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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Mets Acquire LHP Blake Taylor From Pirates To Complete Ike Davis Trade

An article by posted on June 16, 2014 0 Comments
Mets Acquire LHP Blake Taylor From Pirates To Complete Ike Davis Trade

The Mets have finally completed the Ike Davis trade, acquiring left-handed pitching prospect Blake Taylor from the Pirates. Taylor, 18, was selected by the Pirates in the second round (51st overall) last year, signing exactly a year from today. Draft picks cannot be traded until a year after they sign, meaning Taylor had to stay […]

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The Real Brandon Nimmo

An article by posted on May 29, 2014 0 Comments
The Real Brandon Nimmo

Anyone who follows the Mets minor league system knows Brandon Nimmo hasn’t had it easy. Along with all the buzz that comes with being a top pick of a New York team, the early successes of fellow 2011 first rounder Jose Fernandez has only brought more intense scrutiny to the young outfielder. Last season, everything […]

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Emerson, Jackson, and Baseball Statistics

An article by posted on May 1, 2014 0 Comments
Emerson, Jackson, and Baseball Statistics

Our age is retrospective. It builds the sepulchres of the fathers. It writes biographies, histories, and criticism. The foregoing generations beheld God and nature face to face; we, through their eyes. Why should not we also enjoy an original relation to the universe? Why should not we have a poetry and philosophy of insight and […]

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Boomer and Carton Completely Out of Line with Murphy Comments

An article by posted on April 2, 2014 0 Comments
Boomer and Carton Completely Out of Line with Murphy Comments

For those who haven’t seen, Boomer Esiason and Craig Carton on WFAN stirred up some controversy this morning regarding Daniel Murphy‘s paternity leave this week, criticizing him for taking time off after his son was born. Murphy is expected to be back with the team on Thursday, but has been away from the team since […]

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2014 Mets Projection: Curtis Granderson, LF

An article by posted on April 2, 2014 0 Comments
2014 Mets Projection: Curtis Granderson, LF

Opening Day has come and gone, but there is always time for another projection. While I didn’t get to finish this series, I had written the majority of the Curtis Granderson projection, so I just decided to finish is and publish. Enjoy. The Mets made an enormous splash this offseason, spending the most money on […]

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MLB, MLBPA Announce Changes to Joint Drug Agreement

An article by posted on March 28, 2014 0 Comments
MLB, MLBPA Announce Changes to Joint Drug Agreement

Major League Baseball and the players association announced changes today to their Joint Drug Prevention and Treatment program, lengthening suspensions for players caught across the board, likely in response to the PR nightmare the league experienced last summer. Some of the notable changes are as follows: First time offenders will now be suspended for 80 […]

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2014 Player Projections: David Wright

An article by posted on March 21, 2014 0 Comments
2014 Player Projections: David Wright

If I had to pick one position player from the National League East to anchor a lineup for a year, David Wright may just be my pick. While on the field, the 31 year-old had a monster 2013 season, one that was cut short by a pesky hamstring injury. Wright fell short of 500 plate […]

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Oldies But Not Goodies: Discarding RBI, Runs Scored, and Pitching Wins

An article by posted on March 6, 2014 0 Comments
Oldies But Not Goodies: Discarding RBI, Runs Scored, and Pitching Wins

While most traditionalist stats are all but completely gone from most Major League Baseball front offices, the casual fan and the older generations of die-hard fans have stuck with the statistics. Classic and easy to remember, a century of celebrating records has some people holding on to these numbers for good. Sometimes, classic theories and […]

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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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