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New York Yankees first baseman Mark Teixeira stretches during batting practice before a game against theToronto Blue Jays at Rogers Centre. (Nick Turchiaro/USA Today Sports Images)
New York Yankees first baseman Mark Teixeira stretches during batting practice before a game against theToronto Blue Jays at Rogers Centre. (Nick Turchiaro/USA Today Sports Images)

Despite his poor performance before going on the disabled list, New York Yankees first baseman Mark Teixeira is a certain key to the team if they want to have success going forward this season. Teixeira's rehab begins Tuesday and he's set to play three games before returning to New York Saturday. Upon Teixeira's return, the Yankees should consider keeping Ike Davis and Rob Refsnyder with the big league club.

The team has received positive efforts from the Davis/Refsnyder platoon, but if Teixeira comes back and can produce to the level he did in 2015, the Yankees will be better off. In fact, Teixeira's return will strengthen the bench if they follow my suggestion.

The Yankees' infield defense improving with Teixeira back is hardly questionable. In my view, the Yankees' offense will also improve with Teixeira on the roster. I know, this sounds insane considering Teixeira is hitting .180 with a .271 on-base percentage and a .263 slugging percentage through 188 plate appearances this season. Teixeira has just eight extra-base hits on the season (five doubles and three home runs) and he has driven in just 12 runs. Nevertheless, there are reasons for my optimism.

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AAA: @ Tucson Padres 5, Las Vegas 51s 3

Hey, remember that power-hitting 1B the Mets used to have? Also, remember that guy who hit .161/.242/.258 in 55 games this year in New York? Well, he's hit safely in five straight games in AAA, and has back-to-back two homerun games. In 11 games in AAA, he's hit .333/.480/.744 with four doubles and four homers, to go with nine walks and seven strikeouts. Everything is good there. Ike Davis is hitting for power, he's walking and not striking out too much.

It's almost like it's easier for a player to learn something and iron out their kinks at an easier level. Remember this next time you wonder why a player has not been promoted.

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Andy Martino of the New York Daily News was hanging out in Las Vegas and talked to Ike Davis and Wally Backman about Davis' attitude. Guess what? Wally wants to make a tweak to Davis' swing mechanics:

?What we?re trying to -- collectively as a staff, coming down from (Mets hitting coach Dave) Hudgens, all the way down...we took his hitch,? Backman said. ?You?re not going to see this big old hitch no more. We changed his hand position, and that?s the only thing we changed, so his hands can only go in one direction, and that?s up to a firing position.?
- At ESPN, Mark Simon has the heat maps for Ike Davis' slugging percentage comparing last year to this year. They are alarming. Simon's blunt conclusion, "In short, Davis is a man in need of hitting help in every possible way."

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It seems almost inevitable at this point. After going 0-for-4 with four strikeouts Friday, Ike Davis is hitting .143/.230/.238 with four homers and 53 strikeouts, or whiffs in 32% of his plate appearances. He's 1-for-his-last-42. Among all qualified hitters in Fangraphs rate-stat wRC+ plus, Ike Davis has been the third-worst player in baseball with enough plate appearances to qualify for a batting title, ahead of only Jeff Keppinger and Danny Espinosa. He is not hitting like a major league first baseman or even a major leaguer of any stripe.

TC Comes Around- It sounded like manager Terry Collins is now very open to the idea of sending Davis down to the minors. When asked how long the Mets could keep Davis in the big leagues, Collins responded, "I'm not sure...?Some of the decision has to be what's best for Ike Davis, because you've got to still look in the long term. And this guy is too big a piece of our offensive puzzle to continue to struggle like he's struggling, because we need him...."

 

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Ted Berg really nails most of the Ike Davis has Valley Fever paranoia story here. However, there's an extra angle about information and accountability for that information.

Again, according to the US National Library of Medecine, "The disease almost always goes away without treatment." Also,"Most people with Valley fever never have symptoms." Ike Davis falls into this category. Of course, in some cases (see Connor Jackson for a baseball example) there are both more serious symptoms and consequences.

Essentially, the Mets told half of the truth on February 23, that Ike had a lung infection. Now, there's a name for the type of lung infection Davis has. The problem is dispensing information piecemeal. This leads to at the very least, the appearance of deception.

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#1 1B Ike Davis

Why Ranked Here: I liked that Ike played everyday and had learned to turn his power into game production in his first full minor league season in 2009.

What Happened: The 23-year old beat up on AAA pitching for a week and a half while Mike Jacobs sucked it up at first base. Davis was installed as the Mets? everyday first baseman from the day of his call up on April 19.? He's been a few runs above average both at the plate and in the field, and by WAR is the fifth-most valuable Met.

Stock: I feel good about ranking Davis #1 coming into the season.? This might have been my best call.

Tags: Brad Holt, Fernando Martinez, Ike Davis, Jenry Mejia, Jeurys Familia, Jon Niese, Josh Thole, Kirk Nieuwenhuis, Reese Havens, Top Prospects Series, Wilmer Flores, Toby Hyde
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One of the joys of a young prospect's first days in the Big Leagues is reading all of the stories around him.? Often, there's good background material mixed with a silly dose of hype.? I didn't expect that hype and silliness to come from a player's father.

Yesterday, Ron Davis told Andrew Marchand at ESPNNY:

"John Olerud," said Ron, the former Yankee reliever,

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Met minor league players who have gotten off to quick 2010 starts:
  • RHP Dillon Gee, Bisons: With the Mets struggles here's a guy to keep your eye on. After being shut down with a shoulder problem in May of last year, Dillon has come out of the gate on fire. He's now 2-0 and?has yet to allow a run in 13 innings (5 H/1 BB).
  • 1B Ike Davis, Bisons: Speculation on a callup continues to swirl as Ike continues to hit. The top prospect has collected a hit in all but one of the Bisons' games. Overall he's hitting .364/.500/.636 (12-for-33, 2 HR, 4 RBI, 9 BB).
  • OF Nick Evans, B-Mets: He's hitting at a .372 clip (16-for-43) with 3 homers and 10 RBI to start the year. In the first two games against New Hampshire last weekend Evans went 5-for-10 with a homer, 3 RBI, and scored 4 runs.
  • LHP James Fuller, Savannah: The left-hander turned in his second solid start of the season last Wednesday when he gave up just one run on four hits in eight innings. He didn't recieve much support, as the Gnats fell to Augusta 1-0. Fuller has allowed 1 ER in his 14 IP this year.
  • RHP Manuel Alvarez, St. Lucie: Although old for the FSL at 25, the right-hander has been impressive as the closer for St. Lucie. He's converted all four opportunities, has yet to allow a run, and struck out 7 in his 6.2 innings.
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Here?s a look at who?s hot in the Met system after the first week of the season:
  • 1B Ike Davis, Bisons: Ike has carried a strong spring into the first week of International League action. Davis is 5-for-13 including 3 doubles, a homer and 5 walks.
  • LHP Pat Misch, Bisons: Odds are there will be quite a lot of pitching player movement between Buffalo and the major league team this season and Misch will be a part of that action. The lefty got himself off to a good start with a solid performance Saturday when he tossed 6 shutout innings and allowed 5 hits, didn't surrender any walks, and fanned 4.
  • OF Kirk Nieuwenhuis, B-Mets: The outfielder has hit safely in all four games to start the season, going 7-for-19 with with 5 runs, a homer, and 3 RBI.
  • RHP Dylan Owen, B-Mets: On a pitching staff that has had difficulty against Akron, Owen picked up the win on Friday in a excellent start to his 2010 campaign. He pitched 5 hitless innings while walking 3 and striking out 6.
  • INF Joshua Satin, St. Lucie: The second basemen seems to like the month of April. After coming out of the gate last year strong (.362/.438/.420), Satin is 7-for-13 with 2 runs, 2 doubles, and 2 walks to start 2010.
  • INF Wilmer Flores, Savannah: After a disappointing end to last season (.188/.245/.198 in August), Wilmer has hit safely in each of the Sand Gnats first four games. He's 7-for-17 with 3 runs and 2 doubles.
  • LHP James Fuller, Savannah: The left-hander and Southern Connecticut State product was very impressive Friday, throwing 6 shutout innings against West Virginia. He allowed just 2 hits, a walk, and struck out 6 to pick up the victory.
Tags: Ike Davis, Kirk Nieuwenhuis, Notes, Wilmer Flores
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Could this be the opportunity for Ike Davis to be the Mets starting 1st baseman? Not for now, at least. With the news coming down today that Mets starting 1st baseman Daniel Murphy has a grade 1 MCL sprain of his right knee, questions of who will be the opening day starter are floating around. Murphy is supposed to be sidelined for 2-6 weeks, although the injury is not considered too serious. Mets GM Omar Minaya says Mike Jacobs is the front-runner to start the season at 1st base. Minaya also says that a prolonged absence for Murphy could prompt the organization to bring back prospect Ike Davis from minor league camp, but he will start the season in AAA regardless. Frank Catalanotto, Chris Carter, and Jacobs have been battling in camp for the final bench spot, all have 1st base experience. Last season Jacobs, who was released by the Royals in December, struggled in 434 at-bats, hitting .229 with 19 homeruns and 61 RBI.

1st base candidates spring training stats:

Murphy- .196 (10-51) 2HR, 8RBI, 3BB, 9K .228OBP .314SLG

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Ike Davis has already given Mets fans something to get excited about. Davis was 2-3 with a double and a run scored, leading the Mets to a 4-2 win in their spring training opener over the Atlanta Braves. Davis started slow but picked it up later in the game. Davis did look a little nervous in his 1st at-bat yesterday; he took a couple of deep breaths before digging in. Atlanta starter, Tommy Hanson, made quick work of Davis on 3 pitches. Davis was ready for the Hanson fastball, but was over-matched on the two curve-balls that Hanson threw him. Davis took a first pitch curve-ball for a strike, and then fouled of a heater straight back to the screen, and then Hanson put him away with a sharp biting hook, that Davis was out in front of. In his second at bat Davis smoked a 2-0 fastball into right center for a double. In his third at bat Davis flared a single into left field. It was a two strike slider, from a left-handed pitcher, that Davis was out in front of, but he was able to keep his hands back enough to serve it into left field.

What I liked about Davis is he can crush a fastball. If you struggle to catch up to fastballs, you have no shot at becoming a solid big-leaguer. It?s clear that one of the things Davis needs to work on is hitting lefties and off-speed pitches. Davis did take a step in the right direction by lining a single to left off a lefty in his spring training debut.

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This morning Ike Davis, Daniel Murphy, Mike Jacobs and Fernando Tatis all?participated in drills at first base. As has been the case over the last few days, the general consensus in regards to Davis is simple: the kid's just flat-out impressive.

According to Matthew Cerrone over at MetsBlog, he?"looks very fluid in the field at first base, he doesn't seem antsy and appears confident in his movements, especially on short hops."

it's amazing when you think about where Ike has come in the last year in terms of perception... entering last season he was coming off a rough pro debut in which he went?homerless?in 215 at-bats in Brooklyn... since then he's displayed the raw power everyone knew he had (20 homers bet. the FSL and AA) and absolutely raked in the Arizona Fall League (.341 AVG)... even if he tears up the Grapefruit League I still can't envision a scenario in which he'll break camp with the Mets... he'll benefit most in the short-term from playing everyday in?Buffalo...

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Yesterday, Baseball America ran a series of prospect chats. Mets prospect, Ike Davis, was one of the invited players to chat with fans. Here are some of the more intriguing questions:

Josh (New Jersey): What are the pressures of playing in a big media market like New York?

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Jesse G writes:
Hello Toby,
Found something interesting today and wanted to get your take:
Take a look at Ryan Braun's 2006 Minor League season and Ike Davis' 2009 Minor League season.? For both players this was their age 22 season.? The similarities are crazy, both in production and games played per level.? If you take out the position played and which side of the batters box they stand in they're almost identical, maybe with Davis having the slight edge in OPS and Braun adding very good stolen base numbers.? Also, Braun played in the Southern League at AA while Davis played in the Eastern League, but I couldn't begin to tell you how that effects the?results, if at all. ?I came across this while trying to?find a?good player to compare to Davis' development.? Is there anything to this projection wise?? Braun did have a much stronger history in the MiLB before 2006 than Davis had before 2009 and Davis has some stark Lefty/Righty splits.? I didn't factor in Davis' AFL numbers because I did not know whether Braun had played in the AFL that year, but considering Davis' Fall League production it doesn't hurt.? Otherwise I don't see why this wouldn't be something to get just a little excited about.? I'm not saying Davis is going to be Ryan Braun but it's a pretty good point of comparison.
Ike DavisGAB2B3BHRRBITBBBSOSBCSAVGOBPSLGOPS
A+59222173728108315202.288.376.486.863
AA552071401343117266000.309.386.565.951
Total11442931320712255711202.298.381.524.906
Ryan BraunGAB2B3BHRRBITBBBSOSBCSAVGOBPSLGOPS
A+59226122737992354144.274.346.438.784
AA5923119115401362146120.303.367.589.956
Total118457313227723544100264.289.357.514.871
Jesse, that's really interesting stuff you have there.

- Braun followed up his big '06 by starring in the PCL for the first 33 games of the season in '07 where he hit .333/.403/.675 with 12 2B, 9 HR with 13 BB against 11 K.? I saw him repeatedly in his month + in the PCL and he was easily the best hitter in the league.? He was actually the best hitter in the league all year, in a decent year for PCL prospects with Geovany Soto, Hunter Pence and Adam Jones, for example.? Note his absolute complete command of the strike zone with more walks than strikeouts and his ridiculous power with 21 XBH in 33 games.? His low strikeout numbers in the PCL are fairly aberrant among his career totals both in the big leagues and minor leagues.? In the majors, he's owned K rates between 19 and 25%, while his minor league numbers were similar to Davis, which you can see in the chart below.

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Baseball America has posted its AFL Top 10 prospect list. The Mets are the only team with 2 players on the list.

1. Stephen Strasburg - RHP - Nationals

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The good guys over at Project Prospect have put together their list of the top five prospects in the Arizona Fall League.? Their list:

1. Stephen Strasburg

2. Buster Posey

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Thursday, Ruben Tejada drove home the winning run in the bottom of the ninth inning of his Surprise Rafters 3-2 win over Peoria in the Arizona Fall League.? After his 1-3 evening, Tejada is up to .320/.393/.440 with three doubles, a walk, five strikeouts and two stolen bases through six games.

DH Ike Davis (.414/.438/.724) was 1-3 with a double, his sixth, a walk, his second, and a strikeout, his seventh.?? Seven of Davis's 12 hits have gone for extra bases.? He's currently hitting a cool .500 (10-for-20) vs. RHP with a .750 SLG.

At present, through nine games, the AFL is hitting .302/.380/.486.

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Baseball America released their Florida State League Top 20 Prospects List yesterday, and it contains a healthy sprinkling of Mets with Jenrry Mejia at #7, Ike Davis at #9, and Kirk Nieuwenhuis at #13.? Brad Holt just missed qualifying for the BA list by a handful of innings.

BA on Mejia:

Mejia has a 94-95 mph fastball, and he can cut or sink it depending on the situation. He flashes a plus curveball, though it's inconsistent and he struggles to locate it at times. Unlike a lot of young pitchers, he's willing to throw his changeup, but it has too much velocity and only rates as an adequate pitch at this point.

Mejia has a solid pitcher's frame. His delivery and lack of secondary stuff could lead to an eventual move to the bullpen.I disagree with the assessment of Mejia's change-up. It's his second-best pitch right now, and his pitching coach loved the movement on the offering.? Yes, it's unusually hard, but it also has unusual movement, which makes it hard to command.

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On their final Prospect Hot sheet of the 2009 season, Baseball America ranked Ike Davis #18, and Kirk Nieuwenhuis as among the Helium crowd for fastest risers.

BA wrote in part about Davis:

One of five college first basemen taken in the '08 draft's first round?a group that includes Yonder Alonso, David Cooper, Allan Dykstra and Justin Smoak?Davis this season led the quintet in average, home runs, RBIs, OPS (.906) and isolated power (.226). The power came at a cost: He also averaged the most strikeouts per at-bat (26 percent) and posted the lowest walk-to-strikeout ratio (.48), indicating areas for improvement.
In his chat, Ben Badler's very first Q&A concerned Davis:
    ray (ct): is ike davis have a chance to be a everyday 1b or even a allstar?
Ben Badler: Definitely. I watched him take BP for Team USA before they left for the World Cup (I believe they're on MLB Network right now) and he showed more raw power than anyone else there, including Justin Smoak and Pedro Alvarez. It?s not a simple swing, but he?s produced this year and there?s plenty of raw power there.
"Not a simple swing" - that cracks me up a little.? All at once, it's true, gentle and charitable.

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USA Baseball has selected 1B Ike Davis to the US roster for the 2009 International Baseball Federation Baseball World Cup.? This will be the third time on the US National team for Davis, who also represented the country on the U-18 and U-16 teams.

Davis told Brian Moritz in the Press & Sun-Bulletin that it was an honor to play for the US and pointed out how different it is from minor league baseball where development is a priority:

"It's totally different, but it's great," Davis said of playing in international competition. "All you're concerned about is winning. If you go 0-for-4 but you win, it doesn't bother you that much. It's like a throwback to when you'd go out there and nothing mattered but winning. It's always a privilege."The tournament will begin on September 10th in Regensburg, Germany for Davis and his US teammates who find themselves in a pool with China, Germany and Venezuela. Davis's final game as a B-Met will be Monday in Akron after which he will depart for a week of practice with the national team in North Carolina.

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At his Minor League Update, Kevin Goldstein at BP wrote about Darrell Ceciliani today:

Darrell Ceciliani, OF, Mets (Rookie-Level Kingsport)

Thursday's stats: 4-for-5, 2 R, RBI, K, CSA fourth-round pick this year out of a small community college in Washington, Ceciliani is a excellent athlete with plus speed, gap power who needs less time adjusting to pro ball as his college team played with wood bats. He just turned 19 last month, is 14-for-30 in his last seven games and .301/.393/.452 overall in 20 pro games, and scouts are taking notice.Baseball America put B-Mets 1B Ike Davis at #13 on this week's Prospect Hot Sheet.

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Yesterday, in their Daily Dish, Baseball America wrote about Ike Davis.
"He?ll have power. I like him quite a bit," a pro scout for an AL club said back in May, when Davis appeared more bust than boom. "He?s the type of player who will hit a ton of doubles and play good defense. He?s just a really good player who understands the game and does everything correctly."
Mets vice president of player development Tony Bernazard can?t hide his enthusiasm for Davis? development, saying, "He?s coming along well for a player in his first full year. He?s a great defender and we believe he?ll hit for power. You can see it in how he?s hit a lot of doubles. And the best part is, he?s kept up while playing in every game."
BA also runs a chart comparing the performances of the 1B taken in the first round of the 2008 draft: Yonder Alonso (CIN), Justin Smoak (TEX), David Cooper (TOR), Davis and Allan Dykstra (SD).? While others, including Alonso and Smoak have missed time with injuries, Davis has stayed healthy and leads the group in HR.
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AA - Eastern League

@ Binghamton Mets 5, Bowie Bay Sox 4

With the B-Mets down one and two runners aboard in the ninth inning and one out, Ike Davis doubled down the rightfield line to deliver the win that snapped the team's seven-game losing streak.? Davis yanked a 1-2 slider to drive in the winning runs.? He was 2-4 with a walk, but struck out twice.? B-Mets manager Mako Oliveras, on Davis, as quoted by Brian Moritz:

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AA - Eastern League

Bowie Bay Sox 7, @ Binghamton Mets 3

Through five innings, Jenrry Mejia (0-3, 3.74) had allowed two runs, one earned, on three hits with a couple of walks and five strikeouts.? However, he couldn't escape the sixth inning where he gave up a three run bomb, and another run that resulted from a double by Mets farmhand Ambio Concepcion and a wild pitch.? Mejia's velocity was regularly in the mid-90s all night, and at one point according to B-Mets beat writer Brian Moritz he hit 102 on the NYSEG Stadium radar gun.? While that's unlikely to be accurate, the heat's real.? More from Moritz: "Last guy I remember hitting triple digits in this park was Matt Lindstrom back in 2006."

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Ok, so here's the real action today in the Mets system.

RHP John Maine and LHP Oliver Perez have been added to the St. Lucie Mets roster on their MLB rehab assignments.? Both are expected to throw tonight.

1B Ike Davis has been promoted to AA Binghamton.? Davis leaves the FSL a .290/.378/.489 hitter after 58 games and 221 AB.? Davis was leading the FSL with 27 extra base hits.? He's hit well all season, but was on a tear in June, hitting .319/.418/.638 in 13 games with four of his seven professional homers.

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Friday, after publishing a Prospect Hot Sheet that was Mets-free, JJ Cooper took a couple of Mets questions in his associated chat.

    JAYPERS (IL): Josh Thole has been very consistent thus far this season. Is he in your Mets' Top 10 prospects list if you had to put one together today?
J.J. Cooper: I couldn't put him in my personal Top 10 yet because I'm still worried about where he plays in the big leagues. On the one hand, the man can hit, and that's the most important tool there is. But on the other, there are still concerns about where he'll play in the big leagues. He ranks near the bottom of the Eastern League in caught stealing percentage (31.5 percent) and he's still working on framing pitches. If he can't catch well enough to be an everyday catcher, he doesn't really have a clear full-time position. He doesn't have the power (one home run this year with a career high of five) to play first base, especially for a big-market team like the Mets, and he's too slow to be an outfielder. He may end up as a very useful lefty hitting backup catcher who can play some first, but his lack of a profile means he still has an uphill battle for a starting job.
I agree with Cooper that if Thole's defense is not good enough to start at catcher, he's a tweener, whose offensive profile doesn't play at first at all. On the other hand, I have Thole in my Mets top 10 now. I'll also point out that with the relative decrease in the importance of stealing bases to offensive production around the leaguein the last twenty-five years, the Mets could live with a catcher who doesn't have a Pudge-like arm. Lets play a game, construct a reasonable Mets top 10 without Thole.
    Jack Bauer (We'll see): Where's Ike Davis? He hit .333 with 2 HR, 1 2B, 4 BB and only 3 K. He's leading the Florida State League in XBH and Total Bases and is near the top of the leaderboard in just about every stat. Where's the love?
J.J. Cooper: Dropping 24 references won't work on me like it will on Callis?try Top Gear references for me, but I'll answer anyway. Ike was on the short list this week, although he was a little ways from making the photo. But he's having a very solid year and has done a good job of putting last year's putrid start behind him. But he is a good example of how it's worth remembering when some first or second-round pick goes out and stinks up the joint in short-season ball this year that it isn't time to write them off. Prospects can be gassed or otherwise struggle in their first pro season, just ask Chipper Jones.
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St. Lucie 1B Ike Davis (.283/.367/.461) hasn't played since Friday after fouling a ball off his leg against Lakeland.? He's been getting treatment for a sweet bruise.

The B-Mets will skip Brad Holt the next time through their rotation after Holt rolled his ankle away from the ballpark.? So for those of you hoping to catch Holt in Trenton this weekend, sorry.? Next time.? In his AA debut last Friday night, Holt gave up just two earned runs on two hits in 6.1 innings.? He fanned three and walked three.

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The biggest story in May in St. Lucie was on the mound where Brad Holt and Jenrry Mejia were simply dominant. Both earned their promotions to Binghamton earlier this week and will throw for the B-Mets this weekend.

On June 1, Mejia?s 2.06 ERA was fourth in the FSL, while Brad Holt?s 50 strikeouts were second. Ike Davis? 16 doubles was led teammate Carlos Guzman by one, for the top spot in the league. Guzman?s .503 SLG was fifth in the FSL.

On June 1, after a 13-12 May, the St. Lucie Mets were 23-22, 7.5 games behind the first-place Fort Myers Miracle (Twins) who were setting a blistering pace atop the FSL South. The Mets began May in streaky fashion, alternating three-game winning streaks with three game losing streaks, a run that was interrupted by the rain in the middle of the month, which rained out four of the five St. Lucie games from 5/17-5/19.

Tags: 2009 Month-by-Month Review, Brad Holt, Francisco Pena, Ike Davis, Jenry Mejia, Reese Havens, St. Lucie Mets, Toby Hyde
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Advanced A - Florida State League

@ Fort Myers 2, St. Lucie 1

The Miracle scored the winning run off Emary Frederick in the bottom of the ninth, but don't let that obscure a few nice Mets performances.

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I neglected a mailbag last week, but I wanted to answer both of these questions.? We'll have some cool content this week: some interviews and a special guest analysis.? As always, email me here.

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Yesterday morning the great team at Baseball America broke down their Top 100 Prospects list by position and looked at the best tools at each. They came to the conclusion that "based on star quality and depth, catcher has emerged as the best position, edging righthanded starters."

Some of highlights from the Met organization include:

  • Jonathon Niese is listed as the 8th best left-handed starter (77th overall).
  • At third base, Wilmer Flores was listed fifth (47th overall) and Jefry Marte eleventh (although not in the Top 100).
  • At the corner outfield position, Fernando Martinez is fifth (30th overall).
  • Brad Holt was listed 21st amongst right-handed starters (94th overall).
At each position they also listed X-Factors (players not on the list, but who could move up onto the radar). At second, they mentioned Reese Havens. He too currently plays shortstop, but a move to the other side seems probable. Baseball America writes:

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Baseball America did their Draft Report Card feature for every MLB team last week.? My comments on their selections for the Mets are italicized.

Best Pure Hitter: The Mets' top two selections, 1B Ike Davis (1) and SS Reese Havens (1), went in the first 22 picks due to their offensive potential. Both have quick bats and hand-eye coordination that allow them to get the barrel to the ball consistently when they're going well.

This answer is a massive copout.? Neither had the debuts the Mets could have hoped for, but the magazine still didn't pick a player.? I'll take Havens since I saw an Ike Davis who was anything but "pure" this summer.

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Mets first round pick, Ike Davis who has been out of the Brooklyn Cyclones lineup since Monday is starting at first and hitting sixth on Sunday in Staten Island. Davis is currently hitting .244/.271/.317 with 9 2B, 0 HR and 9 RBI with 5 BB and 24 K 123 AB in 33 games for Brooklyn.
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Think you know you're Mets prospects? This is the beginning of what I hope will be the lengthy "Get to Know" series. Ike Davis, the Mets first round pick, 18th overall in the 2008 gets the honor of going first.

Favorite TV Show: Dexter?.It?s amazing, kinda creepy though. It?s a serial killer cop who kills other serial killers. It?s really cool.

Tags: Get To Know, Ike Davis, Toby Hyde
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