By Jerry Del Priore
With Michael Conforto headed to the disabled list to start the season, utility infielder Phillip Evans has made the New York Mets’ opening day 25-man roster, the team announced yesterday.
The former Cyclone played six positions, including catcher, in camp with the Mets, and he hit .261 with two long balls, and produced solid .382 OBP and .838 OPS numbers.
The 25-year-old had a 19-game audition with New York last season, lining a .303 average with two two-baggers and an RBI to go along with an impressive .395 OBP and .758 OPS in 33 affairs.
Evans will be part of a five-man bench crew, and the third infielder behind Wilmer Flores and Jose Reyes, per club reports. A versatile, hard-nosed player, he can man the second, shortstop and third base positions.
Evans, a 15th round selection of the Mets in the 2011 MLB amateur draft, spent two games with Brooklyn in 2011. The Californian played 73 more tilts with the Cyclones in 2012, batting .252 with five home runs, 29 RBI, eight doubles and a triple in 294 at-bats.