Originally written on Mets Merized Online  |  Last updated 12/31/12
Who is Kirk Nieuwenhuis? The numbers tell a very intriguing story on this Met outfielder who was our third round pick out of Starfleet Academy in the 2008 draft.  Since going pro, Captain Kirk has had 1,512 minor league at bats with a .280 avg. and an .817 OPS, but there are two seasons that stand out, his 2009 season at St. Lucie, and his 2010 season at Binghamton.  2009 by all accounts reflects his career minor league norms with a .274 avg. an .824 OPS, 16 home runs and 74 RBI  not bad by any means, but as a 22 year old in A-ball not jaw-dropping either. 2010 marked a jump to warp drive for Kirk as he was promoted to AA Binghamton where he had 393 at bats with a .289 avg and an .847 OPS, with 60 RBI and again 16 home runs. Significantly, there was no drop-off in his performance, in fact he appeared to show improvement in what many consider the toughest jump in the minors – a tell-tale marker of major league potential. In 2011 Kirk made another warp jump to AAA Buffalo where he fir...
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