Mets call Andrew Brown up, send Collin Cowgill down

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The Mets have selected the contract of Andrew Brown from Las Vegas, the team announced.

Brown is hitting .367 with a 1.062 OPS, two home runs and 27 RBIs in 98 at-bats with Triple-A Las Vegas. He is riding an 11-game hitting streak with the Las Vegas 51s, where he’s hit .391 with 16 RBI, and five multi-hit games.

The team optioned Collin Cowgill to Triple-A. Cowgill hit only .157 with a .467 OPS with two home runs and eight RBI over 51 at-bats. He walked only once this season.

Brown appeared in 46 games with the Colorado Rockies in 2012, hitting .232 with five home runs and 11 RBI.

Matthew Cerrone, Lead Writer

 I hope this doesn’t surprise you. This is the nature of this outfield. This guy? Nope, next. That guy? Nope, next. And round and round it will (and should) go until something sticks.

In early March, at the start of spring training games, I wrote: “I love Cowgill’s story, and it would be fun if he is good. But, let’s not go crazy. I see people comparing Cowgill to Dykstra. However, to make a real difference, Cowgill would need to be the 1990 Phillies version of Dykstra, and there is no evidence to suggest that is even close to possible.”

Turns out, he did even less. He’s a cool guy and he plays hard, and I respect that, but he had the worst platoon splits of anyone in the outfield and this team needs production.

Is Brown the guy? I don’t know. He’s 28, hits lefties and plays all three outfield spots. So, he’s clearly needed.

Michael Baron, Contributor

The Mets are hoping Brown provides the “lightning in a bottle” they’re so desperately seeking. Brown isn’t a good defensive outfielder, but I wonder if they plan to use Brown against left-handed pitching at first base — he has played 239 games at first in his minor league career — especially since Ike Davis hasn’t shown much against southpaws this season.