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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Fred Lewis – His New York Mets Career 2012

Fred LewisThe Mets signed Fred Lewis, a 6-year veteran outfielder, to a minor league contract on April 25, 2012.  He spent the season playing for the Mets Triple A affiliate the Buffalo Bisons, where he hit .294, before joining the Mets when rosters expanded in September.  He made his Met debut on September 4 against the St. Louis Cardinals when he pinch hit for catcher Kelly Shoppach; he grounded out to third base.  Over the final month of the seasons he appeared in 18 games, 3 as a starter, and hit just .150 (3 for 18).   His first hit as a Met cane on September 20, a 6th inning single in a game the Mets would lose 16-1 to the Philadelphia Phillies.

Following the season, he was granted free agency but did not sign with a Major League team, opting instead to play in Japan.

While with the Mets Lewis wore number 15.

Fred Lewis also played for the following teams:
San Francisco Giants – 2006-2009
Toronto Blue Jays – 2010
Cincinnati Reds – 2011

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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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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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Elvin Ramirez – His New York Mets Career 2012

Elvin RamirezThe Mets originally signed right-handed pitcher Elvin Ramirez as an international free agent on September 16, 2004.  After spending years in the Mets minor league system, he was lost to the Washington Nationals in the 2010 Rule 5 draft.  A year later the Mets brought him back when they purchased his contract from the Nationals.

Ramirez finally made his Major League debut with the Mets on June 3. 2012 against the St. Louis Cardinals.  He pitched 2/3 innings and allowed 1 earned run in the Mets 6-1 victory.  Ramirez went on to appear in 20 games, all out of the bullpen, for the Mets in 2012 throwing 21 1/3 innings and posting a 0-1 record with a 5.48 ERA.

Following the season, the Mets sold Ramirez’s conract to the Los Angeles Angels.

While with the Mets Ramirez wore number 62.

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Frank Francisco – His New York Mets Career 2012-2013

Frank FranciscoThe Mets signed right-handed reliever Frank Francisco as a free agent on December 6, 2011. During Spring Training, he was named the Mets closer for the 2012 season and earned a save in each of the Mets first three games of the year.  By the end of June, he had 18 saves with a 1-3 record despite a 4.97 ERA.  After earning the save against the New York Yankees on June 22 Francisco was placed on the disabled list with an oblique muscle pull.  He returned in August and finished out the season posting a 1-3 record with 23 saves and 5.53 ERA in 48 games.

Francisco had surgery in the offseason to remove bone spurs which sidelined him for most of the 2013 season.  He finally made his 2013 debut on September 8 and earned the win against the Cleveland Indians. He appeared in 8 games for the season posting a 1-0 record with 1 save and a 4.26 ERA.  His only save came in his last appearance of the season on September 29 against the Milwaukee Brewers.  It turned out to be his last appearance in a Mets uniform as he was granted free agency following the season and signed with the Chicago White Sox.

In 56 games for the Mets over 2 seasons he posted a 2-3 record with 24 saves and a 5.36 ERA.

While with the Mets Francisco wore number 48.

Frank Francisco also played for the following teams:
Texas Rangers – 2004, 2006-2010
Toronto Blue Jays – 2011
Chicago White Sox – 2014

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Robert Carson – His New York Mets Career 2012,2013

Robert CarsonThe New York Mets drafted left-handed pitcher Robert Carson in the 14th round of the 2007 amateur draft.  After spending 5 years in the minors Carson made his Major League debut on May 18, 2012 against he Toronto Blue Jays.  He pitched a scoreless inning of relief in the Mets 14-5 loss.  He made one more appearance before being shipped back to the minors.  Carson returned to the Mets in August and finished out the season pitching out of the Mets bullpen.  He made a total of 17 appearances and posted a 0-0 record with a 4.73 ERA.

After starting the 2013 season in the minors Carson was promoted back to New York at the end of April.  He made 13 appearances all out of the bullpen before being sent back to the minors at the end of June.  At the time of his demotion his ERA was 8.50 ERA.  He returned to the Mets in August and made his final appearance with them on August 28.  For the season he posted a 0-0 record in 14 appearances with an 8.24 ERA.

Following the season Carson was placed on waivers and was claimed by the Los Angeles Angels.  In parts of two seasons with the Mets Carson appeared in 31 games and posted a 0-0 record with a 6.82 ERA.

While with the Mets Carson wore number 73.

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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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