The Mets have called up three prospects from the Buffalo Bisons to round out their list of September call-ups. The Bisons season ended Monday, so these players will finish the year with the big club.
Josh Stinson, Miguel Batista, Daniel Herrera and Josh Satin already are with the team, so the Mets should have a crowded the bench the rest of the way. To be eligible for a call-up, a player has to be on the 40-man roster.
Of course, the first of the new call-ups is first baseman/outfielder Mike Baxter. Baxter was called up to replace Jose Reyes on August 8, but saw limited playing time. Baxter has a decent lefty swing and the Mets will evaluate whether he could fit into a utility role on the bench for 2012.
Baxter is from Whitestone and grew up a Mets fan, so sticking with the club has been his dream for quite some time.
Chris Schwinden isn’t exactly a major prospect, but he pitched well enough this season in Buffalo to earn not just a promotion to the Mets. He led the Bisons with 26 starts, 145.2 innings pitched, a 3.95 ERA, 134 strikeouts and tied for the team lead in wins with eight.
Schwinden makes his Major League debut Thursday at Citi Field against the Atlanta Braves. Remember what happened with Dillon Gee last year?
Finally, slugger Valentino Pascucci will be in a Mets uniform for the remainder of the season. He’s been around for a while and has hit a ton, but never got the call from the Mets.
Pascucci played in 32 games with the Montreal Expos in 2004, but he only hit .177 with two home runs. Hopefully, we’ll get to see the raw power that he displayed in the minors for so long.
In addition to these player moves, the Mets will be joined by minor league coaches and 1986 World Champions Tim Teufel (Buffalo) and Wally Backman (Binghamton). Minor league hitting coordinator Lamar Johnson and Buffalo pitching coach Ricky Bones will also spend time with the club.
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