The B-Mets Roster Shuffle

All of the injuries that have befallen the New York Mets have caused a ripple effect down through the organization. The loss of players like Mike Piazza, Mo Vaughn, Rey Sanchez, Jeromy Burnitz, Scott Strickland and others caused a surge of minor league players to be called up to the majors.

Most of the players came up from triple-A Norfolk, but more players were needed to fill the gaps there. Several players were called up to triple-A from the Binghamton Mets, and more players came into Binghamton to replace them. With that, we take a look at who's coming and going in Binghamton.

Going


Danny Garcia - 2B: Garcia - originally the Mets' fifth-round draft pick in 2001 - was one of the centerpieces of Binghamton's lineup before being called up to AAA Norfolk. Garcia, generally batting in the second slot in the lineup, was hitting a lofty .328 with three homeruns and 21 RBI before his promotion. Garcia is a quick contact hitter who was leading Binghamton in doubles, and among the league leaders in two-baggers. Garcia also had a couple of stolen bases. Since joining the Norfolk Tides, Garcia has actually picked up his pace. He is hitting .444 through seven games at the AAA level, with 11 RBI and three doubles.

Chris Basak - SS: Basak was struggling at the plate for Binghamton before his promotion - due to the injury to uber-prospect Jose Reyes - to the AAA level. The slick-fielding shortstop was batting just .197 in 25 games for the B-Mets. He had 10 RBI, nine runs, two homers and a 22:5 K:BB ratio. Basak, generally known for his speed, did not steal a base during his time in Binghamton, perhaps in large part to his paltry .244 OBP. Surprisingly, Basak has enjoyed success in the higher minor leagues where he is hitting .289 in 11 games with eight RBI, three steals, and a better K:BB ratio of 15:5.

Jeff Duncan - CF: Jeff Duncan made the leap to the major leagues when he was called up on May 18. Duncan, the B-Mets leadoff hitter, earned his promotion by posting an excellent OBP of .350 during his time in Binghamton. The speedy centerfielder made good use of his time on base by swiping 12 bases in 17 attempts. Before being called up to the majors, Duncan was hitting .252 with two homeruns, 11 RBI, 27 runs scored and 20 walks through 37 games. Duncan got his first major-league at bat Tuesday night against the Phillies' Terry Adams. Pinch-hitting for Roberto Alomar, Duncan grounded into a fielder's choice to first base.

Eric Cammack - RHP: Cammack was 1-1 with a 4.50 ERA before being called up Norfolk on May 12. The right-hander appeared in 10 games and pitched 18 innings, with a superb K:BB of 17:4 ratio for the B-Mets. In 4.2 innings with Norfolk, Cammack has one save and an ERA of 5.79. He has also struck out three and walked none.

Coming and Going


Matt Watson - OF: Watson was called up to Binghamton from single-A St. Lucie on May 9, and played in only eight games for the B-Mets before being called up again to Norfolk on May 20. In his short time in AA, Watson clubbed the ball to the tune of a .393 average. The outfielder hit a solo homerun for his only RBI, but scored six runs. He walked twice and struck out twice in just 28 at bats.

Jeromy Burnitz - OF: Burnitz gets an honorable mention in this column for making a rehab appearance with the B-Mets this week. Burnitz broke a bone in his hand a few weeks ago and was placed on the disabled list. He joined Binghamton for their second game against the Akron Aeros on Tuesday and went 2-5 with a stolen base and an outfield assist. The NY Mets expect to get Burnitz back into their lineup by Friday, possibly sending Jeff Duncan back down. Burnitz was hitting .279 with three homeruns before the injury sidelined him.

Going and Coming


Rodney Nye - 3B: Nye was called up to Norfolk for just two games before returning to Binghamton on Saturday. In his two games, Nye went 0-7 with two walks and a run scored. The big third baseman also struck out four times. Since returning to the B-Mets lineup, Nye is just 5-16 (.238) as part of Binghamton's four-game losing skid.

Coming


Neal Musser - RHP: Musser was 3-0 with a 4.67 ERA in seven appearances with the St. Lucie Mets of the Florida State League before being called up to Binghamton to replace the injured Bob Keppel. Since joining the B-Mets, Musser has started three games and has a 0-2 record with a 2.36 ERA. He has 13 strikeouts and just four walks in 19 innings.

Frank Corr - OF: Corr was hitting .229 in 41 games with the St. Lucie Mets with four homeruns and 21 RBI through 41 games. Corr did suffer from a poor OBP, sitting at just .285 before leaving St. Lucie for Binghamton. Since joining the B-Mets on Sunday, Corr has a .364 average with a homerun and three RBI in his first three games.

Tony Calabrese - 2B: Calabrese was called up to Binghamton on May 15 to help fill the very large shoes of the departed Danny Garcia. Before his promotion, Calabrese was hitting just .231 in four games with the St. Lucie Mets, but he did sport an OBP of .375. In three games at the AA level, Calabrese is hitting .500 (5-10) with three RBI.

Going, Going, Gone


Kirk Asche - OF: In 19 games with Binghamton this season, Asche was hitting a measly .143 with just two extra-base hits. Asche had eight RBI, and seven runs scored, but a whopping 20 strikeouts for just 42 at bats. Asche was released by the organization on May 9.

In all, the injuries to the New York Mets have taken their toll on the entire organization. Danny Garcia and Jeff Duncan's bats are irreplaceable in the Binghamton lineup, and the B-Met offense has been showing that in the box scores, as well as in the standings. Since Garcia was called up on May 14, the Mets are just 2-6 and are averaging just 3.25 runs per game while falling to 19-22 on the season, good for fourth place in their division.



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