Is Neil Kozikowski going from Pirates to Mets?

Matthew Cerrone, Lead Writer

In what might be the worst kept secret in the game, baseball insiders all seem think the Mets will acquire 19-year-old RHP prospect Neil Kozikowski as the player to be named later from May’s Ike Davis deal with the Pirates.

Screen shot 2014-06-09 at 11.37.08 AMKosikowski was drafted with Pittsburgh’s eighth-round pick last summer. He can’t officially be moved to the Mets until June 21, 2014, which will be one year after he signed his first contract.

I’ve heard the Mets had interest in drafting Kozikowski, who is from Connecticut. I’m told by people who’ve watched him that he’s tall and lanky, he has a nice curve ball, and slings a low 90s fastball, while showing a unique command of the strike zone for his age.

In 24 innings in the Gulf Coast League after being drafted, he had a 2.63 ERA in 24 innings. He walked just three batters.

He has yet to pitch in 2014, spending time in extended Spring Training, which is another strong indication he’s the guy getting moved to complete the Davis deal.




193 comments
Son of Harley
Son of Harley

Blake Taylor. So much for "worst kept secret." Solid move.

Mohit Bhalodkar
Mohit Bhalodkar

its Blake Taylor, the pirates second round pick last year

Daniel Burnard
Daniel Burnard

It is just another case of the front office white washing the situation and maybe Matt still believes a word they say. If that's true though then he is the only one. The Wilpons have always been involved with shady doings and I cant remember even one time where they were honest with the fan base. They should hire Micheal J Fox to replace Sandy for spin city 2. Having said all that lets be honest getting anything back for Ike who the mets turned down trades for over and over as usual until everyone in the world seen how much he lost except for the pirates isn't bad. If you should be upset about anything it should be that we held on to him for 3 years longer then we should have and drove his value in the ground. Which is nothing new the Mets have a history of bringing up guys and waiting until all there weaknesses are exposed until they try to trade them.

Bryan McEntee
Bryan McEntee

For months all we kept hearing in post after post is how the Pirates were going to give up a top outfield prospect, perhaps even last years #1 pick. It never made much sense to me but Matt kept putting it out there post after post. Now were getting a 19 year old pitcher. This type of player is exactly what you'd expect to get back for a player like Davis. So what was Matt's deal? Why did he tell us Jacoby Jones or Austin Meadows for the last two months? Trying to create traffic to his site?

hankypanky
hankypanky

What a downer, considering the high-flying speculation that came from this blog recently.

Kenneth Meltsner
Kenneth Meltsner

Didn't the '62 Mets once trade for a player to be named later, who was the guy they traded-away in the first place? Anyway, if this guy has a pulse he'll fit right in.

Richard Jones
Richard Jones

Don't believe this article.

Most high school players selected last year have not pitched in a game. Andrew Church for instance. Should we assume the Mets are trading him. Most players with similar profiles will be on short season teams. Anyone who writes about baseball for a living should know better.
What baseball insiders? Mr. Cerrone is the first to mention his name. Is he referring to himself as most baseball insiders?
Mets are off Mr. Cerrone had to write about something. When there's no news invent something.

04doctored14
04doctored14

If true, depressing news--another con job by SA;  if he had resigned Byrd and Hawkins for relative pennies compared to the monies spent on Granderson and C. Young, we might be close to 1st place in a weak division.  

Nick Squatrito
Nick Squatrito

I thought we were getting back a "significant" player? More lies

eric88
eric88

can't put any credence into anything the Mets say. Lying is an operational strategy of the Wilpons.

eric88
eric88

The Mets said significant to maintain fan interest. As you know almost anything coming from the Mets turns out to be untrue. You can't put anyC

flmetsfan
flmetsfan

"In 24 innings in the Gulf Coast League after being drafted, he had a 2.63 ERA in 24 innings. He walked just three batters."  Besides mentioning "24 innings" twice in the same sentence, there was no reference to his other stats.

He only struck out 13 batters in those 24 innings, so he "pitches to contact".  So much contact that he has given up 24 hits in those 24 innings.

Peter Gammons has an unusual concept of "significant".

George Komninakis
George Komninakis

Sandy still doesn't get it.  We Met fans could careless who we are getting from the Pirates. We only care about Collins being fired.  

mike23
mike23

They couldn't have gotten someone a little closer to helping the major league team, I mean I don't know very much about this guy but at 19 he would seem to be at the very least two or three plus years away and even than what kind of help will he provide. I've read that the pickup was going to be a significant addition and don't see how this would equal that. 


No excitement if this is who they get to complete deal, mets aren't doing many things right for the last six years so no surprises either. Step up Wilpons/Sandy, your losing any remaining fan support for the sixth year in a row. 

dave42
dave42

Duda and Matz to the Rangers for Profar.  Who says no?

Kevin VanTassell
Kevin VanTassell

Is this the same Ike Davis who is "being rested" the next couple days "to work on things" and is 3 for his last 33?

Ben Davidoff
Ben Davidoff

This would be a really poor return for Ike Davis. Not only is this player very far from the major leagues, but we really need to add hitter. JaCoby Jones has actually exclusively played at SS this year though Mets Blog keeps calling him an outfielder. He is hitting well in single A...it would be nice if we got him instead of this guy.

Chris M
Chris M

Kozikowski signed for 425,000... Relatively significant

specialk
specialk

@Nick Squatrito And of course all of you baseball insider geniuses know how good a player this kid is right? Seriously, what prospect would have been acceptable? Only their top outfield prospect? For a 1st baseman with holes in his bat everywhere? I wonder if people even read the posts before they start trashing it

Kevin VanTassell
Kevin VanTassell

Mets never said that, all Alderson said was that he was happy with the trade, and with what Ike Davis is, 27 hitting .244 with 4 homeruns 19 RBI, (he's had two grand slams, so with the other 154 ab he's produced 2 hr and 11 RBI)and making $3.5 million, getting two breathing players is good.

Joe Weiskopf
Joe Weiskopf

The Mets never said "significant" player.

Jayson Love
Jayson Love

@George Komninakis dont really care about that either.  I care about having actual major leaguers in the lineup which at this point, we have about 3 in the starting 8

Rich
Rich

@dave42 Duda is the equivalent to a floor mat

theglider
theglider

But remember that he was a star for the Mets. He must have been based on these comments.

Rich
Rich

@Ben Davidoff Did you not see Davis play?  A deck of cards would have been a good return for him.

Brian McCarthy
Brian McCarthy

I was looking at him last week.He has pop, but is still in Sally league at 24.That's league under St.Lucie.Plus he plays ss not well and of.He can hit.Just saying he isn't moving to quick for someone out of coll.

Bryan McEntee
Bryan McEntee

@jenkins @Bryan McEntee They probably just copied what Cerrone was reporting

Bryan McEntee
Bryan McEntee

@specialk @Nick Squatrito Every post about this trade for the last two months said we were getting back a top tier outfield prospect. I rolled my eyes but Cerrone kept repeating it time and again

cactus
cactus

@Joe Weiskopf actually heyman reported "fairly significant" per his mets front office source.

Ben Davidoff
Ben Davidoff

@theglider No idea, but his name was rumored to be one of the prospects. In fact this post is based off of Adam Rubin's suggestion (though it is not sourced here) that Kozikowski is the prospect. In Rubin's post he mentions Jones as alternative option.

Jayson Love
Jayson Love

@George Komninakis @Jayson Love I understand your frustration with the manager but I highly doubt that.  Nowadays with all the computerized information and advanced scouting and formulas and mega salaries and multyear contracts, what does a good manager really do?

They cant strike fear or motivate their team.  I agree it seems as if many of TC's decisions appear to be blunders lately but dont you think that a lot of that is the players?  I mean if I bring in my situational lefty to get an out in a big spot and it's Pedro Feliciano circa-2006 He'd probably make me look great.  But if Ive been saddled with Scott Rice and freakin' Edgin, Id look like I made a mistake.  If my multi-inning reliever was Dellin Betances, id look great, but TC's is Carlos Torres.  If I could pinch hit Marlon Anderson routinely, or Matt Franco (or even an in his primeJulio FRanco) id look good, but we have a 40 yr ld Bobby Abreu.  If i could run out a lineup of Reyes, Loduca, Beltran, Degado, wright, et al, i think id win games, but TC has MUrphy and Wright and a bunch of stiffs

theglider
theglider

So we don't know if he was ever an option

Ben Davidoff
Ben Davidoff

@theglider No we don't, but he was mentioned in the same report by Rubin as Kozikowski was. Probably has just as much likelihood to be traded as Kozikowski. Often with PTBNL deals there is a list of agreed upon players that teams later choose from (usually the team receiving the prospect but not always it depends on how the deal is structured.) I much prefer the position player over the pitcher but we will see.