Community Projection Review: Mike Baxter

Mike Stobe

Did Mike Baxter live up to expectations in 2013? Let's look back at the Amazin' Avenue community's preseason projections to find out.

Mike Baxter community projection

PA: 391
HR: 9
BA: .264
OBP: .352
SLG: .403

Actual stats

PA: 155
HR: 0
BA: .189
OBP: .303
SLG: .250

Snippet from community projection post:

Baxter's package of patience, doubles power, and strong defense could mean that he will be the Mets' best outfielder in 2013.

----

Baxter's big-league success at the plate (111 OPS+) has come in a small sample (260 plate appearances), and I suppose that's my most significant area of concern. Will he be exposed with more playing time?

So things didn't go so well for our beloved Baxter this season. The community missed, big time.

With the emergence of Marlon Byrd, and eventually Eric Young Jr., Baxter didn't play much. He started just 28 games and appeared in only 46. One could make a case that he should have had more of a chance, considering his strong 2012 season, but he certainly did not distinguish himself on the field in 2013. He never got anything going at the plate, and he was a mess defensively. The latter was a surprise, considering his strong, if unspectacular, defense in past seasons.

In a brief highlight reel of Baxter's season, his two game-winning pinch hits over a span of three games in May would be featured. The first beat the White Sox in the bottom of the tenth inning on May 7th; that was the Matt Harvey nine-innings, one baserunner game. The second beat the Pirates in the bottom of the ninth inning on May 9th.

Baxter spent most of June and July at Triple-A Vegas and continued to struggle for the big club when called back up in August and September. His time with the Mets ended when the Dodgers claimed him off waivers in October. Still, we'll always have this:

Mikebaxtercatch_medium

Farewell, Whitestone Mike.

Check back in February to participate in the 2014 Community Projections.

X
Log In Sign Up

forgot?
Log In Sign Up

Please choose a new SB Nation username and password

As part of the new SB Nation launch, prior users will need to choose a permanent username, along with a new password.

Your username will be used to login to SB Nation going forward.

I already have a Vox Media account!

Verify Vox Media account

Please login to your Vox Media account. This account will be linked to your previously existing Eater account.

Please choose a new SB Nation username and password

As part of the new SB Nation launch, prior MT authors will need to choose a new username and password.

Your username will be used to login to SB Nation going forward.

Forgot password?

We'll email you a reset link.

If you signed up using a 3rd party account like Facebook or Twitter, please login with it instead.

Forgot password?

Try another email?

Almost done,

By becoming a registered user, you are also agreeing to our Terms and confirming that you have read our Privacy Policy.

Join Amazin' Avenue

You must be a member of Amazin' Avenue to participate.

We have our own Community Guidelines at Amazin' Avenue. You should read them.

Join Amazin' Avenue

You must be a member of Amazin' Avenue to participate.

We have our own Community Guidelines at Amazin' Avenue. You should read them.

Spinner.vc97ec6e

Authenticating

Great!

Choose an available username to complete sign up.

In order to provide our users with a better overall experience, we ask for more information from Facebook when using it to login so that we can learn more about our audience and provide you with the best possible experience. We do not store specific user data and the sharing of it is not required to login with Facebook.

tracking_pixel_9351_tracker