Found February 10, 2012 on
Rather than spend this spring competing for a job, Mets center-field prospect Kirk Nieuwenhuis will report to Florida next week as one of several dozen players in camp with virtually no shot at a big league role -- at least not yet.
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Last season, while playing center field for the New York Mets Triple-A Buffalo affiliate, Kirk Nieuwenhuis recorded professional career highs in batting average (.294), on-base percentage (.403), and OPS (.908). The 24-year-old lefty was poised for a summer call up while in the midst of arguably his best overall season in the minors.
Unfortunately, an injury to his left shoulder...
If you haven’t checked out this article by Anthony DiComo of MLB.com, I urge you to take a few minutes to read it – it’s a nice piece on Mets centerfield prospect, Kirk Nieuwenhuis.
The talented outfielder with the cool moniker of Captain Kirk, is a package of baseball tools who, just nine months ago, was on the cusp of the Major Leagues, writes DiComo.