The Mets have parted ways with Kirk Nieuwenhuis, for now, as they designated him for assignment. He was out of options, as were the Mets, with using him and his non-existent ability to make contact off of the bench. While Kirk has shown the ability to hit, and hit for power in the past, he was stuck in an awful 3/38 skid at the plate. He does not have the type of bat that adjusts well to pinch hitting duties. Despite the need for his left handed bat and ability to handle all three outfield positions with an above average skill set, they couldn’t carry him any longer on a team that already struggles for offense on a nightly basis.
Darrell Ceciliani will be joining the Mets from Triple-A Las Vegas. He will take on the same role as Kirk on the bench, being a left handed bat off of the bench. Over the first 37 games in Vegas this season, Darrell has batted .336 with 5 home runs and 6 stolen bases. While most hitters have gaudy numbers in the hitter friendly confines of Las Vegas and the PCL in general, the Mets had to move on from Kirk at this point.