August is winding down and September is fast approaching. In baseball season that means September call-ups. For contending teams it's the extra pitchers or bench players that will help take the burden off some of the overused players. For teams that are out of the race it's the time to see some of the future. The young players that will have a shot at making the team out of Spring Training next year.
At this point, the Mets are out of any race for the playoffs. Jenrry Mejia is one guy that will definitely be back in the majors for September. Nick Evans should also be back as well as Jesus Feliciano. But there are also the players that have never been up yet.
Lucas Duda is a name that comes to mind. He started the season with the B-Mets but has spent most of his time on the Bisons. Overall, he's batting .299 in 113 games. He'll hit for power, with 23 home runs this year and he's simply a big dude, being 6'5" and 240 lbs. He's an outfielder but isn't great in the field. I'm not an expert, but I see him as a possible 4th outfielder next year.
And there's one other guy that should get consideration. Mike Nickeas. He's only played 4 games in AAA but has been hitting all year. He's known for his defense, if anything, but there's something else that could help his chances. He's been catching Jenrry Mejia a lot this season. If the Mets wanted to help Jenrry this season they could have a catcher he's familiar with in the big leagues. The Mets have nothing to lose when it comes to carrying 3 catchers in September. They wouldn't be taking a bench spot from a more useful player because there's more room on the roster. It would be awesome if they gave Mike a chance, just amazing.
It would be a lot of fun for Mike Nickeas to get a call-up, but I really don't it'll happen. I'll still have fun watching the other young players get a chance because that's the fun of September for otherwise-hopeless teams. Mike would just make it better.
For now, the Mets will be playing with their 25-man roster, which is really 23 because Jose Reyes is injured and Oliver Perez isn't allowed to play.
Let's Go Mets!