Mark Himmelstein

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Where all the happiness in Citi Field has gone


My girlfriend may or may not have inadvertently discovered to where all the happiness in Citi Field has gone

84 Thoughts Every Mets Fan Will Have Over The Course Of The Season


Number 20 made me wonder if "Matt Kiebus" was an alias for "Sam Page".

Fans want to see Mejia, but should the Mets?

On Twitter and in comments sections, the verdict is near unanimous: fans want to see Jenrry Mejia pitch. But is naming him the fifth starter in the team's best interest? Might they be better served practicing patience with the fragile young phenom?

Where in the lineup should Lucas Duda hit?


Lucas Duda has hit sixth. Lucas Duda has hit fourth. Lucas Duda has even hit fifth. But what if, he hit, Second?!

How Sandy Is Playing Scott Boras And Michael Bourn


In his brief tenure as Mets General Manager, Sandy Alderson has proven quite adept at rigging transaction situations to his favor. Is he doing it once again with Michael Bourn?

Minor League Injury Updates: Reese Havens Found, Jeurys Familia MIA


Reese Havens made his season debut yesterday for the St. Lucie Mets after missing most of April with a strained oblique. I'm guessing his assignment to St. Lucie is temporary and related to his rehab and the warm weather (though upstate New York probably feels about as close to Florida this weekend as it ever does) rather than the level of competition. Expect him to join the Binghamton squad in the near future. He was 1-3 with a walk. Of course, the news wasn't all good, as Jeurys Familia missed his scheduled start for the PSL Mets in the same game. No news yet on why he was unable to appear. Elsewhere, Fernando Martinez hit a homer in his first AB back in the Buffalo Bisons lineup after missing a handful of games with a sore back. Update: According to Toby Hyde via Twitter, Familia has been placed on the St. Lucie 7-day DL with a left wrist burn.

Nick Evans Named Eastern League Player of the Week


The number of people wondering why Nick Evans is in Double-A > The number of people surprised he's the EL player of the week.

Ike Davis Service Time Clarification


Mets fans are atwitter about Ike Davis's service time and when he'll be eligible for arbitration.

System Overview Part One: The Upper Minors


Do the Mets have the depth in the upper minors to overcome a slow start? A look at the rosters and early season action for the Buffalo Bisons and Binghamton Mets

Compromising with Jerry Instead of Compromising Jenrry


Is there a way for the Mets to make use of Jenrry Mejia without ruining his development as a starting pitcher? How Omar Minaya can satisfy Jerry Manuel without ruining his farm's most promising prospect.

Not a Rookie: Daniel Murphy


John Sickels profiles the Mets' projected opening day first baseman.

Good Times in Big League Camp for Top Prospects


Mets Top Prospects off to a rollicking this spring. Fernando Martinez encores Jenrry Mejia and Ike Davis's impressive debuts with a 4 for 4, two home run game.

Minor League Run Environments


Fantastic article over at THT by Justin Inaz discussing the variety of run environments among the affiliated leagues. Its widely known how pitcher friendly the FSL is, and this research reflects that, as it has the lowest run environment both in terms of Base Runs and Actual Runs. The next five lowest in order are the GCL, International, NY-PA, Midwest, and Eastern Leagues. The Mets have affiliates in every one of those leagues save the Midwest. The highest run environment the Mets have an affiliate in is the Appy League, where Wilmer Flores made a name for himself. The South Atlantic League, where Wilmer spent 2009, is just about middle of the pack. Its worth keeping all this in mind when regarding Mets prospects. Almost all of their affiliated teams play in leagues that are much more pitcher friendly than most other leagues at the same level. Hitters in the system are much more likely to get undervalued and pitchers much more likely to get overvalued.

Rydin' Ruff in the Buffalo....Rotation?


Rydin' Ruff in the Buffalo....Rotation?

Ike Davis Live Chat Tomorrow at Baseball America


Baseball America to hold chat with Mets prospect Ike Davis on Tuesday, February 23rd, at 5pm ET.

Carlos Delgado Undergoes Second Hip Surgery


Just imagine if the team had signed him and this came out. Delgado is expected to miss about four months, though he still intends to play this year once he returns.

Keith Law's Top 100 Prospects


Discussing Keith Law's Top 100 Prospects and organizational breakdown

Jon Niese Throws From Mound, Expects to Be Ready Opening Day


As per a pair of tweets from Ken Davidoff. Having Niese healthy and miraculously getting Nelson Figueroa through waivers again to start the season would give the Mets Bisons one of the best 1-2 combos in Triple-A. That might not sound like much, but its the kind of depth that would make signing a little-talent, high-durability guy like Jon Garland pretty superfluous.

Captain Kirk's Glove


Resolving Baseball America's scouting reports with Sean Smith's TotalZone defensive ratings for one of the Mets top outfield prospects.

Mets Top Prospects: #20 Dillon Gee


Counting down the Mets Top Prospects: #20 Dillon Gee

What Have We Learned? A Brief History of a Non-Dynasty, Part 1


An in depth look at what's happened to Omar Minaya's Mets over the last half-decade, and how they wound up were they are today.


The Molina Gambit

(bumped from fanposts. --eric) The current market for catchers is moving about as fast as Bengie Molina trying to score from third on a medium-deep fly ball.  According to the parenthetical...


Outfielder Valuation and Mike Cameron

With all the talk of Jason Bay floating around, and specifically comparing him to Mike Cameron, I thought now would be a good time to discuss methods of outfielder valuation.  When we talk about...

Chapman to Throw Next Week, Mets to Watch


There's some buzz now that despite the $60 million pricetag that was floated around earlier this offseason, Chapman may get less than $20 million. If this is the case, he could very well become one of the better high-risk fits for a team like the Mets. The problem presented with matching up a different high risk guy, say Sheets or Bedard, with a lower upside "innings eater," is that it forces someone, most likely John Maine, out of the rotation right away. Then if they did get hurt, Jon Niese and Nelson Figueroa would essentially be the only replacement options. With Chapman, who would be in his first year of service time, he could be out-righted to the minors after the spring if he didn't look quite polished enough yet. Maine could keep his spot warm, and Niese and Chapman could essentially compete in Triple-A to be the guy who forces Maine to the pen eventually.

Yanks, D'Backs, Tigers Three-Way is Close


According to multiple sources. The Yankees would receive Curtis Granderson, the D'Backs Edwin Jackson and Ian Kennedy, and the Tigers would get Max Scherzer, Austin Jackson, Phil Coke, and Daniel Schlereth. I'm personally hoping this deal goes through, so we can stop hearing about how "great" Austin Jackson is from Yankee Fans.

Bob Melvin Brought into the Fold


According to Joel Sherman, he's been hired as a Major League scout. Just one more manager waiting in the weeds for Jerry to let Pedro Feliciano pitch to Matt Diaz again.

Davey Johnson Advocated False Hustle


All it ever got him was a championship. Hat tip to arnec at BtB for the link.

Project Prospect Rankings By Position

14 has been running a series on the top prospects in the minors for each position, going 15 deep at each position and 30 deep for pitchers. The Project Prospect philosophy is more about giving credit for high floors than some other big prospect pundit, though upside is still obviously considered. Here are the Mets farmies who appear in the rankings (rank on respective list in parenthesis): John Niese, P (16) Jenrry Mejia, P (18) Fernando Martinez, CF (3) Ruben Tejada, SS (13) Reese Havens, 2B (5) Ike Davis, 1B (7) The Mets had no ranked players on the Catcher, Third Base, or Corner Outfield lists.

Rays Closing in on Shoppach


How come whenever we all agree on an idea here at AA, it seems like the Red Sox or Rays are the ones to pull the trigger on it?

The Inevitable, Alex Cora Close to Resigning


Apparently he's getting his $2 million, once again guaranteed, this time with some type of vesting option.

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