Over the last four seasons I've seen a lot of baseball. From the major leagues to minors, from independent to college. While I'm not a scout...I do consider myself a pretty good judge of talent. After having done some research and watching first hand, I think Chris McClendon and Cody Puckett will have big years for the Long Island Ducks.

Chris McClendon has been tucked away in the Frontier League for the last five seasons. He's a solid hitter with calm hands and who is very selective with the pitches he swings at. In 309 at-bats last season he only struck 50 times. He finished 2013 with a .327 batting average, 7 home runs, 49 RBI, and a career high 14 stolen bases in only 82 games for the Gateway Grizzles. If he can stay healthy and in the lineup his numbers translate into a .300 batting average with 13 home runs, and 80 RBI during a full season, something he's never done during his professional career.

(Photo Credit/Corey Mansfield)
Cody Puckett has had a lot of success during his time in affiliated ball. In 646 minor league games he has 94 home runs, which is pretty impressive for a guy who is only 5'9" tall. He has raw power and takes a hack every time he swings. You'd think with a player who swings that aggressively would have high strikeout numbers but he doesn't. He won't hit for a high average but can drive in runs and hit the ball out of the park.  He should be able to handle Atlantic League pitchers having played at the AA and AAA levels before in his career (which is what people believe Atlantic League pitching translates into in affiliated ball). I'm looking for him to hit .270 with 20 home runs, and 90 RBI if he stays the full season with the Ducks.

(Photo Credit/Corey Mansfield)

I suggest highlighting these guys on your scorecard because they both should have big seasons.
It was no surprise that the Mets traded Ike Davis on Friday. However, fans were still a little shocked that it finally happened. For the longest time it seemed like an idle threat and possibly a rumor, but it finally happened.

One of the last images of Ike Davis in a Mets uniform. After taking BP with Mets on Friday he was traded to Pirates (Photo Credit/Corey Mansfield)

I wasn't an Ike Davis fan, I'll admit that. I think he was over hyped by the New York media. Yes, he did few a couple good seasons but they weren't in succession but rather sporadic. Just when you thought he was turning a corner...he didn't.

This isn't all on Ike, the Mets are also to blame. The Mets had no clue what to do with Ike and wavered so many times I got old reading about it.  Apparently, he was a good clubhouse guy which maybe the reason he wasn't given so many chances. Though in the end their indecision may have hurt his career. 

Maybe a change of scenery is what Ike needed. 

Last night, in his debut with the Pirates, Davis went 2-for-3 with two runs scored (the Pirates still lost).

I'd like to see Ike rebound and have solid career and ultimately I think he will. I just don't think the Mets could afford his inconsistency at this point in their rebuilding process. They had too many first baseman and too many other holes to fill. Only time will tell if Zack Thorton and the "player to be named later" will contribute to a championship.

Here are my game photos from the exhibition game between the Bridgeport Bluefish and Long Island Ducks on April 19, 2014.

This was the first chance for Ducks' fans to get see the 2014 in action at the pond. 

Former big league pitcher Jeremy Accardo (Photo Credit/Corey Mansfield)

Bobby Blevins is introduced (Photo Credit/Corey Mansfield)

Bobby Blevins finally starts a season with the Ducks (Photo Credit/Corey Mansfield)

Fan favorite Joash Brodin returns to the Long Island (Photo Credit/Corey Mansfield)

High fives (Photo Credit/Corey Mansfield)

Up top! (Photo Credit/Corey Mansfield)

Key newcomer Chris McClendon (Photo Credit/Corey Mansfield)

A throw to first (Photo Credit/Corey Mansfield)

Cody Puckett (Photo Credit/Corey Mansfield)

Lew Ford (Photo Credit/Corey Mansfield)

Cody Puckett connects (Photo Credit/Corey Mansfield)

Keith Castillo with the throw to second (Photo Credit/Corey Mansfield)

Brandon Boggs (Photo Credit/Corey Mansfield)

Chris McClendon with a circus catch (Photo Credit/Corey Mansfield)

Denny Almonte (Photo Credit/Corey Mansfield)

Denny Almonte rounds the bases after crushing a home run (Photo Credit/Corey Mansfield)

Former Mets prospect Prentic Redman (Photo Credit/Corey Mansfield)

Redman rounds the bases after his home run (Photo Credit/Corey Mansfield)

John Brownell (Photo Credit/Corey Mansfield)
Adam Bailey (Photo Credit/Corey Mansfield)

(Photo Credit/Corey Mansfield)

TyRelle Harris (Photo Credit/Corey Mansfield)

Chris McClendon rips a single (Photo Credit/Corey Mansfield)

Hustle! (Photo Credit/Corey Mansfield)

McClendon takes his lead (Photo Credit/Corey Mansfield)


Felhandt Lentini (Photo Credit/Corey Mansfield)

Lew Ford takes a hack (Photo Credit/Corey Mansfield)



Here are my game photos from last night's game between the Atlanta Braves and New York Mets  The Mets were one-hit by the Braves, and lost the 6-0.

Also, just before the game first baseman Ike Davis was traded to the Pittsburgh Pirates for minor league pitcher, Zack Thorton and a player to be named later.

Ike Davis taking his last BP has a member of the New York Mets (Photo Credit/Corey Mansfield)

The best in the business, Kevin Burkhardt (Photo Credit/Corey Mansfield)


Roger McDowell (Photo Credit/Corey Mansfield)

David Wright (Photo Credit/Corey Mansfield)

Daniel Murphy warming up (Photo Credit/Corey Mansfield)

Jon Niese walk to the bullpen (Photo Credit/Corey Mansfield)

"The Big Hurt" Frank Thomas was on hand (Photo Credit/Corey Mansfield)

Tyler Pastornicky works on taking ground balls (Photo Credit/Corey Mansfield)

Freddie Freeman and Dan Uggla (Photo Credit/Corey Mansfield)

Bartolo Colon and Jose Valverde shag balls (Photo Credit/Corey Mansfield)

Josh Satin (Photo Credit/Corey Mansfield)

Curtis Granderson stretching before the game (Photo Credit/Corey Mansfield)

Lucas Duda warmig up (Photo Credit/Corey Mansfield)

Ruben Tejada (Photo Credit/Corey Mansfield)

Murphy and Tejada (Photo Credit/Corey Mansfield)

Ruben Tejada (Photo Credit/Corey Mansfield)

The Captain (Photo Credit/Corey Mansfield)

B.J. Upton (Photo Credit/Corey Mansfield)


Coming in from the bullpen (Photo Credit/Corey Mansfield)
Jon Niese (Photo Credit/Corey Mansfield)

Andrelton Simmons (Photo Credit/Corey Mansfield)

Chris Johnson (Photo Credit/Corey Mansfield)

Freddie Freeman (Photo Credit/Corey Mansfield)

Jon Niese (Photo Credit/Corey Mansfield)

David Wright (Photo Credit/Corey Mansfield)

Eric Young Jr. tries to lay down a bunt (Photo Credit/Corey Mansfield)

Duda holding on Uggla (Photo Credit/Corey Mansfield)

Grandrson rips a deep fly ball (Photo Credit/Corey Mansfield)
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