In unpronounceable last name news, the New York Mets signed Matt Tuiasosopo to a Minor League contract. The infielder had been with the Seattle Mariners organization since they drafted him in the 3rd round of the 2004 draft.
Tuiasosopo spent four seasons in the Minors until he got the call in 2004. In his first cup of coffee, the 22 year-old posted a .159/.213/.250 line in 47 PA’s. His dismal debut didn’t earn him a spot on the 25-man roster in 2009, but he did enjoy a .277/.383/.478 line for Triple-A. The infielder was recalled in mid-September by the Mariners, but similar to 2008, he didn’t do well (.227/.280/.409 line in 25 PA’s).
Mostly due to the lack of infield depth on the 2010 Mariners roster, Tuiasosopo finally stuck with the Major League squad. Despite collecting a career-high 138 PA’s, the 24 year-old only posted a meager .173/.234/.307 line. The Mariners did use the utility man in six different positions (including DH), but his bat was too horrendous to compensate for his glove flexibility.
For the first time since 2007, Tuiasosopo spent the entire 2011 season in the Minors. In 526 PA’s for Triple-A, the infielder swatted a .226/.341/.394 line, playing mostly first base. Even though the hitter did smack 14 homeruns–his career best–his line fell short of his career average (.263/.359/.405).
Tuiasosopo’s inability to dominate his fourth year in Triple-A is pretty telling about his future as a ballplayer. What’s even more telling is that the fourth-place Seattle Mariners didn’t even give the guy a look–at all–in 2011. As a fan, I can only hope the Mets take a page out of the Mariners book, in 2012.