Chris Schwinden – His New York Mets Career 2011,2012

Chris SchwindenDrafted in the 22nd round of the 2008 amateur draft, right-handed pitcher Chris Schwinden made his Major League debut with the Mets on September 8, 2011.  As the Mets starting pitcher he allowed 5 runs over 5 innings and was the losing pitcher as the Mets lost to the Atlanta Braves 6-5.  He made three more starts and finished the season 0-2 with a 4.71 ERA.

Schwinden made three appearances for the Mets in 2012, 2 as a starter and went 0=1 with a 12.46 ERA.  He than was farmed back to the minors where he pitched the next two seasons before being released on March 24, 2014.

In 7 appearances for the Mets Schwinden posted a 0-3 record with a 6.98 ERA.

While with the Mets Schwinden wore number 63.

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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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Josh Satin – His New York Mets Career – 2011-2014

Josh SatinInfielder Josh Satin made his Major League debut with the Mets on September 4, 2011 against the Washington Nationals.  As the starting 1st baseman he singled in his first big league at bat and finished the game 1 for 2.  He appeared in 15 games for the Mets and batted .200 (5 for 25) with 2 RBIs.  Both his RBIs came on September 21 when as pinch hitter he doubled home two runners in the Mets 6-5 loss to the St. Louis Cardinals. 

Satin appeared in just one game and had just one at bat in 2012. On June 5 he struck out when he pinches hit for pitcher Miguel Batista.

He joined the Mets in June of 2013 and appeared in 75 games, mainly as a pinch hitter.  He batted .279 with 3 home runs and 17 RBIs.  He hit his first career home run on July 3 against the Arizona Diamondbacks.

Satin started the 2014 season with the Mets but was demoted to the minors at the beginning of May with his batting average at just .107.  He returned in September but went hitless in 10 at bats.

At the end of the season he was granted free agency and signed with the Cincinnati Reds.  In 116 games for the Mets he batted .243 with 3 home runs and 22 RBIs.

While with the Mets Satin wore number 3 in 2011 and 2012 and number 13 in 2013 and 2014.

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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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Mike Baxter – His New York Mets Career 2011-2013

Mike BaxterThe Mets claimed outfielder Mike Baxter off waivers from the San Diego Padres on July 22, 2011.  It was a dream come true for Baxter. As a native of Whitestone, Queens, a long fly ball from Shea Stadium, Baxter grew up a diehard Met fan and dreamed of one day playing for them.  He made his Met debut on August 8 against the San Diego Padres when he pinch hit for pitcher Ryota Igarashi.  He doubled and drove in a run to bring the Mets to within three runs in a game they would win 9-8.  Baxter would appear in 22 games for the Mets over the remainder of the season and batted .235 with 1 home run and 4 RBIs.  His one home run came on the last day of the season, a two-run shot in the 6th inning that helped cement the Mets 3-0 vctory over the Cincinnati Reds.

Baxter made the Mets roster out of Spring Training in 2012 and would appear 89 games, mainly as a pinch hitter.  He batted .263 with 3 home runs and 17 RBIs.  But it was his actions on June 1 that would cement his legacy in Mets history.  It was on that day that Johan Santana pitched the first no-hitter in franchise history.  But if not for Baxter it might not have occurred.  In the 7th inning Baxter preserved the no-hitter by making a spectacular catch  against the wall.  Unfortunately for Baxter he injured his shoulder on the play and landed on the disabled list for two months.  He returned on July 30.  On August 4 he set a franchise record with 5 walks in a game.

Baxter returned in 2013 and again served mainly as a pinch hitter.  He appeared in 74 games but batted just .189 with 4 RBIs.  The highlight of his season came on May 7 when he hit a pinch hit walk off single to give the Mets a 1-0 victory over the Chicago White Sox.

The Mets placed Baxter on waivers following the season and he was picked up by the Los Angeles Dodgers.  In 185 career games for the Mets Baxter batted .232 with 4 home runs and 25 RBIs.

While with the Mets Baxter wore number 23.

Mike Baxter also played for the following teams:
San Diego Padres – 2010
Los Angeles Dodgers – 2014
Chicago Cubs – 2015

 

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Mike Baxter’s catch against the wall preserves Johan Santana’s no-hitter

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Willie Harris – His New York Mets Career 2011

Willie HarrisThe Mets signed 10-year veteran Willie Harris as a free agent prior to the 2011 season. The plan was to use him mainly as a pinch hitter and back up outfielder but due to the rash of injuries the Mets suffered during the season, he saw considerably more playing time. After making his Met debut as their opening day leftfielder, a game in which he went 2 for 4 and scored the Mets first run of the season, he went on to appear in a team best 126 games playing all three outfield positions as well as 2nd and 3rd base. He finished the seasons with 2 home runs, 23 RBIs and a .246 batting average,

Following the 2011 season he was granted free agency and signed with the Cincinnati Reds.

While with the Mets Harris wore number 22.

Willie Harris also played for the following teams:
Baltimore Orioles – 2001
Chicago White Sox – 2002-2005
Boston Red Sox – 2006
Atlanta Braves – 2007
Washington Nationals – 2008-2010
Cincinnati Reds – 2011
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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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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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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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