The Mets have promoted 1B/C Mike Jacobs from AA Binghamton to the Major Leagues. Jacobs, who has a 22-game hit streak in the Eastern League, got the call today and is en route to Shea from Portland, Maine.
The lefty slugger who turns 25 the day before Halloween hit .321 with 25 HR and 92 RBI for Binghamton, splitting time between first base and catcher. In recent weeks Jacobs has been catching a lot more.
The Mets' organization Player of the Year in 2003 after posting numbers of .329, 17 HR and 81 RBI, Jacobs was slated to start the 2004 as Norfolk's starting catcher. After only a handful of games there, he was sidelined with a partially torn labrum and missed most of the year.
Near the end of spring training this year, he was somewhat surprised to learn he'd be returning to Binghamton to play first base — as the team wanted him to get experience there, in part to protect his shoulder. That lasted until July when the organization moved slugger Brett Harper up from St. Lucie, who became the starting first baseman, with Jacobs taking over full-time duty again at catcher.
The move is curious — if only because the Mets have a current hole at first with Doug Mientkiewicz recovering from a bruised back — and may have an opening at catcher next season with Mike Piazza's contract expiring after this year. There was no word on who would be moved from the roster.
All Jacobs knows is this; he's going to the big leagues.
"They just told me to be ready." Jacobs told Gotham Baseball. "I don't care what they want me to do, I'm just so excited to get the opportunity.
It's about time.
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