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 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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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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Jack Egbert – His New York Mets Career 2012

Jack EgbertRight-handed pitcher Jack Egbert’s Mets career lasted just 2/3 of an inning.  He made his Met debut on May 28, 2012 against the Philadelphia Phillies.  He entered the 9th inning with the Mets trailing 8-4 and retired the final two batters.   Following the game, he was shipped down to the minors where he finished out the season.  After the season, he was granted free agency but did not sign with another team,

While with the Mets Egbert wore number 61.

Jack Egbert also played for the Chicago White Sox in 2009.

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Justin Hampson – His New York Mets Career 2012

Justin HampsonThe Mets signed left-handed pitcher Justin Hampson as a free agent on February 8, 2011.   He spent the entire 2011 season in the minors where he went 3 and 3 with 1 save and a 3.41 ERA.  He also started the 2012 season in the minors before finally getting the call to New York in June.  He made his Met debut on June 25 pitching the final inning in the Mets 6-1 loss to the Cubs.  He made two more appearances before being sent back to the minors.  He returned to the Mets when rosters expanded in September and appeared in an additional 10 games.  In 13 appearances, all out of the bullpen, he posted a 0-0 record with 1.80 ERA in 10 innings. 

Hampson remained in the Met organization in 2013 but once again spent the entire season in the minors.  He posted a 6-4 record with 2 saves a 3.63 for the Las Vegas 51’s.

While with the Mets Hampson wore number 45.

Justin Hampson also played for the following teams:
Colorado Rockies – 2006
San Diego Padres – 2007,2008

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Jon Rauch – His New York Mets Career 2012

Jon RauchThe Mets signed veteran right-handed reliever Jon Rauch as a free agent prior to the 2012 season.  At 6’11’’ he has the distinction of being the tallest player in MLB history.  He made his Met debut on Opening Day against the Atlanta Braves pitching a perfect 1-2-3 8th inning to help preserve the Mets 1-0 victory.  He earned his first win as a Met on April 9th against the Washington Nationals and would finish the month of April with a 3-0 record and 0.00 ERA in 12 appearances.   On May 8th, he earned his first save as a Met against the Philadelphia Phillies.   He would go on to appear in 73 games, all out of the bullpen, posting a 3-7 record with 4 saves and a 3.59 ERA.

Following the season, he signed as a free agent with the Miami Marlins.

While with the Mets Rauch wore number 60.

Jon Rauch also played for the following teams:
Chicago White Sox – 2002,2004
Montreal Expos – 2004
Washington Nationals – 2005-2008
Arizona Diamondbacks – 2008,2009
Minnesota Twins – 2009,2010
Toronto Blue Jays – 2011
Miami Marlins – 2013

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Garrett Olson – His New York Mets Career 2012

TGarrett olsonhe Mets career of left-handed pitcher Garrett Olson was very brief and very ugly.  After signing as a minor league free agent prior to the 2012 season, Olson began the season pitching for the Triple-A Buffalo Bisons.  When Tim Byrdak went down with an injury for the Mets, Olson was promoted to the big club and made his Met debut on August 8th against the Miami Marlins.  He pitched 1/3 of an inning and gave up 3 earned runs in a game the Mets would lose 13-0.   It would be his only appearance in a Met uniform as three days later he was designated for assignment ending his Mets career.

While with the Mets Olson wore number 38.

Garrett Olson also played for the following teams:
Baltimore Orioles – 2007,2008
Seattle Mariners – 2009,2010
Pittsburgh Pirates – 2011

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