For those of us that were dreaming of some offensive production at first base this season, that dream just died a little today. Ike Davis was cut from the major league camp and sent to work out with the minor league players. He’ll start the season at Triple-A Buffalo but it shouldn’t be long before he shows up in Queens.
Davis was asked by reporters if he was holding out hope of making the big league club. From the Daily News:
“Of course,” he said, “that’s your dream as a baseball player. But it’s not right for right now. Hopefully someday it will be. Just to know that I’m not far behind is pretty comforting. To see your goal is not that far away is pretty cool.”
For those of you that are regular readers, you know how down I’ve been on Daniel Murphy as a full-time first baseman. I’ll be one of a million fans screaming if Murphy is hitting .260 with 2 HR’s at the end of April, and Davis is still tearing it up in Buffalo.
I won’t go crazy about a young guy like Davis starting the season in the minors right now. But if it looks like he’s the Mets’ organization’s best first baseman at the end of April, I’ll be calling for the early hook on Murphy. And I get the feeling that I won’t be the only fan beating the drum for Davis.