Mets make it official…
With center fielder Andres Torres heading to the disabled list, the Mets are expected to promote Kirk Nieuwenhuis from Triple-A Buffalo to make his major league debut this weekend, a team source told ESPNNewYork.com.
The lefty-hitting, righty-throwing center fielder had been held back in Port St. Lucie last weekend as his teammates left for Triple-A Buffalo in case Torres wasn’t ready for Opening Day. He eventually was cleared to join the Bisons, and played center field on Thursday night at Pawtucket, but now appears headed for Citi Field.
Now 24, Kirk had a slash-line of .298/.403/.505, with 6 HR’s and 14 RBI’s in 188 AB last season for Buffalo before injuring his shoulder. Nieuwenhuis batted third and was poised to have a big season and even earn a possible callup to the Mets.
Our minor league expert Petey, wrote the following regarding his defense in February:
As a fielder Kirk is very solid and has a good enough throwing arm to play RF. His speed is well above average for a baseball player, but merely average for a center-fielder, so there is still speculation about whether he can hold down the CF position on a daily basis in the bigs. I believe he can, using smarts and positioning to help counter any range limitations, but there is a distinct chance that he could wind up in RF when he reaches the Bigs.
This should be fun.