On April 1 it looked like it would be a big season for Nick Evans. He had earned a spot on the Mets opening day roster after batting .263 with 3HRs and 12 RBIs in spring training and was headed to New York for the Mets last 2 exhibition games against the Red Sox at CitiField. Then disaster rocked his world as the Mets signed Gary Sheffield. Evans was now headed to the AAA Buffalo Bisons to make room for Sheffield on the 25 man major league squad.
The sudden demotion sent Evans reeling. He was hitting just .093 for the Bisons with 27 strikeouts on 75 at bats. His bat went so far south the team started to use him only against left handers.
I’m not sure what’s wrong with Evans. Is it approach? Stance? Mechanics? My bet would be that a large part of the problem is psychological but I don’t have any expertise in this area so that’s not a clinical diagnosis. Regardless of what it is I hope he gets over it soon. The Mets are going to need someone to take a roster spot before too long (Carlos Delgado to the DL?. the eventual release of Sheffield?) and it would be nice if Evans could take it.