Connor O'Brien

Connor O'Brien is a second-year economics student in the Rutgers University Honors College, a lifelong Mets fan, and an editor here at MetsMerized Online. He embraces a sabermetric point of view in his articles, but doesn't believe this conflicts with scouting or player development. Follow him on Twitter @connor_obrien97

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2016 Season Preview: Neil Walker, 2B

An article by posted on March 21, 2016 0 Comments
2016 Season Preview: Neil Walker, 2B

Neil Walker, 2B Bats/Throws: S/R DOB: September 10, 1985 (30 on Opening Day) Contract: 3rd-year arbitration eligible (Projected $10.7 million) 2015 Recap After a career year in 2014, Neil Walker saw a big drop in offensive production with the Pirates. In 2014, Walker slashed .271/.341/.467 with 23 home runs in 137 games. He saw his […]

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2016 Season Preview: Lucas Duda, 1B

An article by posted on March 18, 2016 0 Comments
2016 Season Preview: Lucas Duda, 1B

Lucas Duda, 1B Bats/Throws: L/R DOB: February 3, 1986 (30 on Opening Day) Contract: 2nd-year arbitration eligible (Projected $6.8 million) 2015 Recap Lucas Duda‘s 2014 season earned him almost universal acclaim among Mets fans, yet when he did virtually the same thing in 2015, he became one of the more criticized players on the team. […]

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2016 Season Preview: Travis d’Arnaud, C

An article by posted on March 18, 2016 0 Comments
2016 Season Preview: Travis d’Arnaud, C

Steve Mitchell-USA TODAY Sports Travis d’Arnaud, C Bats/Throws: R/R DOB: February 10, 1989 (27 on Opening Day) Contract: $550,000, Arb Eligible 2017, Free Agent 2020 2015 Recap Travis d’Arnaud was probably the most under-appreciated player on the Mets roster this past season. Although he missed significant time due to another freak injury, he was fantastic […]

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2016 season Preview: Michael Conforto, LF

An article by posted on March 16, 2016 0 Comments
2016 season Preview: Michael Conforto, LF

Michael Conforto, LF Bats/Throws: L/R DOB: March 1, 1993 (23) Contract Status: Pre-Arb Eligible (Free Agent after 2021) 2015 Recap A little over a year after being drafted, Michael Conforto was called up with the expectations that he would turn around an ailing Mets lineup. What the Mets got in Conforto was a dynamic middle […]

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MMO Season Preview: Steven Matz, SP

An article by posted on February 29, 2016 0 Comments
MMO Season Preview: Steven Matz, SP

Steven Matz, SP Throws/Bats: L/R DOB: Match 29, 1991 (25 on Opening Day) Contract: Pre-Arb (Salary: league minimum) 2015 Recap Believe it or not, Steven Matz made just nine major league starts last season. But listening to the hype, you’d have thought he’d won Rookie of the Year. That being said, Matz was pretty excellent […]

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Ruben Tejada Given Extra Service Time, Making Him A Free Agent This Offseason

An article by posted on February 24, 2016 0 Comments
Ruben Tejada Given Extra Service Time, Making Him A Free Agent This Offseason

According to Ken Davidoff of the New York Post, the arbitration settlement between Ruben Tejada and the Mets included granting the shortstop one extra day of service time, making him a free agent after this season. Coming into this year, Tejada had four years and 171 days of major league service time, just one day […]

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Matz, Smith Top MLB.com’s Top 30 Mets Prospects

An article by posted on February 22, 2016 0 Comments
Matz, Smith Top MLB.com’s Top 30 Mets Prospects

‘Tis the season of prospect rankings! In the latest release, Jonathan Mayo and the MLB Pipeline staff published their top 30 Mets prospects this afternoon. To no one’s surprise, Steven Matz topped the list (he was also ranked 15th on the MLB-wide list) and was actually the only pitcher in the top eight. Mayo had great […]

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MMO Season Preview: Noah Syndergaard, SP

An article by posted on February 22, 2016 0 Comments
MMO Season Preview: Noah Syndergaard, SP

Noah Syndergaard Bats/Throws: L/R DOB: August 29, 1992 (23 on Opening Day) Contract Status: Pre-Arb (Will make league minimum) 2015 Recap Syndergaard burst onto the scene in a big way last season, at times pitching like an ace. The six-foot-six righty brought an incredible array of pitches that was at times even more impressive than […]

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Texas Rangers Are Monitoring Alejandro De Aza

An article by posted on February 17, 2016 0 Comments
Texas Rangers Are Monitoring Alejandro De Aza

Jon Paul Morosi of Fox Sports reports that the Texas Rangers are keeping tabs on New York Mets outfielder Alejandro De Aza. With Josh Hamilton currently dealing with injuries, the Rangers are also maintaining contact with remaining free agent outfielders David Murphy and Will Venable. Hamilton, 35,  is dealing with inflammation in his surgically repaired left knee, and hasn’t played […]

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Ruben Tejada Back On The Field, Still Upset Over Utley Slide

An article by posted on February 15, 2016 0 Comments
Ruben Tejada Back On The Field, Still Upset Over Utley Slide

While Ruben Tejada is back on the field and recovering well from his broken leg, he is still upset with Chase Utley‘s controversial slide in the NLDS, writes the NY Post’s Kevin Kernan. “I’d like to see the fielder be protected,” the shortstop said. Tejada’s injury taking place in a big game on national television […]

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