Well, it’s official. First baseman Ike Davis is being called up. This should inject some hope into the Mets faithful. Let’s see where Jerry sticks him in the lineup.
Here is the official release:
The New York Mets today announced that they have selected the contract of first baseman Ike Davis from Buffalo Bisons (AAA) of the International League and optioned righthanded pitcher Tobi Stoner to the Bisons. Davis will wear #29 and will be available for tonight’s game.
Davis, 23, hit .364 (12-33) with three doubles, two home runs and four RBI in 10 games with the Bisons. He drew nine walks and was tied for the best on-base percentage in the International League (.500). The 6-4, 215-pounder reached base twice in nine of his 10 games with Buffalo and was in the midst of a seven-game hitting streak (.348, 8-23).
He hit .480 (12-25) with seven runs scored, three doubles, three home runs, 10 RBI, three walks and eight strikeouts in 12 Spring Training games for New York.
The Mets 2009 Sterling Organizational Player of the Year combined to hit .298 (128-429) with 58 runs scored, 31 doubles, three triples, 20 home runs and 71 RBI in 114 games for St. Lucie (A) of the Florida State League and Binghamton (AA) of the Eastern League last year.
In September, 2009, he was a key member of the United States Gold Medal World Cup team. Davis batted .333 (10-30) with two doubles, a triple and three RBI. He delivered three straight game-winning RBI leading up to the Gold Medal game.
Davis was selected in the first round (18th overall) of the 2008 First Year Player Draft after playing at Arizona State University, where he was a first team Pac-10 Conference selection three straight years. His bio can be found on page 104 of the Mets 2010 Media Guide.
Stoner was recalled Sunday and pitched 2.1 innings last night at St. Louis suffering the loss. He allowed three hits and one run with three walks and one strikeout.
UPDATE: Davis will bat sixth, and Manuel says he will not platoon with Fernando Tatis. He will play every day. Kevin Goldstein of ESPNNewYork.com tells you five things you should know about the rookie first baseman.
What’s your prediction for his batting average after his first seven games?