Mets Scouting Report: 1B Nick Evans

The New York Mets drafted Nick Evans in the 5th round of the 2004 draft out of St. Mary's High School in Phoenix, Arizona. While he has one of the higher ceilings among the position prospects, he is also one of the streakiest players in the organizaton. Here's a scouting report on Nick Evans.

Vital Statistics:
Name: Nick Evans
Position: First Base
DOB: January 30, 1986
Height: 6'2"
Weight: 185
Bats: Right
Throws: Right

Up and down became the mantra repeated by Nick Evans this season, enjoying offensive highs and lows as he played through his first full year of long-season baseball.

While Evans headed home wondering why he hadn't been able to find the steady production h ideally wanted to produce for Class-A Hagerstown of the South Atlantic League, he was also able to bring a great deal of positive thoughts as well.

Showing signs of developing into the pure power hitter he is projected to be over a 511 at-bat campaign, Evans batted .254 with 33 doubles, 15 home runs and 67 RBI, while battling occasional slumps.

"I obviously haven't made any tremendous breakthroughs where I've got everything figured out or anything," Evans said. "I think slowly but surely it's coming along. It's progressing each year. I felt I got better after each year, so as long as I can continue that, I'll be happy."

When Evans was hot, as he was in June (.364, 6 homers, 19 RBI), he was sizzling. When he was cold, life seemed to turn downright frosty.

"I had a couple of good months and a couple of bad months," Evans said. "I just didn't get the consistency I was looking for. I struggled early and then I thought I picked it up a little bit. I thought I figured some stuff out and then I kind of went back to the way I was in the beginning. It was really just a roller-coaster season for me."

A fifth-round selection in 2004 from St. Mary's High School in Phoenix, Az., Evans pointed to a long swing as the suspected culprit for his offensive inconsistencies. When he struggles, Evans said he tends to abandon his short hacks in favor of a power hitter cut, and while Evans certainly has the ability to hit the long ball, such actions partially accounted for his 99 strikeouts in 2006.

"When you get a few bad breaks here and there, you tend to try do more than you should," Evans said. "That makes my swing go longer and that's when I run into trouble. That's kind of what happened to me this past year. I've always said the main thing I want to do is just be more consistent with my swing. For two weeks, I'll be exactly where I want to be and then the next week, just like a light switch, my swing is long again."

Eyeing an assignment to Class-A St. Lucie in the Florida State League, Evans said his greatest task would be keeping the light switch flicked in the proper direction.

"Especially being in a pitcher's league, I just need to work on not trying to hit the ball out of the park and trying to hit the ball in the gaps," Evans said.

Still, when the ball was flying off of his bat in 2006, Evans seemed most pleased with where it was going – right field. That was a new experience for Evans, who was more apt to pull shots toward Nathan's than to hit it the opposite way to the Atlantic Ocean while playing with the Brooklyn Cyclones the previous year.

"I think I need to put it all together and hit a few to left and a few to right, instead of all one way," Evans said.

Year

Team

AVG.

AB

Hits

HR

RBI

R

SB

BB

K

OBP

SLG

2006

Hagerstown

.254

511

130

15

67

55

2

45

99

.320

.419

2005

Brooklyn

.252

226

57

6

33

30

0

17

34

.302

.407

2005

Kingsport

.344

64

22

6

22

11

1

4

17

.382

.734

2004

GCL

.258

182

47

7

27

36

3

14

51

.311

.462



Batting and Power. Evans is a very inconsistent offensive player right now, one prone to prolonged slumps because of a tendency to fall into a long swing. Evans could hit .360 or .220 in any given month – there seems to be no in between and no telling which player will arrive. He needs to keep a short swing and settle for driving the ball into the gaps, not hitting home runs. When he's at his best, Evans is drawing walks with a patient approach.

Baserunning and Speed. Evans can move a little bit, but he's not going to be a real factor on the bases anytime soon. He won't run teams out of innings with mistakes, but he's not going to be the daring type often.

Defense. Evans showed more range in his second year as a full-time first baseman after moving from the more crowded third base position. He's probably still trailing Mike Carp in development, and has trouble turning some double plays, but Evans has good hands. He's making progress and, right now, is an adequate player.

Projection. Evans keeps hearing the name Pat Burrell when scouts describe him, and it's a fair comparison. Like Burrell, Evans is a streaky hitter who can be his team's greatest player at times, but then disappear from the lineup for other periods. If all falls right, Evans could hit fifth or sixth in a big league lineup, but don't rule out a position switch to the outfield.

ETA. 2009. Evans is still on track to play one season at each level, primed to join Class-A St. Lucie this year. That would put him in Binghamton in 2008, which would bring him to the cusp of the big leagues by 2009.

Amazin Clubhouse Top Stories

\r\n \r\n\r\nVital Statistics:
\r\nName: Nick Evans
\r\nPosition: First Base
\r\nDOB: January 30, 1986
\r\nHeight: 6'2\"
\r\nWeight: 185
\r\nBats: Right
\r\nThrows: Right
\r\n
\r\nUp and down became the mantra repeated by Nick Evans this season, enjoying offensive highs and lows as he played through his first full year of long-season baseball.
\r\n
\r\nWhile Evans headed home wondering why he hadn't been able to find the steady production h ideally wanted to produce for Class-A Hagerstown of the South Atlantic League, he was also able to bring a great deal of positive thoughts as well.
\r\n
\r\nShowing signs of developing into the pure power hitter he is projected to be over a 511 at-bat campaign, Evans batted .254 with 33 doubles, 15 home runs and 67 RBI, while battling occasional slumps.
\r\n
\r\n\"I obviously haven't made any tremendous breakthroughs where I've got everything figured out or anything,\" Evans said. \"I think slowly but surely it's coming along. It's progressing each year. I felt I got better after each year, so as long as I can continue that, I'll be happy.\"
\r\n
\r\nWhen Evans was hot, as he was in June (.364, 6 homers, 19 RBI), he was sizzling. When he was cold, life seemed to turn downright frosty.
\r\n
\r\n\"I had a couple of good months and a couple of bad months,\" Evans said. \"I just didn't get the consistency I was looking for. I struggled early and then I thought I picked it up a little bit. I thought I figured some stuff out and then I kind of went back to the way I was in the beginning. It was really just a roller-coaster season for me.\"
\r\n
\r\nA fifth-round selection in 2004 from St. Mary's High School in Phoenix, Az., Evans pointed to a long swing as the suspected culprit for his offensive inconsistencies. When he struggles, Evans said he tends to abandon his short hacks in favor of a power hitter cut, and while Evans certainly has the ability to hit the long ball, such actions partially accounted for his 99 strikeouts in 2006.
\r\n
\r\n\"When you get a few bad breaks here and there, you tend to try do more than you should,\" Evans said. \"That makes my swing go longer and that's when I run into trouble. That's kind of what happened to me this past year. I've always said the main thing I want to do is just be more consistent with my swing. For two weeks, I'll be exactly where I want to be and then the next week, just like a light switch, my swing is long again.\"
\r\n
\r\nEyeing an assignment to Class-A St. Lucie in the Florida State League, Evans said his greatest task would be keeping the light switch flicked in the proper direction.
\r\n
\r\n\"Especially being in a pitcher's league, I just need to work on not trying to hit the ball out of the park and trying to hit the ball in the gaps,\" Evans said.
\r\n
\r\nStill, when the ball was flying off of his bat in 2006, Evans seemed most pleased with where it was going – right field. That was a new experience for Evans, who was more apt to pull shots toward Nathan's than to hit it the opposite way to the Atlantic Ocean while playing with the Brooklyn Cyclones the previous year.
\r\n
\r\n\"I think I need to put it all together and hit a few to left and a few to right, instead of all one way,\" Evans said.
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\r\n AVG.

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\r\n AB

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\r\n Hits

\r\n

\r\n HR

\r\n

\r\n RBI

\r\n

R

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\r\n SB

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\r\n BB

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K

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\r\n SLG

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\r\n 2006

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\r\n Hagerstown

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\r\n .254

\r\n

\r\n 511

\r\n

\r\n 130

\r\n

\r\n 15

\r\n

\r\n 67

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\r\n 55

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\r\n 2

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\r\n 45

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\r\n 99

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\r\n .320

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\r\n .419

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\r\n 2005

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\r\n Brooklyn

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\r\n .252

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\r\n 226

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\r\n 57

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\r\n 6

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\r\n 33

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\r\n 30

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\r\n 0

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\r\n 17

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\r\n 34

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\r\n .302

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\r\n .407

\r\n

\r\n 2005

\r\n

\r\n Kingsport

\r\n

\r\n .344

\r\n

\r\n 64

\r\n

\r\n 22

\r\n

\r\n 6

\r\n

\r\n 22

\r\n

\r\n 11

\r\n

\r\n 1

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\r\n 4

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\r\n 17

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\r\n .382

\r\n

\r\n .734

\r\n

\r\n 2004

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\r\n GCL

\r\n

\r\n .258

\r\n

\r\n 182

\r\n

\r\n 47

\r\n

\r\n 7

\r\n

\r\n 27

\r\n

\r\n 36

\r\n

\r\n 3

\r\n

\r\n 14

\r\n

\r\n 51

\r\n

\r\n .311

\r\n

\r\n .462


\r\n
\r\nBatting and Power. Evans is a very inconsistent offensive player right now, one prone to prolonged slumps because of a tendency to fall into a long swing. Evans could hit .360 or .220 in any given month – there seems to be no in between and no telling which player will arrive. He needs to keep a short swing and settle for driving the ball into the gaps, not hitting home runs. When he's at his best, Evans is drawing walks with a patient approach.
\r\n
\r\nBaserunning and Speed. Evans can move a little bit, but he's not going to be a real factor on the bases anytime soon. He won't run teams out of innings with mistakes, but he's not going to be the daring type often.
\r\n
\r\nDefense. Evans showed more range in his second year as a full-time first baseman after moving from the more crowded third base position. He's probably still trailing Mike Carp in development, and has trouble turning some double plays, but Evans has good hands. He's making progress and, right now, is an adequate player.
\r\n
\r\nProjection. Evans keeps hearing the name Pat Burrell when scouts describe him, and it's a fair comparison. Like Burrell, Evans is a streaky hitter who can be his team's greatest player at times, but then disappear from the lineup for other periods. If all falls right, Evans could hit fifth or sixth in a big league lineup, but don't rule out a position switch to the outfield.
\r\n
\r\nETA. 2009. Evans is still on track to play one season at each level, primed to join Class-A St. Lucie this year. That would put him in Binghamton in 2008, which would bring him to the cusp of the big leagues by 2009.
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