On August 7th the Mets seemingly began transitioning into a ‘rebuilding phase’, of sorts, when they promoted prospects Fernando Martinez and Ruben Tejada. Along with the promotions came announcements that both players would get the majority of starts at their respective positions. Veterans Jeff Francoeur and Luis Castillo did what all under performing veterans on this ball club do, they whined, all but requested a trade, and made it clear that despite their less than mediocre output they believed they deserved a full time job. That’s right, they were being benched by a team with one of the worst offenses in baseball but these guys know the market like Goldman Sachs and believe the Mets are holding them back from living up to their outlandish contracts.
Aside from the people who promote ‘Crest White Strips’, nobody on the outside was too hurt by seeing Frenchy take a seat on the bench. Similarly, perhaps the only person happier that Castillo was no longer swinging a bat in the starting line-up was the guy he nailed in the face with a broken piece of maple a few years back (click here for story). The bottom line is that a somewhat rejuvenated fan base was excited to see what these young players could do. We weren’t foolish enough to be believe that by playing invisible at the trade deadline while the Braves and Phillies bulked up their rosters that we would magically turn into contenders. So the ‘youth movement’ made sense and moves that make sense from this regime are few and hard to come by. Well such logical navigation was short lived, because with Fernando Martinez reportedly now heading back to the DL, guess who replaces him in the starting line-up.
Let’s make this fun, we can filter through some choices, but before doing so let’s take a look at F-Mart’s numbers in Triple-A and remember that this is a kid the team deemed worthy of a shot when they called him up. I know the lure of the F-Mart goes far beyond numbers but just for giggles, here was his card for the Buffalo Bison’s:
Sure the ~1:4 BB:K ratio is a bit alarming but 12 homers in 257 at-bats is nothing to sneeze at and nobody can argue that the team needed power. So hey, I was all for giving Martinez a shot in about as low pressure situation as you could see in Queens in August. Though ABBA called, Fernando did not hear the drums, hitting only.167 in 18 at-bats before being optioned back to Buffalo to make room for the recently departed Rod Barajas.
So with a forward thinking mentality laid out and the course set for 2011 and beyond, the question now becomes, which youngster will addition alongside Carlos Beltran and Angel Pagan in the outfield? This brings us back to our choices (in no particular order):
*Chris Carter- Lets look right on the big league roster and ask, what about giving ‘The Animal’ a shot at some big time at-bats? Jerry Manuel obviously thinks highly enough of him to give him a few cracks at the clean-up slot and his .310 average in August...TO READ THE REST OF THIS POST HEAD TO METSZILLA.COM BY CLICKING HERE: http://www.metszilla.com/?p=11661