Kevin Kaczmarski RF
The nicknames: Kaz
The review: Kevin Kaczmarski is another player who was called up and not used and then sent back down for no apparent reason. Mickey Callaway, like Terry Collins, seems to prefer veterans, even ones who are clearly over the hill, to young unproven players who might be useful.
The offensive stats: PA 5, .000/.200/.000/.200
The defensive stats: UZR/150 (RF 6 innings) 73.8
The grade: incomplete
The strengths: good hitter in the minors, with a good OBP
The weaknesses: lack of power, inability to make Mickey Callaway write his name on the lineup card
Notes: He may be in the Witness Protection Program, since the above photo is the only one we have, and we can’t see his face.
Matt den Dekker CF
The nicknames: Upper Dekker, MdD
The review: Matt den Dekker was signed to fill in for a depleted Las Vegas 51s outfield, and no-one expected to see him patrolling centerfield for the New York Mets this year. That he did so, and did it surprisingly poorly, to go along with offensive production that could hardly be worse, led to his outright back to Vegas.
The Mets have to lead MLB in bringing back Mets retreads way past their expiration date.
The offensive stats: PA 21, .000/.095/.000/.095, 2 BBs and zero total bases
The defensive stats: UZR/150 (CF 46 innings) -31.5
The grade: F
The strengths: one of the three little d’s
The weaknesses: no longer a passable major league player