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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LaTroy Hawkins – His New York Mets Career 2013

LaTroy HawkinsThe Mets signed journeyman right-handed pitcher LaTroy Hawkins as a free agent on January 31, 2013. He made his Met debut on April 3, 2013 against the San Diego Padres.  He entered the game in the 9th inning with the Mets leading 8-1, but he yielded 3 runs (1 earned) in 2/3 innings.   The Mets would win 8-4.  

Hawkins was used as a set-up man over the first 4 months of the season and posted a 3-2 record.  But when closer Bobby Parnell went down with an injury at the end of July.  Hawkins assumed the role of closer and saved 13 games over the final two months of the season.  Overall for the season he posted a 3-2 record with a 2.93 ERA.   

2013 would be his only season with the Mets as he signed as a free agent with the Colorado Rockies.

While with the Mets Hawkins wore number 32.

LaTroy Hawkins also played for the following teams:
Minnesota Twins – 1995-2003
Chicago Cubs – 2004,2005
San Francisco Giants – 2005
Baltimore Orioles – 2006
Colorado Rockies – 2007,2014,2015
New York Yankees – 2008
Houston Astros – 2008,2009
Milwaukee Brewers – 2010,2011
Los Angeles Angels – 2012
Toronto Blue Jays – 2015

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Shaun Marcum – His New York Mets Career 2013

Shaun MarcumThe Mets signed right-handed pitcher Shaun Marcum as a free agent on January 30, 2013.  He made his Met debut on April 27 against the Philadelphia Phillies.  As the starter, he allowed 3 runs over 4 innings and suffered the loss in the Mets 9-4 loss.  Things didn’t get any better.  In his first 11 appearances, 9 of which were as a starter, he posted a 0-9 record with a 5.76 ERA.

On June 26, he pitched his best game as a Met and recorded his first and only win.  Against the Chicago White Sox, he threw 8 innings and allowed 4 hits and zero runs as the Mets won 3-0.  He appeared in 2 more games before a soldier injury ended his season. 

In his one season with the Mets Marcum went 1-10 with 5.29 ERA.  He did however strikeout 60 batters in 78 1/3 innings.

While with the Mets Marcum wore number 38.

Shaun Marcum also played for the following teams:
Toronto Blue Jays – 2005-2008,2010
Milwaukee Brewers – 2011,2012
Cleveland Indians – 2015

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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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