The Brad Emaus experiment is over. The New York Mets designated Emaus for assignment today, and recalled Justin Turner from Triple-A. Emaus, who was handed the started second base job out of Spring Training, didn’t quite run away with the job as the Mets had hoped he would. The 25 year-old infielder posted a meager .162/.262/.162 line with 0 HR, 1 RBI, 2 R, and 0 SB in 42 PA’s, and also looked lost in the field from time to time too. Dan Murphy had been taking away playing time from Emaus as of late, and will most likely become the starter (despite only posting .226/.294/.355 line with 0 HR, 4 RBI, 3 R, and 1 SB in 34 PA’s). Since Emaus was a Rule 5 pick, the Mets cannot just option him to the minors–meaning Emaus could be with a new franchise very soon.
Brad Emaus owns a career .276/.364/.426 line in the minors, and posted an impressive .290/.397/.476 line with 15 HR, 75 RBI, 79 R, and 13 SB between Double-A and Triple-A last season. The Mets selected him in this past Rule 5 Draft from the Toronto Blue Jays at Assistant Manager J.P. Riccardi’s urging (Riccardi drafted him as the General Manager back in 2007). Emaus rose from obscurity when he was somewhat surprisingly named the starting second baseman by the Mets–mostly due to lack of competition. However, once in the majors, Emaus often looked over-matched at the plate, and made a variety of fielding goofs to boot.
Taking his place on the roster is Justin Turner. Turner, who is 26 years-old, was originally drafted by the Cincinnati Reds in the 2006 draft, and then plucked off waivers from the Orioles by the Mets. The second baseman had a variety of solid seasons in the minors, posting a career .309/.373/.442/.815 line in 5 minor league seasons. His best performance, however, came once he arrived in Triple-A for the Mets. Turner posted a sensational .333/.390/.516/.906 line with 11 HR, 35 RBI, 58 R, and 5 SB in 348 PA’s in Triple-A last season. Despite Turner’s impressive Triple-A stint–including a riveting final game where he went 6-for-6, and hit for the cycle–his September call-up was nowhere to be found. Considering Dan Murphy is hardly a fixture at second base, there’s a good chance Turner might actually get a chance to showcase his abilities.
Designating Emaus puts the Mets at risk for losing him, but Sandy Alderson has been fortunate so far with his designation decisions (see: Manny Acosta, Luis Hernandez, and Pat Misch). However, even if another team does not claim him, the Mets would still have to work out a trade with the Blue Jays to retain his services (due to Rule 5 rules). Regardless of what happens, we here at Rising Apple wish Brad Emaus the best of luck, and thank him again for letting us interview him back in early February.