In today’s game, Ike Davis hit a grand slam in the 8th inning. In a post to Metsblog, I wrote a comment asking what people thought of him and will he make the opening day roster. Here are some of the responses:
Absolutely the when is the thing. I’d say if he keeps showing the discipline he has at the plate and bats lefties like he has so far; which is the only reason he’s not up yet he could really do it.
Oddly he’s made two errors and his D is supposed to be one of the best things about him.
if I were Daniel Murphy I’d be really worried with what we’ve seen thus far. But it’s only 3 days and spring.training and he’s been seeing the iffy pitchers. So who knows?
Still it’s hard not to get excited about him.
I wouldn’t say Murphy get nervous just yet. 3 days vs. minor league pitchers but “it’s hard not to get excited about him” I completely agree with. Why else would I be focussing the blog on him.
I don’t think so and I hope not. No reason to rush Ike to the big leagues just yet, Murphy is more than adequate at 1st for now.
I don’t think he’ll make the team. Not because his skills aren’t good enough to go in the bigs, I just think that the Mets don’t want to rush him to the bigs. When players get rushed to the bigs the outcome usually isn’t that good. He is very talented though, that was one of the hardest hit balls I ever saw. This kid has some serious talent, and he just needs a little more seasoning in AAA. If he keeps showing the Mets that he can hit that good then I am sure that he will be the Opening Day first baseman for 2011. I can’t wait to see this phenom play with the Mets.
Davis is definitely the first basemen of the future especially if Murphy doesn’t step it up this year (I do expect murphy to have a good year though).
The reaction seems to be that Davis should not be on the roster and stick to Murphy. Please answer this poll about what to do:
In a high scoring game, the New York Mets defeated the St. Louis Cardinals by a score of 17-11 at Tradition Field.
W: Tobi Stoner (1-0)
L: Charlie Zink (0-1)
S: Jack Everts (1)
First game for the starters and a bunch of long balls led to a victory.
Matt Cerrone of Metsblog watched Oliver Perez throw a bullpen session today and said:
I’d say I watched him throw a good 30 pitches, maybe more, he had essentially the same delivery on each pitch, and not once did he spin around, he finished each throw square to the batter, both feet on the ground.
In addition, his arm slot was the repeatedly the same, and he seems more explosive with his whole body as he releases the ball, he’s not slinging it like I remember.
I think that this is the year for Perez. If he does well the team will do pretty well. I can see him going 15-8 which would be very good. The key with him is to have confidence and not alter his motion every pitch. Stay consistent.
Ike Davis has been a big focus of Mets camp so far. Today he was 2 for 3 with a double. Here is a video of the double today:
Davis was the first overall pick by the Mets in the 2008 draft and has quickly made it to double-A last year where he hit .309 in 207 at bats. He has 13 home runs and 43 RBIs. He is left handed and plays first base. He did say that he might be able to play right field as well. When he was drafted, this is what MLB.com said about him:
Power: Davis has some untapped raw power that could be developed as a pro.
Running Speed: He’s a tick below Major League average in terms of speed.
Base running: Not a base-clogger by any means, he’s a decent baserunner.
Arm Strength: Also a pitcher who throws about 87 mph, his arm plays fine from the outfield or first base.
Fielding: He’s a solid corner outfielder and can handle himself well around first.
Range: He’s got good instincts in the outfield and would have no trouble covering enough ground to stay there.
Physical Description: Davis has a good, projectable and athletic body.
Medical Update: Healthy.
Strengths: Smooth swing from the left side; good athleticism; good bloodlines — former big league pitcher Ron Davis is his dad.
Weaknesses: He doesn’t always repeat his swing, leading to incomplete at-bats at times. Sometimes he appears to be a little low energy.
Summary: On radars since high school, when he was a 19th-round pick of the Rays in 2005, the son of ex-big leaguer Ron Davis has a sweet left-handed swing that should generate more power in the future. He’s not speedy, but he is a solid base runner and would be fine as a corner outfielder or first baseman at the next level.
In June 2008, BA did a post-draft adjustment of their top 10 Mets prospects and Davis was ranked #2, with the comments: “hulking lefthanded slugger can handle the outfield and pitch, too.
This spring, Ike has seemed like he plays the position pretty well. He has been working with Daniel Murphy, Mike Jacobs and Fernando Tatis at first base. His hitting has seemed amazing. Every time he hit BP, weather it was the knuckleballer R.A. Dickey or the fireballer Jenry Mejia, I kept reading that he is smacking them out to the warning track. He did that today with his double to go along with his other single. Scouts keep calling him, “the real deal.”
He is going to need to sure up his defense a little to get even better. He also strikes out a lot in the minors and if he could lower that it would help a lot. He is definitly the first basemen of the future though.
After his big day today here was a interview he had with Chris Carlin:
Ike is competing for a spot on the opening day roster but I doubt he is on it. Good luck though. Have a good spring and you might get it.
Today the Mets will open up Spring Training and play the Atlanta Braves at 1:10 at Tradition Field.
- CF – Gary Mathews Jr.
- 2B – Luis Castillo
- SS – Jose Reyes
- 3B – David Wright
- LF – Jason Bay
- DH – Mike Jacobs
- RF – Jeff Francoeur
- 1B – Ike Davis
- C – Chris Coste
- ATL – TBA
- NYM – Nelson Figueroa, Hisanori Takahashi, Bobby Parnell, Elmer Dessens
How to Catch It:
- 1:10 PM, Tradition Field
- MLB Network
- Jose Reyes got a 2 RBI tripple. He hit 3rd.
- David Wright hit a ground rule double and was 1 for 2.
- Jenry Mejia was called in by Jerry Manual who spoke to him and then they laughed.