It’s always exciting to have a highly touted prospect make his Major League debut. That’s happening tonight for Ike Davis and the Mets. Unfortunately, it comes at the expense of Tobi Stoner getting optioned back to Triple-A Buffalo. But Mike Jacobs is the one that really paid the price by losing his position.
Much has been written about Davis and we’ll all be following his progress closely in the coming weeks. You can read a good summary about Davis’ stats at Fangraphs. But they threw in a line at the end that’s critical and we’ll get back to that in a minute. Even Beyond the Box Score chipped in with an opinion on the Davis promotion today. Their take is that this is another example of the Mets rushing their best prospects a la Jenry Mejia and Fernando Martinez.
My take is that Davis’ promotion today is all about MLB service time. It’s no coincidence that today is the first day that teams can promote players to the majors with no chance of getting enough service time to qualify for a full season. That means the Mets can control Davis through 2016 as opposed to 2015. This is also posted by MLBTradeRumors today.
Although I wrote a month ago that the Mets would realize that their best first baseman was at Triple-A, it’s a shrewd move to hold him off until today. Hopefully, we’ll be thanking Omar Minaya in six years that he did hold Davis off for a few weeks to get the extra year out of him.
The big question is: if Davis is successful what do they do with Daniel Murphy? I’m sure he’s wondering the same thing tonight.