Tuesday, June 14, 2011

Who's left in Buffalo: Lutz,Figueroa, Manriguez and others...

With no return in site for David Wright and Ike Davis, the Mets have been getting some unlikely contributions from the likes of Ruben Tejada ( suppose to be all glove no bat), Justin Turner, Jason Pridie and Daniel Murphy.  If these players start to tail off and they need to play whoever has a hot hand, here is a look at who's left in Buffalo...

If the Mets decide that David Wright isn't coming back soon and would prefer a natural 3B full time, after spending some time on the DL Zach Lutz has returned.  In 17 games Lutz is hitting .304 with an .845 OPS, the #11 prospect has been described as a 3B version of Lucas Duda.  The 5th round pick has missed a lot of time due to injuries and his defensive skills are questionable but offensively he should be a power hitter despite only having one home run so far this year.


When I asked Mike Harrington of the Buffalo News who he'd call upon if the Mets needed someone here is what he said...



They could give 37 y/o veteran Luis Figueroa a shot, the 2B/SS/3B has played over 1,500 minor league games between the three positions and has a career AAA batting average of .292.  He's only made it into 18 major league games in which he hit .125.  Figueroa was named Bison's player of the week...

Figueroa was a permanent fixture on the base paths for the Bisons last week. The veteran shortstop had at least one hit all seven of the Herd's games. All told, Figueroa had nine hits and eight base on balls during the week. There were four games where he reached base at least three times. source MiLB

Another option on the infield is Michael Fisher, the 26 y/o was the 6th round pick of the Braves in 2007.  He is currently hitting .274 in his first stint in AAA and has played all four infield positions while 2B is his natural spot.

Fernando Martinez looked better this time around ( BA .250) and is hitting .281,  while last year's feel good story Jesus Feliciano is hitting .270.  For those wondering prospect Kirk Nieuwenhuis is on the 7 day DL and unavailable. 

Then there is catcher Salomon Manriquez who landed in the Mets system in 2010, the 28 journeyman hadn't been above AA until he came to the Mets.  Between his two seasons he has a AAA career BA of .286 and so far this season he's hitting .308 with a .333 OBP.  Predominantly a catcher he has filled in at 1B for 56 games since coming to the Mets org.


Aside from  last year's fan favorite Val; that's about all that's left in Buffalo, the Mets have already pretty much tapped out there upper minor leagues for players.

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