Phillip Evan’s is sort of coming out of nowhere. He signed with the Mets after being drafted in the 15th round in the 2011 draft as a high school student so the 24 year old has the combination of both being young and with the Mets for a while. He started out 2016 with the St. Lucie squad hitting .143/.273/.143 but then he had an opportunity to go up to Binghamton and everything changed.
He played 96 games in Binghamton with a .335/.374/.485 line, which is tremendous. In 361 AB’s he hit 121 hits, 30 doubles and 8 homers. He’s a middle infielder spraying the ball. Sound familiar? The Mets had another player who made a leap like that last year (T.J. Rivera).
Now there’s a lot of players in the way of Phillip Evans getting the bench spot (Reyes, Walker, Wright, Flores, Rivera and Cabrera) for three positions. I’m curious to see what happens if Evans is given time in the PCL. does he keep up the hitting? He hasn’t put numbers like he did last year at any other time.
I am confident about this though: If Phillip Evans puts up similar numbers, or close numbers, to what he did in Binghamton last year, and somehow doesn’t make the 40-man by the end of the season, he’s going to have to be traded otherwise he’s going to get snatched in the Rule V draft.