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Michael Conforto’s assignment, Kirk Nieuwenhuis’ last 10, Zack Thornton’s misfortune

Really smart people go into an experiment with no pre-conceived ideas and simply go where the evidence takes them. Opinionated people go into experiments with an outcome already in mind. My opinion was that a first-round draft pick from a four-year college should start his first full professional season in either Hi-A or (preferably) Double-A. So I was unhappy when I read yesterday...
24 days ago  |  Discuss

New York Mets: backup outfielders off to fast start

After two spring games for the New York Mets, two of the more noticable contributions came from backup outfielders. More specifically, the two guys projected to be 4th and 5th on the depth chart. It began with Kirk Nieuwenhuis. Nieuwenhuis was my early favorite to earn the 5th outfielder/left-handed batter off the bench job and he went a long way towards solidifying that in game...
March 06, 2015  |  Discuss

Nieuwenhuis, Monell fuel Mets in win over Braves

In the battle for the New York Mets’ vacant fifth outfield spot, Kirk Nieuwenhuis made an immediate impression Wednesday during the team’s first Grapefruit League game against the Atlanta Braves. Nieuwenhuis, who is competing with Matt den Dekker for the spot, notched four hits and scored a run. Den Dekker also played, recording one hit in three at-bats. Nieuwenhuis is considered...
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March 04, 2015  |  Discuss

Collins: Den Dekker and Nieuwenhuis will battle for outfield spot

The New York Mets roster will be comprised of the organizations best 25 players, Terry Collins told the media Friday afternoon. That means the battle to determine the team’s fifth outfielder between Matt den Dekker and Kirk Nieuwenhuis should theoretically be based on skill; however, Nieuwenhuis is out of minor league options and will need to clear waivers if he does not make the...
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February 27, 2015  |  Discuss

What’s Next For Kirk Nieuwenhuis?

Kirk Nieuwenhuis is entering to his fourth season this year and is facing a harsh reality of Major League Baseball. He is a fringe player who has run out of options. As Mike Vorkunov of points out, Nieuwenhuis is entering this season without a starting position available and as a potential fourth outfielder for the Mets. The most encouraging piece about Nieuwenhuis was his...
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October 06, 2014  |  Discuss

New York Mets: Abreu designated for assignment, Kirk recalled

Guess who’s back New York Mets fans! That’s right Kirk Nieuwenhuis has been promoted for the third time this season. He will join the club as they begin their road trip in Washington, D.C. on Tuesday. To make room for Nieuwenhuis, the Mets designated Bobby Abreu for assignment. Abreu had been with the team primarily as a bench player since Ike Davis was traded in April. He hit...
August 04, 2014  |  Discuss

Kirk Nieuwenhuis is Making the Most of His Latest Opportunity

One player who is really surprising me with his recent play is Kirk Nieuwenhuis. As I wrote last year on Mets Minors – Kirk was the forgotten man in the depth chart, a player whose star had fallen to the point where he didn’t even get a September call-up when the rosters expanded. But here he is, back with the team since his exile in Las Vegas ended in June, and playing like...
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July 13, 2014  |  Discuss

New York Mets: Nieuwenhuis replaces den Dekker

The New York Mets made a roster move on Wednesday when the team optioned Matt den Dekker back to Triple-A Las Vegas and recalled Kirk Nieuwenhuis for the second time this season. den Dekker was seeing regular playing time due to the injuries to Juan Lagares and Eric Young Jr. however now that Young has returned, den Dekker’s playing time had dried up. At Las Vegas he can ply everyday...
June 19, 2014  |  Discuss

Nieuwenhuis recalled; den Dekker Optioned To Vegas

Jared Diamond of The Wall Street Journal announced via twitter that the Mets have chosen to option outfielder Matt den Dekker to Triple-A Las Vegas. Kirk Nieuwenhuis has been recalled to take his place on the roster. The 26-year old Nieuwenhuis has hit well in Vegas recently, batting .308 with six homeruns in his last 24 games for the 51s. den Dekker was hitting just .156/ .224/...
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June 18, 2014  |  Discuss

Kirk Nieuwenhuis and other Mets battling for roster spots

We all know that there are things in life you just shouldn’t do. You should never text and drive, you should never get involved in a land war in Asia and you should never make roster decisions based solely on Spring Training stats. But there are reports that Terry Collins was tapping furiously on his phone while driving down the highway to get to the local Denny’s in time...
March 16, 2014  |  Discuss

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