Mike Nickeas made his major league debut last September, six years after the Texas Rangers chose him in the fifth round of the 2004 amateur draft.
Nickeas was born in Vancouver, Canada, while his father was playing for the Vancouver Whitecaps of the North American Soccer League. He grew up in California, graduating from Westlake High School in Westlake Village.
Nickeas spent four years in the minors for the Mets before earning a September callup last year to provide some catching depth. He made his major league debut on Sept. 4th, catching Jenrry Mejia in his first major league start. He came on as a defensive replacement two days later, but didn’t really get another shot until the last week of the season.
2011 Topps Series 2 Baseball Cards started showing up at retail stores this week, and yesterday I picked up a $20 box of them from Target. I did better than usual at picking a box with Mets in it.
First up is a rather “artsy” Carlos Beltran card. For some reason, I thought Beltran had been in the first series, so I wasn’t looking for him here. I’m not really crazy about the photo of a guy in a black “Beltran 15” jersey taking a swing.
So far this September, we’ve seen two players make their Mets debuts. Another is likely to make his first appearance today.
Lucas Duda became the 892nd Mets player on Sept. 1. He played left field and batted seventh in a game that the Mets lost 4-1 to the Atlanta Braves. Duda went 0-for-3, but made a few nice defensive plays before leaving the game with leg cramps.
Duda got his first major league hit on Sept. 3 in a game that the Mets lost 7-6 to the Chicago Cubs. Duda’s sixth inning double off Randy Wells drove in Angel Pagan to tie the score at 4-4. If the Mets had gone on to win the game, I’m sure Mets fans everywhere would be talking about Duda. Instead, I’m looking ahead to Jenrry Mejia’s start today while others are already thinking about next year.