Zach Lutz – His New York Mets Career 2012,2013

Zach LutzAfter spending 5 seasons in the Mets minor league system, infielder Zach Lutz finally made his Major League debut on April 24, 2012 against the Miami Marlins as pinch hitter for pitcher Ramon Ramirez. For the record, he struck out.  He appeared in three more games for the Mets before being shipped back to the minors.  On April 27 as the starting first baseman against the Colorado Rockies he recorded his first Major League hit, a single.  Lutz returned to the Mets in September and went 0 for 3 as a pinch hitter.

Lutz spent most of the 2013 season in the minors but did appear in 15 games for the Mets, mainly in September when rosters expanded.  He hit .300 (6 for 20) and drove in 2 runs. 

He returned to the minors in 2014 but was released by the Mets in the middle of June.  In 22 games for the Mets over 2 seasons, he hit .226 with 2 RBIs.

While with the Mets Lutz wore number 19.

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Scott Atchison – His New York Mets Career 2013

Scott AtchsisonScott Atchison a journeyman right-handed reliever was signed as a free agent by the Mets on January 29, 2013. He made his Mets debut on Opening Day 2013, pitching a 1-2-3 8th inning in the Mets 11-2 victory over the San Diego Padres.

He would go onto appear in 50 games for the Mets in 2013, all out of the bullpen while posting a 3-3 record with 4.37 ERA over 45 1/3 innings.  His first win as a Met occurred on July 30 against the Miami Marlins.  In a tie game he pitched a scoreless ninth inning, before the Mets scored 2 in the 10th to secure the win.

Following the season Atchison was granted free agency and he signed with the Cleveland Indians.

While with the Mets Atchison wore number 50.

Scott Atchison also played for the following teams:
Seattle Mariners – 2004,2005
San Francisco Giants – 2007
Boston Red Sox – 2010-2012
Cleveland Indians – 2014,2015

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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.

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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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