Thursday, March 24, 2011

Why All the Hubbub for a Rule 5 Player?

Brad Emaus (2007-2010) about 4 MiLB seasons, six feet, 200 lbs, right-handed hitting infielder with some pop. In 87 career AAA games, Emaus batted .298 with 92 hits in 309 at-bats to go along with a .395 on-base percentage and 10 homers, 25 doubles, 49 runs batted in. Considered a grinder at the plate with the propensity to get on base, so far this spring with the Mets, Emaus currently has 14 hits and 6 base-on-balls in 41 at-bats resulting in a .396 OBP.

The 24-year-old plays an adequate second base with slightly above-average range. Last season for Triple-A Las Vegas and Double-AA New Hampshire, 113 games, Emaus committed 20 errors and completed 54 double plays finishing with a .954 fielding percentage.

Emaus has been touted as the Mets Opening Day starter thanks in part to Justin Turner’s minor league options, Daniel Murphy’s defensive liabilities, and Luis Hernandez’ ability to sustain some freakish injuries. But don’t tell Emaus that.

For even blander minor league statistics on Brad Emaus, go to baseball

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