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Update: Mets Travis Taijeron Called Up To the Bigs

Update: August 26 – 1:45 PM

After Yoenis Cespedes limped off the field with an injury on Friday night against the Washington Nationals, a buzz started up all over the internet as it was being reported as I did below that Las Vegas 51s outfielder Travis Taijeron was scratched from the lineup and possibily on his way to DC to meet the big club.

Well it has become official, Taijeron will suit up for the Mets against the Nationals on Saturday afternoon and bat seventh and play right field.

Congrats to Travis Taijeron and enjoy the moment, you truly deserve it.

Grand Slam New York

Original Post: August 25

Looking back at the 2011 New York Mets June Amateur draft, you will probably see some familiar names, as five of the guys from that draft year are now on the Mets big league roster or have been sometime this season. Eight other draftees are making their presence known in the show as well. Out the 13 that have made it, there is still one more guy that I feel deserves to get his shot.

Travis Taijeron was a member of that class and with this being his last season with the organization, one would think that he too would get his opportunity to debut.

Taijeron was drafted #18 and moved through the system starting out in Low-A ball in 2011, to reaching High-A in 2012.  In 2013, Taijeron started the season with High-A St Lucie Mets and batted .303, with 20 doubles, nine home runs and 27 RBIs in 55 games. He was then promoted to the Double-A Binghamton Mets and in 65 games he had 18 doubles, 14 home runs and drove in 42 RBIs.

In 2014, the California native played the full season in Double-A with the B-Mets and hit 30 doubles, with 15 home runs, and 48 RBIs.

With Taijeron quickly making a name for himself with his power bat, he was promoted to Triple-A with the Las Vegas 51s for the 2015 season and batted .274, with 22 doubles, 25 home runs, and 71 RBIs.

The 2016 started out with Taijeron being invited to his first big league camp as a non-roster invitee and in 20 games he batted .366, with two home runs and 11 RBIs. When he returned to Las Vegas for the Triple-A season, he upped his batting average by one point from the prior season, finishing .275, with 42 doubles, five triples, 19 home runs and 88 RBIs.

This season, Taijeron was invited back to big league camp and it propelled him to another monster season as he is currently batting .272, with 32 doubles, three Triples, 25 home runs, and 78 RBIs.

There is no doubt that Taijeron deserves an opportunity to play on the big club, because their isn’t anything else to prove in the minors. His opportunity should be this season, especially with the rash of injuries the Mets have had that has depleted their everyday lineup.

But there may be a shining light of hope as the Mets announcers spoke about Taijeron during Friday’s game against the Nats as they stated that Taijeron was scratched from the 51s game tonight, which may mean a promotion to the big club.

As we wait for an official mention from the Mets, we hold on to hope that Travis Taijeron will finally get the opportunity to live out his dream.  And what better time then the Players Weekend where players remember their journey to the bigs.

Travis Taijeron Minor League Accomplishments

MiLB Organizational All-Star: 2011, 2013, 2015, 2016

Mid-Season All Star: 2011 (Brooklyn), 2012 (Savannah), 2015 & 2016 (Las Vegas)

PCL Triple-A All Star Game Top Star: 2016 (Las Vegas)

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