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The New York Mets acquired J.D. Davis and minor leaguer infielder Cody Bohanek from the Houston Astros this past offseason in exchange for minor league outfielder Ross Adolph, infielder Luis Santana, and catcher Scott Manea. Many believed the Mets gave up too much for Davis at the time of the trade since he was still unproven and hadn’t hit at the major league level. Boy, things have changed.
Now in early Septemeber, Davis is a huge reason the Mets are still in a playoff hunt. There is no denying he has worked out for the best this year for the Mets. What about everyone else in this deal?
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The guy that probably gets talked about the least in the trade is Cody Bohanek. Bohanek was the other player the Mets acquired from the Astros and gets shadowed because Davis was the headline. Bohanek is a 24-year-old infielder who reached AAA ball with the Astros last year. This year he has split time between A+ and AA ball in the Mets system.
This year Bohanek has played in 107 games in the minors, accumulating 328 at-bats and has hit .226, with a .340 OBP, and a .329 slugging percentage. He has 5 home runs, 24 RBI, and 12 stolen bases while being caught 11 times. He also has 115 strikeouts, which is an average of at least one a game.
Bohanek is clearly not a great hitter with a .226 average, but he does get on base at a decent clip at .340, over a hundred points higher than his batting average which is good. If he can bring his average up just a bit and keep his OBP around the 100 points higher than his average like he has, that would be great.
He does seem to have a little bit of speed since he has stolen 12 bases despite getting caught 11 times. If he can work on his baserunning he could be a sneaky stolen base guy. He is 24 so he does have time to grow and get better.
One of the guys that we sent to Houston is 22-year-old outfielder Ross Adolph. Adolph played A- ball last year with the Mets and has split time this between A ball and A+ ball in the Astros system this season.
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Adolph has played in 114 games this year between A and A+ ball. He has had 382 at-bats and has hit a combined .228, with a .357 OBP, and a .366 slugging percentage. He has 7 home runs, 40 RBI, along with 6 triples and 11 stolen bases in 20 attempts. Adolph has also struck out 142 times which is more than once a game.
Adolph has very limited time in the minors and is still very young so it is hard to see what he can truly be. He did have very good statistics in college and A ball last year with the Mets. He shows signs of decent power and speed with pretty good XBH hit numbers and stolen bases. At still such a young age, Adolph has a lot of time to develop.
Another one of the players sent to Houston in the trade is 20-year-old infielder Luis Santana. Santana spent last season in Rookie ball with the Mets. This year he has split time between Single-A and Double-A in the Astros system.
Santana has played in 70 games this year and has accumulated 222 at-bats this season between the two leagues and has slashed .257, 337, .329. He has collected 2 long balls and 17 RBI with 4 stolen bases in 6 attempts. Santana has only struck out 33 times which is good for about one every other game.
In somewhat limited time in the minors at such a young age Santana has shown some good signs. He has good bat-to-ball skills with limited strikeouts, which is great at a young age and a decent batting average. At such a young age it is hard to see what Santana will be like in a few years, but he does have good aspects of his game at a very young age which is a good sign.
The last player sent to the Astros in the trade is 23-year-old catcher Scott Manea. He spent last season in A ball for the Mets. This season he has played in A+ ball for the Astros.
This season in the Astros organization Manea has appeared in 102 games with 328 at-bats and has hit .235, .347, .387. He has also smacked 12 home runs, 49 RBI, and 12 doubles. He has struck out 83 times which is just under 1 a game for the season.
Manea is hitting right where his career average for AVG, OBP, and SLG has been in the minors so he stayed consistent in his few years playing. He has developed more power over the last 2 years with 12 home runs in each season and never hitting more than 1 in his previous seasons. Manea could develop into a decent hitting catcher, his average is a little low, but he gets on base and has a little bit of pop which is good for a guy behind the plate.