Mets fans who are aware of Evans’ keen ability to hit lefties can now rest assured that the 25 year-old is back in the saddle. According to Adam Rubin of ESPN, outfielder/first baseman Nick Evans has officially cleared waivers, and was sent to Triple-A. Evans, who lost out to Willie Harris and Scott Hairston for a backup outfield role, was placed on waivers despite his attractive young age and potential platoon appeal. Now that he’s safely back with the franchise, there’s a good chance Evans will see a good chunk of PA’s at some point in 2011.
Nick Evans was originally drafted by the New York Mets in the 5th round of the 2004 amateur draft. Over seven minor league seasons, the right-handed hitter owns a .274/.341/.479 line with 99 HR, 375 RBI, 380 R, and 13 SB. In 2010, split between Double-A and Triple-A, Evans posted his best season, featuring a .300/.371/.536 line with 23 HR, 80 RBI, and 88 R. Despite a knack to swing-and-miss (494 K’s in 2,766 minor league PA’s), the guy has proved he can smack around lefties. In a small major league sample, Evans has carved out a career .322/.379/.512 line with 3 HR, 11 RBI, and 16 EBH in 132 PA’s against lefties.
With Jason Bay headed to the DL and Carlos Beltran a constant injury risk, Nick Evans will be on-call in Triple-A Buffalo. As of now, the Mets brass have tapped Lucas Duda to assume Bay’s starting position in left-field, but it wouldn’t be inconceivable to see both farmhands at the major league level for extended periods of time.
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