Las Vegas 51s
The Rangers’ ECHL affiliate announced on Wednesday it’d be re-branded as the Swamp Rabbits, which is certainly one of the more creative team names we’ve ever heard — to say the least.
The former top prospect is 12-for-29 (.414) with five home runs, 10 RBIs and two doubles. He’s drawn three walks, scored eight runs and struck out only twice. His on-base percentage? A ridiculous .485.
Outfielder Bobby Abreu will join the Mets on Monday for the opener of a four-game series against the St. Louis Cardinals at Citi Field. His contract has been selected from Triple-A Las Vegas, and Andrew Brown has been optioned.
New York said Tuesday that during a spring-training exam “Mets physicians discovered a heart condition that needed to be corrected as soon as possible.”
The Las Vegas 51s announced on Tuesday that manager Wally Backman will return for the 2014 season.
Let’s just say Jordany Valdespin didn’t handle being sent down to Triple-A very well.
Davis is hitting it big in Vegas. The demoted Mets first baseman slugged his fifth home run in four games on Monday night, doubling and driving two runs.
It seems Wally isn’t so popular in Flushing these days — at least among Mets brass.
Triple-A manager Wally Backman says Ike Davis is “gonna get right” in Las Vegas. Well, maybe he will — with a little family support.
“I want the kid to go up there and just look strictly for fastballs, and fastballs that he can drive,” Backman said. “…We’ll make the adjustments that need to be made for this guy. He’s gonna get right.”
The Mets have sent down Collin McHugh and called up David Aardsma from Triple-A Las Vegas
Sending Ike Davis down to Triple-A potentially could harm his already damaged psyche. Either way, Sandy Alderson must make a decision now.
Just when will Mets fans get a glimpse at stud prospect Zack Wheeler?
“He’s turning the corner, that is what we have seen the last two starts,” Backman said. “If we see that a couple of more starts, he’s going to be pushing the door open himself, forcing the issue for sure.”
“I’m not after Terry’s job,” Wally Backman said. “But my goal is definitely to manage in the big leagues.”