Mets rookie infielder Phillip Evans has at least one hit in six of 11 games since being added to the roster on Sept. 8.
In just 21 at-bats, he is batting .333, while playing second and third base.
Evans, 24, had been hitting .279 with 26 doubles, three triples, 11 home runs and 56 RBI in 127 games during what was his first season in Triple-A.
He was drafted by the Mets in the 15th round of the 2011 First-Year Player Draft out of La Costa Canyon (CA) High School.
Last season, despite never appearing on an organizational top prospect list, he won the Eastern League batting title with Binghamton after hitting .335 (121-361) in his first season in Double-A.
Evans has always drawn high praise for his gap-to-gap power. It was actually all anyone said of him the night he was drafted. Unfortunately for him, it's been a while since I've heard anyone mention his name, despite winning a batting title last season and having a strong summer in Triple-A. He has never been considered a top prospect, at least by MLB.com, Baseball America or Baseball Prospects. Yet, in my notes, I see multiple scouts complimenting his ability to hit the ball square (especially to left field) and consistently put it in play. Also, he repeatedly gets high marks for his hustle and mental toughness.
Given Sandy Alderson's need at second and third base, I'm glad Evans is getting playing time here in September, since those are two positions he is best suited to play in the big leagues. As I've said before, I always thought he had the potential to be a Daniel Murphy-type player with a weak glove, lots of contact, lots of doubles, slow feet, not great at any one thing, but useful, hard nosed, and always cheering guys on from the top step.
The reality is that, at least right now, Evans could hit .500 the next 10 days and I still expect he'll begin next season in Triple-A. That said, he's doing enough on the big-league field right now that he'll certainly be in big-league camp next spring and likely get called upon at points next season. And, sort of like Murphy's path to the big leagues, it wouldn't surprise me to see him keep making the most of his time and end up in a starting situation...