERA and a 1.44 WHIP. The Mets have called up 25-year old righty starter Collin McHugh to replace Atchison in the bullpen. McHugh pitched in 8 games (all starts) in AAA-ball for the Mets this year and he was 3-2 with a 2.74 ERA and a 1.26 WHIP. He pitched in 8 games (4 starts) for the Mets last year in his first taste of the majors and he was 0-4 with a 7.59 ERA and a 1.64 WHIP. McHugh came into this season as the Mets’ #24 prospect according to Baseball America, so he might be better for them this time around.
27-year old lefty swinging outfielder Lucas Duda is hitting his fair share of homers in 2013, but that has been about it offensively. He has played in 34 games for the Mets so far this year and he is 23 for 104 (.221 avg, .872 OPS) with 17 runs scored, 8 homers and 12 RBIs. Duda has whiffed 33 times while walking 23 times so far this year. He has now played in 284 games in his first four years with the Mets and he is 224 of 890 (.252 avg, .778 OPS) with 109 runs scored, 37 homers, 132 RBIs and 2 stolen bases. The Mets would probably like it if Duda made more contact and brought up his batting average a little bit in the near future.
The Mets have signed 30-year old righty reliever/starter Matt Fox to a minor league deal. Fox pitched in 5 games (4 starts) in Independent ball this year and he was 1-0 with a 1.59 ERA and a 1.06 WHIP. Fox’ only major league experience came back in 2010 with the Twins and Red Sox. Fox pitched in 4 games (1 start) in 2010 with the Twins and Red Sox and he was 0-0 with a 4.91 ERA and a 1.36 WHIP. If Fox looks good in the minors, the Mets will probably give him another shot at the show later on in 2013.
The Mets have signed 33-year old lefty swinging outfielder Rick Ankiel to a 1-year deal. Ankiel played in 25 games earlier this year for the Astros and he was 12 for 62 (.194 avg, .715 OPS) with 6 runs scored, 5 homers and 11 RBIs. Ankiel walked only 3 times while whiffing 35 times for the Astros, as he was swinging at everything. Ankiel has now played in 633 games in his first 11 years in the majors and he is 450 of 1,855 (.243 avg, .728 OPS) with 253 runs scored, 74 homers, 244 RBIs and 13 stolen bases. Ankiel will platoon in CF with Juan Lagares. Lagares has played in 15 games for the Mets so far this year in his first taste of the majors and he is 5 for 33 (.152 avg, .382 OPS) without a run scored, a homer or an RBI. Lagares has already whiffed 10 times so far this year compared with only 2 walks.
The Mets have placed 23-year old righty reliever Jeurys Familia on the 15-day disabled list, retroactive to May 9th due to right biceps tendinitis. Familia has pitched in 8 games (0 starts) for the Mets so far this year and he is 0-0 with a 3.48 ERA and a 1.65 WHIP. The Mets have called up 30-year old righty reliever Greg Burke to replace him on the roster and in the pen. Burke pitched in 7 games (0 starts) for the Mets earlier this year and he was 0-1 with a 7.36 ERA and a 1.77 WHIP. The Mets hope that Burke is better this time around.
24-year old righty starting pitcher Jake deGrom came into this season as the Mets’ #11 prospect according to Baseball America. But, he is struggling a little bit in the minors so far in 2013. He has pitched in 7 games (all starts) in A+AA-ball so far this year and he is 1-4 with a 4.50 ERA and a 1.36 WHIP. deGrom has now pitched in 32 games (all starts) in his first two years in the minors and he is 11-8 with a 3.31 ERA and a 1.17 WHIP. The Mets hope that deGrom straightens things out soon, because they want to put him on the fast track to the show because of his age.
24-year old righty starting pitcher Matt Harvey has been downright nasty so far this year. He has started 7 games for the Mets so far this year and he is 4-0 with a 1.28 ERA and a 0.69 WHIP. He has only given up 22 hits and 12 walks while whiffing 58 batters in his first 49 1/3 innings this year! Harvey has now started 17 games in his first two years with the Mets and he is 7-5 with a 2.07 ERA and a 0.94 WHIP. Harvey is reminding me a lot of Dwight Gooden when he came up with the Mets, as he is unhittable right now.