The second Daily Scouting Report will be on Nick Evans.
Nick Evans, 23 years old, was drafted in 2004. Last year was his only season in double-A and he then came up to the Majors. He was hitting .311 with 4 home runs in double-A then came up to the Majors to platoon with Daniel Murphy and hit .257 with 2 homers in 109 at bats.
Evans is trying to make the final bench spot this year. His competition is Jeremy Reed and Bobby Kielty. My guess is all 3 go to Citi Field for the Red Sox games but Kielty goes to Buffalo after and Evans stays up until it is Livan Hernandez’s turn to pitch. Although if they do that and nobody can get Evans out then Reed may go down. I would rather see Evans. I think he has a lot of talent at the plate.
There is a big problem with Evans. That is that he doesn’t have a position. He was drafted out of collage as a 3rd basemen but was then moved to 1st base because the Mets knew they had David Wright and Daniel Murphy. Now the mets still have Carlos Delgado so there is no place to put him. If Carlos Delgado is to go down then they will play Evans at 1st but i have a good idea. It could be too late in the spring but why not put Evans at 2nd base. I have not heard anyone talk about that but if Castillo gets off to a bad start then the media will go crazy and Manual may consider moving Evans to 2nd.
Positive thing about Evans: He knows how to hit the fastball really well.
Evan’s biggest Weakness: He needs a position if he is going to be successful.
After last night’s lose to the Marlins, the mets sent Eddie Kunz and Valerio de los Santos down to minor league camp. They also sent down Rob Mackowiak and Josh Thole who were players trying to make the bench down with them.
Now the final bench spot is up for Nick Evans, Bobby Kielty, Jeremy Reed and Cory Sulivan.
Yesterday in a post for the Daily News
writes that Evans and Kielty are the top runners and Kielty has a better chance then Evans because Evans can be sent down and Kielty would have to clear waivers.
I would like the spot to go to Evans. He is showing he has some pop this year and I also think that him being on the team can help Daniel Murphy because they are good friends.
Redding has given up 6 runs including a 3 run homer. He doesn’t look good pitching. He doesn’t look happy. Doesn’t look like he will get that 5th SP spot.
GIVE IT TO NIESE
…update 8:55 PM
9 runs now. Finally out of the inning. 3 home runs in the inning by Gibbons, Morrison and Hermida. Mets down 13-1.
Johan’s line didn’t matter. Redding’s does.
…update 9:13 PM
Tony Armas Jr. is now in. Could he get the 5th starter spot. Probably not but at least he is better than Garcia and Redding.
…update 9:32 PM
The people from Seattle doing well. 3 up 3 down for Sean Green. Homer from Jeremy Reed.
…update 9:37 PM
Evans, 3 run homer. THis is after a Grand Slam. IN his last 3 games he has a Grand Slam, 3 run homer, 2 doubles, triple.
On the Mets Daily News blog was written a projected starting lineup.
Brian Schneider, c
Carlos Delgado, 1b
Luis Castillo, 2b
David Wright, 3b
Jose Reyes, ss
Daniel Murphy, lf
Carlos Beltran, cf
Ryan Church, rf
Johan Santana, lhp
Mike Pelfrey, rhp
Oliver Perez, lhp
John Maine, rhp
Ramon Castro, c
Alex Cora, if
Fernando Tatis, if/of
Marlon Anderson, of
Jeremy Reed, of
Nick Evans, 1b/of
Francisco Rodriguez, rhp
J.J. Putz, rhp
Sean Green, rhp
Pedro Feliciano, lhp
Brian Stokes, rhp
Bobby Parnell, rhp
Tim Redding, rhp
He notes Evans would only be up until a 5th starter is needed.
Most of this I agree with but I would keep Evans over Jeremy Reed or Tim Redding (unless Tim Redding is the 5th starter). I would like to see Jonathan Niese the 5th starter but it is looking like it will be Livan Hernandez.