Mike Pelfrey – His New York Mets Career 2006-2012

Mike PelfreyRight-handed pitcher Mike Pelfrey was the Mets number one pick (9th overall) in the 2005 amateur draft.  He made his Major League debut a year later on July 8 against the Florida Marlins.  He allowed 3 runs over 5 innings and was the winning pitcher as the Mets cruised to a 17-3 victory.  He also won his next start on July 18.  Overall, he made four starts for the Mets in 2006 and went 2-1 with a 5.48 ERA.

Pelfrey made the Mets starting rotation out of Spring Training.  He received a no-decision in his first start of the season, a Mets 3-2 win over the Washington Nationals.  But he than lost his next five starts and with his ERA at 6.53 was demoted to the minors.  He returned in July and made 4 starts but with similar results and with his record at 0-7 was once again demoted.  He returned when rosters expanded in September and pitched well posting a 3-1 record.  For the season he went 3-8 with a 5.57 ERA.

Pelfrey was slotted to be the Mets number 5 starter in 2008 and spent the entire season with the team.  After starting the season 2-6 Pelfrey hit his stride in June.  From June to the end of August he went 11-2 in 17 starts.   He was named the National League player of the week for the week ending July 13.  In two starts he pitched 15 shutout innings and allowed just 9 hits.  He threw his first career complete game on August 20, a three hitter against the Atlanta Braves and followed that up with another complete game against the Houston Astros on August 25.  For the season Pelfrey finished 13-11 with a 3.72 ERA.

In 2009 Pelfrey had the honor of starting the first game at the Mets new ballpark CitiField.  He gave up a leadoff home run and five earned runs as the Mets lost 6-5 to the San Diego Padres.   For the season he went 10-12 with a 5.03 ERA.  His best appearance came on September 6 when he allowed just 5 hits and 1 run over 8 innings as the Mets defeated the Cincinnati Reds 4-2.

2010 turned out to be Pelfrey’s best season while with the Mets.  He started the season 4-0 with a 0.69 ERA.  He even heard a save on April 17 when he pitched the 20th inning in the Mets 2-1 win over the St. Louis Cardinals.  By the end of June his record was 10-2.   He finished the season 15-9 with a 3.64 ERA. His 15 wins were the most on the team.

Unfortunately, his 2011 season was a disappointment.  He posted a 7-13 record with a 4.74 ERA.  His best outing came on June 18 when he pitched a complete game and allowed just 5 hits and 1 run against the Los Angeles Angels. He also earned another complete game victory on July 27 against the Cincinnati Reds.

Pelfrey started 3 games in 2012 but than was shut down for the season when it was determined that he would need Tommy John surgery on his elbow.  The surgery ended his Mets career; after the season he was granted free agency and he signed with the Minnesota Twins.

Over 7 seasons with the Mets Pelfrey went 50-54 with a 4.36 ERA.

While with the Mets Pelfrey wore number 34.

Mike Pelfrey also played for the following teams:
Minnesota Twins – 2013-2015
Detroit Tigers – 2016
Chicago White Sox – 2017

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Ryota Igarashi – His New York Mets Career 2010-2011

Ryota IgarashiThe Mets signed right-handed pitcher Ryota Igarashi as a free agent on December 16, 2009.  Igarashi was an All-Star in his native Japan and would serve as a setup man for the Mets over the next two seasons,

Igarashi made his Major League debut on April 8, 2010 against the Florida Marlins.  He pitched a scoreless 7th inning as the Mets lost 3-1.  He went on to appear in 34 games and posted a 1-1 record with a 7.12 ERA.  His one victory came in his next to last game of the season against the Washington Nationals.  He entered the game in the 7th inning with the Mets down a run and pitched just a 1/3 of an inning and struck out the only batter he faced, The Mets rallied to score five runs over the next two innings and since Igarashi was the pitcher of record when the Mets took the lead he was credited with the win,

Igarashi returned in 2011 and appeared in 45 games and went 4-1 with a 4.66 ERA.  Following the season, the Mets released Igarashi.   In 79 games over two season Igarashi posted a 5-2 record with a 5.74 ERA.

While with the Mets Igarashi wore number 18.

Ryota Igarashi also played for the following teams:
Toronto Blue Jays = 2012
New York Yankees – 2012

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Joaquin Arias – His New York Mets Career 2010

Joaquin AriasAcquired from the Texas Rangers on August 31, 2010 in exchange for outfielder Jeff Franceour, Joaquin Arias spent the final month of the 2010 season playing the role of utility player for the Mets. He made his Mets debut on September 1 as a defensive replacement and would go on to appear in 22 games. Arias batted .200 (6 for 30) with 4 RBIs during his tenure in New York.

Following the season the Mets placed Arias on waivers and he was selected by the Kansas City Royals.

While with the Mets Arias wore number 12

Joaquin Arias also played for the following teams:
Texas Rangers – 2006, 2008-2010
San Francisco Giants – 2012-2015

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Elmer Dessens – His New York Mets Career 2009,2010

San Diego Padres  v New York MetsElmer Dessens was a 12-year journeyman pitcher when the Mets signed him as a free agent on February 5, 2009. After starting the season in the minors Dessens made his Mets debut on June 23 and pitched 2 innings of scoreless relief against the St Louis Cardinals, a game the Mets lost 3-0. Dessens would appear in 28 games for the Mets in 2009 all out of the bullpen. His record was 0-0 with a 3.31 ERA.

The Mets resigned Dessens in 2010 and he once again started the season in the minors before making his season debut on May 21. Once again, he would pitch exclusively out of the bullpen appearing in 53 games. He quietly went about his business and finished the season with a 4-2 record and 2.30 ERA.

Following the season Dessens signed as a free agent with the San Francisco Giants.

In two seasons for the Mets Dessens posted a 4-2 record with a 2.71 ERA in 81 relief appearances.

While with the Mets Dessens wore number 64.

Elmer Dessens also played for the following teams:
Pittsburgh Pirates – 1996-1998
Cincinnati Reds – 2000-2002
Arizona Diamondbacks – 2003,2004
Los Angeles Dodger – 2004-2006
Kansas City Royals – 2006
Milwaukee Brewers – 2007
Colorado Rockies – 2007
Atlanta Braves – 2008

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Josh Thole – His New York Mets Career 2009-2012

Josh TholeThe Mets drafted catcher Josh Thole in the 13th round of the 2005 amateur draft.  After spending 5 seasons in the minors he finally made his Major League debut on September 3, 2009 as the starting catcher against the Colorado Rockies.  He singled in his first career at bat and finished the game 2 for 5 as the Mets won 8-3.  Thole finished out the season with the Mets appearing in 17 games and batted .321 with 9 RBIs.  On September 13 he went 4 for 4 against the Philadelphia Phillies.

Thole started the 2010 season in the minors before being called up at the end of June.  He finished out the season with the Mets and appeared in 73 games.  He hit .277 with 3 home runs and 17 RBIs.  He hit his first career home run on July 20 against the Arizona Diamondbacks, an 8th inning solo shot that brought the Mets to within 2 runs in a game they lost 3-2.  On October 1 he hit a walk off home run to give the Mets a 2-1 victory over the Washington Nationals. 

Thole spent the entire 2011 with the Mets. As their regular catcher he appeared in 114 games and hit .268 with 3 home runs and 40 RBIs.  He had a 4-hit game on August 10th against the San Diego Padres and a couple of 3 RBI games, April 26th against the Washington Nationals and May 29th against the Philadelphia Philies.

Thole once again spent the entire season with the Mets in 2012.  He hit just .234 with a home run and 21 RBIs.  But the highlight of his season came on June 1 when he was the catcher as Johan Santana pitch the first no-hitter in franchise history. 

Following the season, the Mets traded Thole to the Toronto Blue Jays along with R.A. Dickey and Mike Nickeas in exchange for John Buck, Travis d’Arnaud, Noah Syndergaard and Wullmer Becerra.

In 308 games over four seasons Thole hit .261 with 7 home runs and 87 RBIs.

While with the Mets Thole wore number 30.

Josh Thole also played for the Toronto Blue Jays from 2013-2016.

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Angel Pagan – His New York Mets Career 2008-2011

MetsThe Mets originally drafted outfielder Angel Pagan in the 4th round of the 1999 amateur draft.  But after spending five years in the minors the Mets sold him to the Chicago Cubs on January 25, 2006.  After spending two seasons with the Cubs Pagan was traded back to the Mets on January 5, 2008 in exchange for minor leaguers Corey Coles and Ryan Meyers.

Pagan finally made his Mets debut on March 31, 2008 as their Opening Day leftfielder.  He went 1 for 3 with a double an RBI in the Mets 7-2 win over the Florida Marlins.  Pagan got off to a fast start by hitting safely in 11 of his first 2 games for a .381 average.  On April 10 against the Philadelphia Phillies he went 3 for 5 including the game winning hit in the 12rh inning.  However, his season was cut short on May 13 when he was placed on the disabled list with a left shoulder contusion.  The injury occurred on May 7 when he fell into the stands following a spectacular catch in foul territory.  At the time of his injury he was hitting .275 with 13 RBIs.

Pagan started the 2009 started the season on the disabled list joining the club on May 16.  In his first start of the season on May 18 he went 4 for 6 but it was not enough as the Mets lost 3-2 to the Dodgers.  He continued his hot hitting over the next two weeks, hitting .333 before a groin injury sidelined him for six weeks.  He returned to the Mets on July 10 and spent the rest of the season as their everyday leftfielder.  Om August 1 against the Arizona Diamondbacks he hit an 8th inning grand slam, his first home run as a Met, to propel the Mets to a 8-6 victory.  On August 5, he went 3 for 4 and was a double shy of hitting for the cycle in the Mets 9-0 win over the St. Louis Cardinals.  He also hit 2 home runs in the Mets 9-7 loss to the Philadelphia Phillies on August 23. For the season he hit .306 with 6 home runs and 32 RBIs.  He also led the team in triples with 11. 

Pagan stayed healthy for the 2010 season and had his most productive season with the Mets.  He hit .290 with 11 home runs and 69 RBIs.  He led the team in hits (168), stolen bases (37) and batting average, His best game occurred on June 22 against the Detroit Tigers, he went 4 for 6 with 5 RBIs falling a home run short of a cycle in the Mets 14-6 victory.  In a three-game stretch against the Pittsburgh Prates from September 14-16, he had 8 hits and 7 RBIs. 

Pagan got off to a slow start in 2011 hitting just .159 over the first three weeks of the season before a rib injury sidelined him for a month.  When he returned on May 27 he hit safely in his first 8 games. By the end of June, he had raised his average over 100 points.  On July 20 he hit a game winning walk-off home run against the St. Louis Cardinals. Pagan finished the season with a .262 average and 7 home runs and 56 RBIs.

Following the season, the Mets traded Pagan to the San Francisco Giants for Andres Torres and Ramon Ramirez.

In 393 games for the Mets Pagan hit .284 with 24 home runs and 170 RBIs.

While with the Mets Pagan wore number 16.

Angel Pagan also played for the following teams:
Chicago Cubs – 2006,2007
San Francisco Giants – 2012-2016

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Tobi Stoner – His New York Mets Career 2009,2010

Tobi StonerThe Mets selected right-handed pitcher Tobi Stoner in the 16th round of the 2006 amateur draft.  After spending 4 seasons in the minors he made his Major League debut on September 9, 2009.  He pitched one inning of scoreless relief in the Mets 13-4 loss to the Florida Marlins.  He appeared in 3 more games and posted a 0-0 record with a 4.00 ERA in 9 innings. 

Stoner appeared in one game for the Mets in 2010.  He allowed one run in 2 1/3 innings and was the losing pitcher in the Mets 5-3 loss to the St. Louis Cardinals.  He spent he reminder of the season in the minors as well as the 2011 season before being released on March 26, 2012.

In 5 appearances over 2 seasons Stoner posted a 0-1 record with a 3.97 ERA.

While with the Mets Stoner wore number 29.

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Sean Green – His New York Mets Career 2009-2010

Sean GreenThe Mets acquired right-handed reliever Sean Green from the Seattle Mariners as part of 12 player 3 team trade on December 11, 2008. He made his Met debut on Opening Day 2009 pitching 1 1/3 innings of scoreless relief in the Mets 2-1 victory over the Cincinnati Reds. He would go on to appear in 79 games for the season finishing with a 1-4 record with 1 save and a 4.52 ERA. He earned his only victory of the season on June 5 against the Washington Nationals when he pitched a scoreless 9th inning in the Mets 3-1 10 inning win. His only save came against the Houston Astros on July 26 when he pitched the final 1 1/3 innings.

Green returned to the Mets in 2010. He made one appearance in April but was quickly sidelined with a rib injury. He would not return until September He appeared in 10 games in the final month of the season, finished with 0-0 record and 3.86 ERA in 9 1/3 innings.

Following the season Green signed with the Milwaukee Brewers a free agent. Over two seasons he appeared in 90 games posting a 1-4 record with 1 save and a 4.44 ERA.

While with the Mets Green wore number 50.

Sean Green also played for the Seattle Mariners from 2006-2008 and Milwaukee Brewers in 2011.

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Mike Nickeas – His New York Mets Career 2010,2011,2012

Mike NickeasThe New York Mets acquired catcher Mike Nickeas from the Texas Rangers in exchange for Victor Diaz on August 30, 2006.  After spending five seasons in the minors Nickeas finally made his Major League debut on September 4, 2010 against the Chicago Cubs.  As the starting catcher he went 0-2 at the plate.  He would appear in five games for the Mets down the stretch and batted .200 (2 for 10).  Both of his hits came in the same game on September 29 against the Milwaukee Brewers.

Nickeas started the 2011 season with the Mets, appearing in 8 games before being demoted to the minors at the end of April.  At the time he was hitting .250 with 1 home run and 3 RBIs. His first home run came on April 21 in a 9-1 win over the Houston Astros.  Nickeas returned to the Mets at the end of the season.  He appeared in another 13 games and finished with a .189 average (10 for 53).

He spent the majority of the 2012 season with the Mets appearing in 47 games and batted .174 with 1 home run and 13 RBIs.  His 1 home run was a grand slam in the Mets 9-0 win over the San Diego Padres on May 26.

Following the season Nickeas was traded to the Toronto Blue Jays along with R.A Dickey and Josh Thole in exchange for John Buck, Travis d’Arnaud, Noah Syndegaard and Wullmer Becerra.

In 73 total games over 3 seasons with the Mets Nickeas hit .180 with 2 home runs and 19 RBIs.

While with the Mets Nickeas wore number 13 in 2010 and 2011 and number 4 in 2012.

Mike Nickeas also played for the Toronto Blue Jays in 2013.

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Henry Blanco – His New York Mets Career 2010

Henry BlancoThe Mets signed journeyman catcher Henry Blanco as a free agent on December 4,2009. He made his Met debut on April 5, 2010 as the starting catcher against the Washington Nationals.  He went 0 for 2 but did drive in a run with a sacrifice fly in the Mets 4-3 loss.  He would appear in 50 games for the Mets in 2010, hitting .215 with 2 home runs and 8 RBIs.

The highlight of his season came on May 8th against the San Francisco Giants when he went 3 for 5 and won the game with a walk off home run in the bottom of the 11th inning.

2010 would be Blanco’s only season with the Mets as he signed with the Arizona Diamondbacks in the offseason.

White with the Mets Blanco wore number 4.

Henry Blanco also played for the following teams:
Los Angeles Dodgers – 1997
Colorado Rockies – 1999
Milwaukee Brewers – 2000,2001
Atlanta Braves – 2002,2003
Minnesota Twins – 2004
Chicago Cubs – 2005-2008
San Diego Padres – 2009
Arizona Diamondbacks – 2011,2012
Seattle Mariners – 2013
Toronto Blue Jays – 2013
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