Sunday, April 18, 2010

Ike Davis to be called up, soon?

Through 11 games, Mets pitchers are hitting .238 and nearly 100 points higher than Mets first basemen, who have a combined average of .143, as pointed out by ESPN's Adam Rubin.

In other words, it was time for the Mets, who have the National League's second-worst record at 4-8, to make a move.

The first part of the move involves adding a reliever to help their pen recover from their 20-inning game on Saturday.

To make room for an additional pitcher, the Mets have designated first baseman Mike Jacobs, who was hitting .208, for assignment and recalled pitcher Tobi Stoner from Triple-A Buffalo, per Andy Martino of the NY Daily News.

After their relievers are back at full strength, the Mets will likely call up first base prospect Ike Davis from Buffalo. The 23-year-old was the team's first-round pick in 2008.

“You have witnessed some of the young talents doing well so far here at the major league level,” [Mets manager Jerry] Manuel said, per David Waldstein of the New York Times. “So, he’s exciting.”

Davis, who hit .480 during the spring, is hitting .364 for Buffalo.

He’s definitely seeing the ball well,” Stoner said, per Brian Costa of the Newark Star-Ledger. “He’s got such a pretty swing and he’s got a lot of pop behind it. He’s playing well down there. ... He’s locked in. He’s just a great hitter. He’s a tough out.”

According to Rubin, a successful start by Davis (when called up) could ultimately lead to a demotion to Buffalo for Daniel Murphy, who is rehabilitating for a sprained MCL.

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