Sean Henn – His New York Mets Career 2013

The Mets signed left-handed pitcher Sean Henn as a free agent on April 10, 2013.  After spending the season in the minors with the Las Vegas 51’s, where he went 3 and 5 with a 2.81 ERA, he was called up to New York in September.  He made his Met debut on September 9th against the Washington Nationals, he pitched one inning and allowed no runs in the Mets 9-0 loss.  Henn would appear in three more games, all out of the bullpen, and finished with an 0-1 record and 3.38 ERA.

2013 would be his last season in the majors.

While with the Mets Henn wore number 43.

Sean Henn also played for the following teams:
New York Yankees – 2005-2007
San Diego Padres – 2008
Minnesota Twins – 2009
Baltimore Orioles = 2009

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Greg Burke – His New York Mets Career 2013

Greg BurkeThe Mets signed right-handed pitcher Greg Burke as a minor league free agent on November 7, 2012. He made the Mets Opening Day roster and made his Met debut on April 3, 2013 giving up a run in 2/3 and inning in the Mets 8-4 win over the San Diego Padres. Burke would spend the season shuffling between the Mets and the Las Vegas 51s, the Mets top minor league club.

His most productive month with the Mets came during the month of May when he made 8 appearances allowing no earned runs in 7 2/3 innings

Burke would appear in a total of 32 games for the Mets in 2013, he went 0-3 with a 5.68 ERA, striking out 28 in 31.2 innings.

He was outrighted off the roster on October 17, 2013 and elected free agency.  He signed with the Colorado Rockies.  2013 would be his final season in the majors.

While with the Mets Burke wore number 46.

Greg Burke also played for the San Diego Padres in 2009.

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Rick Ankiel – His New York Mets Career 2013

Rick AnkielRick Ankiel came up through the St. Louis Cardinals system as a promising left-handed pitcher. He finished 2nd in Rookie of the Year balloting in 2000.   But beginning in 2001 he inexplicably lost the ability to throw strikes. Not wanting to give up on his baseball career, Ankiel toiled in the minors and repositioned himself as hitter.  He returned to the Cardinals in 2007 as power hitting outfielder and hit 25 home runs for the Cardinals in 2008.

Ankiel was nearing the end of his career when the Mets in need of some offensive production signed him as a free agent on May 13, 2013.  He made his Met debut the same day as the team’s starting centerfielder against his former team the Cardinals.  He went 0-3 with walk and 2 strikeouts.  Two days later he hit his first home run for the Mets accounting for the only two runs in a 4-2 loss to St. Louis. 

However, his offensive production wasn’t living up to expectations and following a three strikeout performance against the Miami Marlins on June 8th, he was released.

In 20 games for the Mets in 2013 Ankiel batted just .182 with 2 home runs and 7 RBIs.

His stint with the Mets would be his last in the majors as he retired following the season.

While with the Mets Ankiel wore number 16.

Rick Ankiel also played for the following teams:
St. Louis Cardinals – 1999-2001,2001-2009
Kansas City Royals – 2010
Atlanta Braves – 2010
Washington Nationals – 2011,2012
Houston Astros – 2013

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Andrew Brown – His New York Mets Career 2013,2014

Andrew BrownAfter signing a minor-league contract prior to the 2013 season, Andrew Brown made his Met debut on May 3, 2013 against the Atlanta Braves as the Mets starting right fielder.  He went 0-3 in the Mets 7-5 victory.  He would go on to appear in 68 games for the Mets mainly as a reserve outfielder and pinch hitter.  He would hit .227 for the season with 7 home runs and 24 RBIs.  The highlight of his season came on July 1 when he drove in the winning runs in the bottom of the 13th inning against the Arizona Diamondbacks.

Brown made the Mets Opening Day roster in 2014 out of Spring Training.  As the Mets Opening Day leftfielder Brown got his season off with a bang as he hit a three-run home run.  However, it wasn’t enough as the Mets lost to the Washington Nationals 9-7.  Unfortunately, that was the highlight for Brown in 2014.  He spent most of the season in the minors and appeared in only 19 games for the Mets.  He hit just .182 with 2 home runs and 7 RBIs.

Following the season Brown was selected off waivers by the Oakland A’s

In parts of two seasons with the Mets Andrew Brown appeared in 87 games and batted .216 with 9 home runs and 31 RBIs.

While with the Mets Brown wore number 47 in 2013 and number 30 in 2014.

Andrew Brown also played for the St Louis Cardinals in 2011 and the Colorado Rockies in 2012.

 

 

Gonzalez Germen – His New York Mets Career 2013,2014

gonzalez germenSigned by the Mets as an amateur free agent in 2007, right-handed pitcher Gonzalez Germen spent 6 seasons in the minors before making his Major League debut on July 12, 2013.  He was the losing pitcher in the Mets 3-2 loss to the Pittsburgh Pirates, he pitched 2/3 of an inning and allowed the winning run to score in the bottom of the 11th.  Germen would go onto appear in 29 games for the Mets all out of the bullpen, posting a 1-2 record with 1 save and a 3.93 ERA.  His first major league victory occurred on July 20, 2013 when he pitched 1 2/3 innings of scoreless relief against the Philadelphia Phillies.  His only save of the season came against the San Diego Padres on August 15 when he pitched the final two innings of the Mets 4-1 victory allowing zero runs and striking out 3.

Germen made the Mets Opening Day roster in 2014 and would go on to appear in 25 games posting a 0-0 record with a 4.75 ERA.

Following the season the Mets sold Germen to the New York Yankees.

In parts of two seasons with the Mets, Germen appeared in 54 games and posted a 1-2 record with 1 save and a 4.31 ERA in 64 2/3 innings.

While with the Mets Germen wore number 71.

Gonzalez Germen also played for the following teams:
Chicago Cubs – 2015
Colorado Rockies – 2015,2016

Aaron Harang – His New York Mets Career 2013

Aaron HarangThe Mets signed right-handed pitcher Aaron Harang on September 1st, 2013 following his release from the Seattle Mariners.  Harang initially reported to the Las Vegas 51’s, the Mets top minor league club, where he appeared 1 game before joining the Mets staff on September 12th. 

He made his Met debut against the Washington Nationals and suffered the loss yielding 3 runs over 6 innings.  He did however strikeout 10 batters.  Harang would start 3 more games for the Mets, but did not win a game.  He finished the season 0-1 with 3.52 ERA.

Following the season Harang signed as a free agent with the Cleveland Indians.

While with the Mets Harang wore number 44.

Aaron Harang also played for the following teams:
Oakland A’s – 2002,2003
Cincinnati Reds – 2003-2010
San Diego Padres – 2011
Los Angeles Dodgers – 2012
Seattle Mariners – 2013
Atlanta Braves – 2014
Philadelphia Phillies – 2015

 

Matt den Dekker – His New York Mets Career 2013,2014

matt den dekkerAfter being drafted by the Mets in the fifth round of the 2010 amateur draft outfielder Matt den Dekker spent three seasons in the minors before making his Major League debut on August 29, 2013.  As the Mets starting centerfielder he went 0-5 in the Mets 11-3 win over the Philadelphia Phillies.   Two days later he would record his first major league hit against the Washington Nationals, an RBI single in the Mets 6 run 3rd inning.  Than on September 1st he recorded his first career home run also against the Washington Nationals.

Overall den Dekker appeared in 27 games for the Mets in 2013 hitting .207 with a home run and 6 RBIs.

In 2014 den Dekker split his time between the Mets and the Las Vegas 51s, the Mets top minor league affiliate.  In 53 games for the Mets he hit .250 with 7 RBIs.

Just prior to the 2015 season the Mets traded den Dekker to the Washington Nationals in exchange for lefty reliever Jerry Blevins.

In 80 game over two seasons with the Mets den Dekker hit .238 with a homer and 13 RBIs.

While with the Mets den Dekker wore number 6.

Matt den Dekker also played for the Washington Nationals in 2015 and 2016.

 

David Aardsma – His New York Mets Career 2013

david-aardsmaThe New York Mets signed right-handed pitcher David Aardsma to a minor league contract on May 20, 2013. After posting a 1.12 ERA in 8 games for the Las Vegas 51s, the Mets Triple-A affiliate, Aardsma made his Mets debut on June 8.  In a game the Mets would lose in 20 innings, Aardsma pitched 1 inning of scoreless relief. 

David Aardsma would appear in 43 games out of the Mets bullpen in 2013 posting a 2-2 record with a 4.31 ERA.  He earned his first win as a Met on July 1 by pitching the final 2 innings in the Mets 5-4 13 inning victory over the Arizona Diamondbacks.

Following the season David Aardsma opted for free agency and signed with the Cleveland Indians.

While with the Mets Aardsma wore number 30.

David Aardsma also played for the following teams:
San Francisco Giants – 2004
Chicago Cubs – 2006
Chicago White Sox – 2007
Boston Red Sox – 2008
Seattle Mariners – 2009,2010
New York Yankees – 2012
Atlanta Braves – 2015

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Wilfredo Tovar – His New York Mets Career 2013,2014

wilfredo-tovarThe Mets signed shortstop Wilfredo Tovar as an international free agent at the age of 16 in 2008.  After spending 6 seasons in the minor leagues Tovar was brought up to the show as a September call up in 2013.  He made his Major League debut on September 22 as the starting shortstop against the Philadelphia Phillies.  He went 2 for 4 with an RBI in the Mets 4-3 victory.  He would appear in 6 more games hitting .200 with 2 RBI’s.

Tovar returned to minors in 2014 and once again was called up in September.  This time he appeared in just 2 games going 0 for 3 at the plate.

He played the entire 2015 season in the minors with the Las Vegas 51s, the Mets Triple A affiliate, before being signing as a free agent with the Minnesota Twins in December 2015.  In 9 career games for the Mets Tovar batted .167 (3 for 18) with 2 RBI’s.

While with the Mets Tovar wore number 70.

Ike Davis – His New York Mets Career 2010-2014

Ike Davis.jpgThe son of former major league pitcher Ron Davis, Ike Davis was drafted by the Mets in the first round of the 2008 amateur draft.  Davis made his major-league debut with the Mets on April 19, 2010 as their starting first baseman.   Ike singled in his first at-bat and finished the game 2 for 4 with an RBI in the Mets 6-1victory over the Chicago Cubs.  

Davis finished out the season as the Mets everyday first baseman and quickly became a fan favorite not only for his bat but also his slick fielding.  Met fans especially grew to love his spectacular catches of foul pop-ups, in which he braced himself against the railing in front of the first base dugout, and then flipped over the railing as he caught the ball. He hit his first major league home run on April 23 against the Atlanta Braves and twice hit 2 home runs in a game, May 7 against the San Francisco Giants and July 17th also against the Giants.  On June 8th against the San Diego Padres, Davis hit a walk off home run in the 11th inning.  Davis finished out the 2010 season with 19 home runs and 71 RBIs and a .264 average.

Based on his 2010 performance big things were expected of Davis in 2011.  At first Davis did not disappoint, he drove in at least one run in 9 of his first 10 games.   Davis was hitting .302 with 7 home run and 25 RBIs when his season was cut short by a freak accident on May 10.  On a routine pop up near the pitcher’s mound third baseman David Wright stepped on Ike’s left ankle.  At first the injury did not appear serious, but it would eventually require season ending surgery.

Davis returned in 2012 hoping to forget about 2011.  But he got off to a slow start by going 0-18 to start the season.  Davis continued to struggle for much of the first half of 2012 and was hitting just .198 at the end of June.  During that time, he did manage to hit his first grand slam on June 18th against the Baltimore Orioles.  Davis hit much better in the second half of the season.  Though he hit just .227 for the season he did manage to hit 32 home runs to lead the team and drive in 90 RBIs.  Davis also became the 9th player in franchise history to hit 3 home run in one game, he accomplished the feat on July at the Arizona Diamondbacks.

Davis started out the 2013 season much like 2012.  With his average at just .161 he was sent down to the minors at the beginning of June.  When he returned in July his bat began to heat up and he hit .286 during the second half of the season.  He finished the season with a .205 average with 9 home runs and 33 RBIs.

Davis was the Mets opening day first baseman in 2014, but it was soon announced that the bulk of the first base duties would be given to Lucas Duda.  On April 5th Davis hit a pinch-hit game winning grand slam against the Cincinnati Reds. It would be the last hurrah of his Mets career as he was traded to the Pittsburgh Pirates on April 18th.

In 454 games over 5 seasons Davis hit .241 with 68 home runs and 224 RBIs.

While with the Mets Davis wore number 29.

Ike Davis also played for the following teams:
Pittsburgh Pirates – 2014
Oakland A’s – 2015
New York Yankees – 2016

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