Connor O'Brien

Connor O'Brien is a 17 year-old high school student and lifelong Mets fan. He embraces a sabermetric point of view in his articles, but also recognizes the importance of scouting, player development, and the immeasurable aspects of baseball. Follow him on Twitter @UpAlongFirst

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2014 Player Projections: Daniel Murphy, 2B

An article by posted on March 5, 2014 0 Comments
2014 Player Projections: Daniel Murphy, 2B

Author Note: Apparently it’s been almost three weeks since I did my last projection. For a refresher (and my Travis d’Arnaud projection), click here. A target of trade speculation all winter long, Daniel Murphy comes into camp this year as one of the most tenured position players on the Met roster. The 28-year old had […]

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In Defense Of David Wright

An article by posted on March 2, 2014 0 Comments
In Defense Of David Wright

There has been much debate among Mets fans over David Wright. How will he decline, his contract, and most importantly, how good he still is. They have all been controversial issues. For many, the home run totals are enough to say Wright is getting worse. In fact, the slight decline in power has been almost […]

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MLB Advanced Media Launching Revolutionary Data Gathering Program

An article by posted on March 1, 2014 0 Comments
MLB Advanced Media Launching Revolutionary Data Gathering Program

MLB Advanced Media announced today the launching of a new data gathering system to eventually be implemented in every MLB ballpark. The new tracking system will gather data on every play of every game. For this year, systems will be ready in Milwaukee, Minnesota, and Citi Field, with every team getting systems by 2015. The […]

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Mets Land Four On Baseball America’s Top 100 Prospects

An article by posted on February 19, 2014 0 Comments
Mets Land Four On Baseball America’s Top 100 Prospects

Baseball America released its annual list of the top 100 prospects in baseball today, and unsurprisingly, the list included a few notable future Mets. The four who made the cut were Noah Syndergaard, Travis d’Arnaud, Rafael Montero, and Dominic Smith. Here is what John Manuel, the editor of the publication, had to say about each […]

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2014 Player Projection: Travis d’Arnaud, Catcher

An article by posted on February 17, 2014 0 Comments
2014 Player Projection: Travis d’Arnaud, Catcher

Welcome to my annual player projection series. In this series, I will try to take a swing at estimating how each Met will do in the upcoming season. As the results of last year’s projections will tell you, I won’t be too accurate. So much happens over the course of a baseball season that without […]

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Discussing ETAs of Keith Law’s Top Ten Mets Prospects

An article by posted on February 10, 2014 0 Comments
Discussing ETAs of Keith Law’s Top Ten Mets Prospects

Keith Law came out with his annual prospect rankings series recently, including his overall top 100, and his organizational rankings, both of which were rather surprising to some Mets fans. While the list itself has been gone over with a fine tooth comb, probably the most important thing hasn’t been discussed: when will these prospects […]

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Debunking Three Myths About Sabermetrics

An article by posted on January 5, 2014 0 Comments
Debunking Three Myths About Sabermetrics

There has always been a perceived tension between pro-analytics baseball fans and anti-analytics fans. The battle is already over and done with in front offices, as both have been able to coexist, but there are still fans who disagree. Really, most of the disagreements are caused by ignorance towards the other side or just a […]

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Mike Piazza and Faith in Hall of Fame Voting

An article by posted on January 4, 2014 0 Comments
Mike Piazza and Faith in Hall of Fame Voting

Another year, another batch of worthy players kept from the Hall of Fame. As of January 3, according to Baseball Think Factory, only four players, Greg Maddux, Tom Glavine, Frank Thomas, and Craig Biggio, have appeared on 75 percent of publicly-released Hall of Fame ballots in one of the strongest classes in history. Approximately one-fifth […]

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Nelson Cruz Is Not The Answer For The Mets

An article by posted on November 29, 2013 0 Comments
Nelson Cruz Is Not The Answer For The Mets

Even after last week’s signing of Chris Young, the Met outfield is still in dire circumstances. Although they have two starters set in place in Juan Lagares and Young, neither of them are sure bets at the plate. With the Mets presumably sticking with either Lucas Duda or Ike Davis at first base for next […]

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Mets Can Still Get Creative With Trade Market

An article by posted on November 27, 2013 0 Comments
Mets Can Still Get Creative With Trade Market

It was a little disappointing for Mets fans last week when John Harper of the New York Daily News reported that Sandy Alderson would have a spending limit this offseason somewhere in the range of $25 to $30 million. While Jeff Wilpon came out later in the week, calling the spending cap a flexible one, […]

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