Nick Evans has spent most of his tenure with the New York Mets traveling back and forth between New York and Buffalo, but with injuries to Daniel Murphy and Ike Davis and the Mets looking to give Lucas Duda extended playing time in right field, Evans has finally been given a rare opportunity to prove his worth. And, the 25-year-old career minor leaguer, is taking full advantage.
With his sixth inning single during game two of yesterday’s double header against the Florida Marlins, Evans extended his hitting streak to five games. Later in the game, Evans ripped a 1-1 fastball over the head of Marlins left fielder Logan Morrison that bounced off of the left center field wall resulting in a stand-up double. The hit — his fourth of the double dip — marked his fourth multi-hit game during his current hit streak. Evans is 10-for-19 with five extra-base hits (three doubles), four runs batted in and six runs scored over that span, raising his season average to .300 in the process.
Evans current streak started with a 2-for-4 performance on Wednesday night against the Philadelphia Phillies and after he followed that with a three hit, four RBI performance on Thursday, New York manager Terry Collins gave his new first basebman plenty of praise:
All he’s done is hit,” Collins said, referring to Evans’ minor league career. “He’s hit his whole career. The one thing he hasn’t had an opportunity to do is be an everyday player in the big leagues and see if he can hit here. So as we were getting into this, and we knew we wanted to put Lucas in the outfield, we said, ‘Well, we’ve got a guy on this bench that can produce some runs. He’s done it in the minor leagues. He hits homers. Let’s see what he can do.’ Right now there’s an opportunity.”
“I think it’s definitely easier to get in a rhythm the more you get to play,” Evans explained to Adam Rubin of ESPN New York. As Rubin explained in his blog post Nick has been placed through waivers three separate times this year alone:
Because Evans is out of options, each time he has been demoted, he has been placed through waivers. All three times — at the end of spring training, and then in June and July — 29 teams have passed on claiming him. Evans had the right to declare free agency the latter two times, and decided to remain with the organization.”
It’s nice to see Evans “seize” the moment, if you will, and take advantage of the opportunity which has presented itself. While I find myself rooting for him — it’s hard not too — I’m not convinced his torrid pace will translate into a starting job with the Mets next season. With that said, his recent surge, however, should not go unnoticed.
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