Nick Plummer: The First Mets Player to HR In Each of His First Two Career Starts (2022)
Nicholas Raymond Plummer was born July 31st, 1996, in Lathrup Michigan. The five-foot ten outfielder, bats left handed & throws righthanded. He was selected by the St. Louis Cardinals in the first round of the 2015 amateur draft, the 23rd overall pick.
Plummer would miss the entire 2016 season due to a wrist injury. He returned having a miserable 2017 where he batted just .198 in 92 games. His next years were just as bad at the plate, he batted .205 in 2018 & then .176 in 2019. Then came the Covid-19 season where he did not play at all.
At the end of the season, after not being promoted to the Cardinals big league club, he elected free agency. On November 24th, he was signed by the New York Mets.
Mets Career: On April 15th, he made his Mets MLB debut as a defensive replacement. The next night he got his first at bat as a 7th inning pinch hitter lining out. He would get sent back down to AAA then returned on May 28th, finishing a game as a defensive replacement.
The next night, he started in left field. After mis playing a ball in the 3rd inning, allowing Odubel Herrera to reach with a double he redeemed himself later.
The next night he set his own franchise record, when he homered off the Nationals Austin Voth, in the 4th inning of the Mets 13-5 win. Plummer became the first Mets player to HR in each of his first two career starts.Plummer cooled off after that going hitless in his next seven games, thru June15th.
On June 16th, his 8th inning fielders choice on a wacky play, scored Starling Marte who was pinch running at third base. The run proved to be the game winning run. In the top of the 9th he had an outfield assist throwing to Pete Alonso who threw to Tonas Nido nailing Hunter Renfro who was trying to score.
After going 0-3 in Miami, Plummer was sent back down to AAA Syracuse. At the big league level, he was batting .138 with 2 HRs & 6 RBIs.