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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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 at 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 21st in 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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Blaine Boyer – His New York Mets Career 2011

Blaine BoyerThe Mets signed right-handed pitcher Blaine Boyer as a free agent on January 11, 2011.  He made his Met debut on Opening Day 2011 against the Florida Marlins, he pitched 2/3 innings and allowed 1 hit in the Mets 6-2 loss.  The next day he earned the save when he pitched the 10th inning in the Mets 6-4 win.  Boyer appeared in 3 more games and was the losing pitcher in 2 of them before being released on April 13th.  At the time of his release he had an 0-2 record with a 10.80 ERA in 6 2/3 innings.

While with the Mets Boyer wore number 23.

Blaine Boyer also played for the following teams:
Atlanta Braves – 2005-2009
Arizona Diamondbacks – 2009,2010
St. Louis Cardinals – 2009
San Diego Padres – 2014
Minnesota Twins – 2015
Milwaukee Brewers – 2016
Boston Red Sox – 2017

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D.J. Carrasco – His New York Mets Career 2011,2012

DJ CarrascoThe Mets signed right-handed pitcher D.J. Carrasco as a free agent prior to the 2011 season.  He made his Met debut on April 3, 2011 pitching 1/3 of an inning in the Mets 9-2 win over the Florida Marlins.  He would go on to appear in 42 games, all but one out of the bullpen, and posted a 1-3 record with a 6.02 ERA.  His only victory occurred on August 9 when he pitched a scoreless 8th inning in the Mets 5-4 victory over the San Diego Padres.  He lost his only start on April 16th against the Atlanta Braves, he lasted just 3 2/3 innings and allowed 3 earned runs.

Carrasco appeared in 4 games for the Mets in 2012 and posted a 7.36 ERA before being released on May 25.

In 46 games over 2 seasons Carrasco posted a 1-3 record with a 6.11 ERA

While with the Mets Carrasco wore number 77.

D.J. Carrasco also played for the following teams:
Kansas City Royals – 2003,2004,2005
Chicago White Sox – 2008,2009
Arizona Diamondbacks- 2010
Pittsburgh Pirates – 2010

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Manny Acosta – His New York Mets Career 2010-2012

Manny AcostaThe Mets claimed right-handed pitcher Manny Acosta off waivers from the Atlanta Braves on March 30, 2010.  After starting the season in the minors Acosta made his Met debut on April 21 against the Chicago Cubs.  He allowed 3 runs over 1 1/3 innings in the Mets 9-3 loss.  He earned his win as a Met three days later when he pitched 1 2/3 innings of scoreless relief against the Atlanta Braves.  He would go on to appear in 41 games for the Mets in 2010 posting a 3-2 record with 1 save and a 2.95 ERA.  His only save came on August 18th against the Houston Astros when he pitched a scoreless 14th inning to protect the Mets 3-2.

Acosta started the 2011 season in the minors before joining the Mets in June   He would appear in 44 games posting a 4-1 record with 4 saves and 3.45 ERA.  Following the trade of Francisco Rodriguez, he was often used as the team’s closer. 

He returned in 2012 but suffered through his worst season as a Met.  He went 1-3 in 45 games with one save and posted an astronomical ERA of 6.46. 

Following the season, he was granted free agency and opted to take his right arm to Japan.  In 130 relief appearances for the Mets over 3 season he recorded a 8-6 record with 6 saves and 4.37 ERA.

While with the Mets Acosta wore 36 in 2010 and number 46 in 2011 and 2012.

Manny Acosta also played for the Atlanta Braves from 2007-2009.

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Dale Thayer – His New York Mets Career 2011

Dale ThayerThe Mets signed right-handed pitcher Dale Thayer as a free agent prior to the 2011 season.  After starting the season in the minors he made his Met debut on May 28th against the Philadelphia Phillies.  He pitched one inning and gave up one run as the Mets lost 5- 2.  He appeared in three more games before being shipped back to the minors.  He returned to the Mets in September to finish out the season.  He appeared in a total of 11 games and posted a 0-3 record with a 3.49 ERA.

Following the season Thayer signed as a free agent with the San Diego Padres.

While with the Mets Thayer wore numbers 46 and 36.

Dale Thayer also played for the following teams:
Tampa Bay Rays – 2009,2010
San Diego Padres – 2012-2015

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Nick Evans – His New York Mets Career 2008-2011

Nick EvansNick Evans was drafted by the Mets in the 5th round of 2004 amateur draft and spent the next 4 years in their minor league system before making his Major League debut on May 25, 2008.  As the Mets starting leftfielder he broke in with a bang going 3-4 with 3 doubles and 2 RBIs in the 9-7 win over the Colorado Rockies.  He not only tied the franchise record for doubles in a game, but also became just the second player in Major League history to record 3 double in their debut.  Unfortunately for Evans that would be the highlight of his 4 seasons with the Mets, 4 seasons in which he shuffled back and forth between the Mets and the minor leagues.

He hit his first Major League home run on August 31, 2008 in the Mets 6-2 victory over the Florida Marlins.  Overall Evans would play 159 games for the Mets from 2008-2011, with his most productive season coming in 2011.  During that season, he hit 4 home runs and drove in 25 runs.  

Evans was granted free agency following the 2011 season and signed with the Pittsburgh Pirates.  He finished his Mets career with a .256 batting average and 8 home runs and 46 RBIs.

While with the Mets Evans wore number 6.

Nick Evans also played for the Arizona Diamondbacks in 2014.

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Brad Emaus – His New York Mets Career 2011

Brad EmausFollowing the release of Luis Castillo during Spring Training the Mets gave the starting second base job to Brad Emaus whom they drafted from the Toronto Blue Jays during the rule 5 draft.  But Emaus could not take advantage of the opportunity and lasted just 14 games with the Mets.

Emaus made his Major League debut on Opening Day and went 0 for 2 with a walk.  During his next three starts he went for 4 for 11 but he then preceded to record just 2 hits over his next 23 at bats.  Based on his slow start the Mets designated him for assignment on April 21.  Since he was drafted in the Rule 5 draft he had to remain on the Mets 25-man roster for the entire season or else be offered back to the Blue Jays.  The Blue Jays accepted him but then quickly traded him to the Colorado Rockies.

During his 14 games with the Mets Emaus batted .162 with one RBI.

Emaus did return to the Mets organization in 2012 but never made it out of the minors.  He played 73 games for the Buffalo Bisons, the Mets triple A affiliate.

While with the Mets Emaus wore number 4.

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Miguel Batista – His New York Mets Career 2011,2012

miguel BatistaThe Mets signed right-handed pitcher Miguel Batista as a free agent on July 1, 2011 following his release from the St. Louis Cardinals.  The 15-year veteran immediately reported to the Buffalo Bisons, the Mets triple A affiliate, where he appeared in 10 games and posted a 3-0 record.  On September 1 he was recalled to the big club and made his Met debut against the Florida Marlins.  He started the game and pitched 6 innings and allowed 2 runs to earn the victory.  Batista finished out season with the Mets as both a starter and reliever appearing in 9 games.  He pitched effectively and finished with a 3-0 record and 2.64 ERA.

Batista returned to the Mets in 2012 and appeared in 30 games, all but 5 out of the bullpen, and posted a 1-3 record with a 4.82 ERA before being released on July 26, 2012.  His only victory occurred on May 14 against the Milwaukee Brewers when he started and pitched 7 shutout innings.

In two seasons Batista appeared in 39 games and posted a 3-3 record with a 3.96 ERA.

While with the Mets Batista wore number 47.

Miguel Batista also played for the following teams:
Pittsburgh Pirates – 1992
Florida Marlins – 1996
Chicago Cubs – 1997
Montreal Expos – 1998-2000
Kansas City Royals – 2000
Arizona Diamondbacks – 2001-2003,2006
Toronto Blue Jays – 2004,2005
Seattle Mariners – 2007-2009
Washington Nationals – 2010
St. Louis Cardinals – 2011
Atlanta Braves – 2012

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