CSS Button No Image Css3Menu.com

Baseball Prospectus home
  
  
Click here to log in Click here for forgotten password Click here to subscribe

<< Previous Article
The BP Wayback Machine... (05/12)
<< Previous Column
Transaction Analysis B... (05/10)
Next Column >>
Transaction Analysis B... (05/16)
Next Article >>
Premium Article Painting the Black: St... (05/12)

May 12, 2011

Transaction Analysis Blog

Mets Place Davis on the DL

by R.J. Anderson

NEW YORK METS
Team Audit | Player Cards | Depth Chart

New York Mets
Place 1B Ike Davis on the 15-day disabled list. [5/12]
Recall OF Fernando Martinez from Triple-A Buffalo. [5/12]

Davis left Tuesday’s game with an ankle injury severe enough to land him on the disabled list.  The injury is an unfortunate setback for the 24-year-old first baseman, as Davis already has seven home runs in 149 plate appearances this season (he hit 19 homers in 601 plate appearances in 2010) to go with a slash line of .302/.383/.543. Amongst Mets batters with at least 75 plate appearances, Davis had the second best batting average (behind Jose Reyes) and the best on-base and slugging percentages.

If the Mets Thursday lineup is to be trusted as a glimpse at their immediate plans for the future, then expect Daniel Murphy to get some burn at first base while Justin Turner gets time at second base. With Angel Pagan also on the disabled list, the Mets have Jason Pridie starting in center most days and Scott Hairston as well as Willie Harris serving in reserve. Although Pridie is hitting .250/.345/.500 through his first 57 plate appearances, the Mets may have a new center fielder in the coming days in the form of Martinez.

It sure feels like Martinez has been around forever, but his major league legacy is unwritten as he is only 22-years-old despite debuting in May 2009 and having more than 100 big league plate appearances. Martinez is now at 550 career Triple-A plate appearances with a slash line of .271/.330/.488 and 80 more strikeouts than walks to show for it.

Martinez’s stock has plummeted over the last several years because of a raw approach at the plate and durability concerns. Under Omar Minaya, the Mets chose to rush Martinez to the major leagues and effectively started his options engine as a 20-year-old. Although Martinez can be optioned up and down freely this season, but his early ascent to the majors may create a situation where the Mets have to keep him in the majors or otherwise lose him on waivers. In the interim, Martinez could help himself—and his team—by showing that his skills are playable at the game’s highest level.

R.J. Anderson is an author of Baseball Prospectus. 
Click here to see R.J.'s other articles. You can contact R.J. by clicking here

Related Content:  Fernando Martinez

4 comments have been left for this article. (Click to hide comments)

BP Comment Quick Links

dr4sight

Terry Collins said before the Thursday Mets game that he has no plans at all to use Fernando Martinez in CF. When he plays it will be mostly as a pinch-hitter and possibly on days off for Beltran and Bay.

May 12, 2011 17:59 PM
rating: 1
 
worldtour

Time to give Lucas Duda another shot!

May 12, 2011 18:21 PM
rating: 0
 
leites

Duda is sidelined with back problems.

May 13, 2011 07:36 AM
rating: 0
 
amazin_mess

Typical Mets....call a guy up to sit the bench. He certainly could do no worse than the shell of Jason Bay's former self.

May 13, 2011 06:45 AM
rating: 0
 
You must be a Premium subscriber to post a comment.
Not a subscriber? Sign up today!
<< Previous Article
The BP Wayback Machine... (05/12)
<< Previous Column
Transaction Analysis B... (05/10)
Next Column >>
Transaction Analysis B... (05/16)
Next Article >>
Premium Article Painting the Black: St... (05/12)

RECENTLY AT BASEBALL PROSPECTUS
Premium Article What You Need to Know: Your Meats and the Ro...
Premium Article Transaction Analysis: Help Me, Rusney, Help,...
West Coast By Us: We Were Told Not To Come H...
Premium Article Baseball Therapy: When Was the Sabermetric R...
Fantasy Rounders: The Age-Defying Hunter
Premium Article Monday Morning Ten Pack: May 26, 2015
Premium Article Minor League Update: Games of May 22-25, 201...

MORE FROM MAY 12, 2011
Premium Article Prospects Will Break Your Heart: U Got the L...
Span and Sain and Pray for Rain: Wrigley Fie...
Premium Article Future Shock: Second Thoughts on Hosmer
Overthinking It: Who's Zoomin' Who?
Premium Article Painting the Black: Striking Early
Fantasy Article Fantasy Beat: Value Picks in the Bullpen
The BP Wayback Machine: How to Read a Box Sc...

MORE BY R.J. ANDERSON
2011-05-17 - Transaction Analysis Blog: Cubs Demote Colvi...
2011-05-16 - Transaction Analysis Blog: Sizemore Heads to...
2011-05-12 - Premium Article Painting the Black: Striking Early
2011-05-12 - Transaction Analysis Blog: Mets Place Davis ...
2011-05-10 - Transaction Analysis Blog: Mazzaro Moves In
2011-05-09 - Transaction Analysis Blog: Reds Get Bailey a...
2011-05-08 - Transaction Analysis Blog: Mets Place Young ...
More...

MORE TRANSACTION ANALYSIS BLOG
2011-05-18 - Transaction Analysis Blog: Soriano to the DL...
2011-05-17 - Transaction Analysis Blog: Cubs Demote Colvi...
2011-05-16 - Transaction Analysis Blog: Sizemore Heads to...
2011-05-12 - Transaction Analysis Blog: Mets Place Davis ...
2011-05-10 - Transaction Analysis Blog: Mazzaro Moves In
2011-05-09 - Transaction Analysis Blog: Reds Get Bailey a...
2011-05-08 - Transaction Analysis Blog: Mets Place Young ...
More...

INCOMING ARTICLE LINKS
2011-05-18 - Prospectus Hit List: Braving the Storm