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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When Will We See Wilmer Flores?

An article by posted on May 23, 2013 0 Comments
When Will We See Wilmer Flores?

With Ike Davis struggling in the majors, Mets fans are looking for another option, someone who can take over the first base job for Davis while he puts in some work at Triple-A. There really seem to be three candidates, two more realistic than the other: Zach Lutz, Josh Satin, and Wilmer Flores. Lutz and Satin are examples of two […]

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Is Marlon Byrd Finally Coming Around?

An article by posted on May 18, 2013 0 Comments
Is Marlon Byrd Finally Coming Around?

Most of the attention concerning the Met outfield the past few weeks has gone to Jordany Valdespin, both for his character and his play on the field. However, there has been one player who has very quietly got on a roll, and may be able to plug a hole in the still-fluctuating outfield: Marlon Byrd. […]

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Series Preview: New York Mets at Chicago Cubs

An article by posted on May 17, 2013 0 Comments
Series Preview: New York Mets at Chicago Cubs

Mets at Cubs Series Preview The Mets are playing terribly, and they need a team to beat up on. They have played three out of their last four series against teams above .500 and have suffered badly, losing six of their last seven games. Luckily, they play the Cubs this weekend, who, even though they […]

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Q&A With Prospect Guru John Sickels Of Minor League Ball

An article by posted on May 8, 2013 0 Comments
Q&A With Prospect Guru John Sickels Of Minor League Ball

Last month, I had the chance to conduct an email interview with John Sickels of the well-known minor league blog, Minor League Ball. Sickels worked for ESPN many years ago, where he had his own column about minor league baseball. Here is some of what we talked about: Q: Were the Mets too conservative with the Gavin […]

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Mets Minor League Mailbag: When Will Zack Wheeler Debut?

An article by posted on May 8, 2013 0 Comments
Mets Minor League Mailbag: When Will Zack Wheeler Debut?

This one comes from Jay via email: When do you think Wheeler will get the major league call up and how large of an impact do you see him having on this season? If Zack Wheeler continues to mix his pitches and keep hitters guessing, which made him so devastating last year, he will be […]

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Mets Minors: Who’s Hot, Who’s Not (April 28- May 5)

An article by posted on May 6, 2013 0 Comments
Mets Minors: Who’s Hot, Who’s Not (April 28- May 5)

Welcome to the second edition of Who’s Hot, Who’s Not. This week was a very intriguing one for followers of the Mets minor league system. We saw the rise of two top pitching prospects, and the fall of one who had been absolutely dominant. We also saw Kevin Plawecki continue to show why the Mets […]

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Series Preview: Atlanta Braves

An article by posted on May 3, 2013 0 Comments
Series Preview: Atlanta Braves

The Braves made headlines this offseason with their acquisition of B.J. Upton in November, signing him to a five year deal worth about $75 million. However, just when the offseason was winding down and it appeared the Braves were done, they surprised everyone and acquired B.J.’s brother Justin from the Diamondbacks. The tandem added a […]

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Series Preview: Miami Marlins

An article by posted on April 29, 2013 0 Comments
Series Preview: Miami Marlins

Somehow, the Miami Marlins are playing worse than they were expected to. As it stands right now, the Martlins are 6-19. That’s a .240 winning percentage, which is even worse than the Astros, who are at .280 this season. On offense, the Marlins are dead last in baseball in runs scored, OPS, and home runs, […]

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Mets Minors: Who’s Hot, Who’s Not

An article by posted on April 29, 2013 0 Comments
Mets Minors: Who’s Hot, Who’s Not

Welcome to the first post in a weekly series called “Who’s Hot, Who’s Not,” in which we look at the hottest and coldest players in the Mets’ minor league system from the past week. Here’s a look back at the week that was. NOTE: Stats are from April 20 through April 27. Who’s Hot Jayce […]

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Series Preview: Mets Head To Philly After Solid Homestand

An article by posted on April 8, 2013 0 Comments
Series Preview: Mets Head To Philly After Solid Homestand

The Mets begin a three-game series with the Philadelphia Phillies tonight at Citizens Bank Park, their first road series of the year and their first against a decent team. Tha Phillies are currently at a crossroads. Where health and age meet talent. The Phillies are getting older, and this may be their last year to […]

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