For seemingly the four billionth time in 2011, the New York Mets have outrighted Nick Evans to Triple-A. However, unlike the previous times, Evans has yet to accept the assignment, and could become a free agent.
The corner infielder and outfielder collected 194 plate appearances for the Mets in 2011, and posted a mediocre .256/.314/.403 line with 4 homeruns, 25 RBI, and 26 runs. The 25 year-old only saw about 18% of his yearly playing time from May to July, before landing more-or-less full-time at-bats in August and September.
August was Evans’ finest month, swatting an impressive .366/.413/.585 line in 46 plate appearances. However, now seeing regular playing time, the right-handed hitter slumped mightily in September, posting a dismal .241/.265/.352 line in 113 plate appearances.
Despite his impressive Minor League career (.278/.344/.478 line), Nick Evans didn’t even “mash” left-handed pitching as advertised (.236/.323/.436). Luckily for Evans, he still has age on his side, but the youngster has yet to truly prove he can handle Major League pitching.