September 8, 2004 Well I hope we don't have another Jorge Toca on our hands! This guy has yet to get a hit and has looked overmatched at the plate while doing it.
September 27, 2004 He sure didn't look overmatched in the 11th inning of that thrilling Mets/Cubs matchup at Shea on 25 September. Man, what a shot!
Brazell reminds me of Eric Byrnes of the Oakland A's—a raw, gangly galoot with a lot of power. I like that he has a quick bat and I like how he tries to adjust his plate approach to a pitcher's strike zone.
We Mets fans sometimes have a tendency to write off or embrace rookies immediately. Let's see what Craig does during an extended period of time before we pass judgement.
September 30, 2004 Craig is considered a big prospect. He was a Sterling Award winner both at Cap City and St Lucie. His Dad is a former minor leaguer with Detroit and his mom was a Silver Bullet Ladies baseball player. He's got it in his blood. Let's keep our fingers crossed on this guy and hope Howe can get him in there more.
September 30, 2004 Nice extra inning dinger against the Cubs to complete the come from behind win after Victor Diaz tied it in the 9th. Now, it's time to trade him for something good. Some guys get traded way too early- like Kazmir- other guys get held onto way too long- like Pat Strange. A blue chipper like Kazmir never should have been traded but Brazell, who will probably never be more than mediocre, could be a good chip to trade in the right deal before he turns into Jorge Toca. He's a top prospect, but not a blue chipper like David Wright that should be held onto. The Mets never seem to have a knack at trading or keeping a prospect at the right time.
November 6, 2006 I was at that game when he hit that game-winning walk- off home run to beat the Cubs. I was so happy. It was the first walk-off homer I'd ever seen at Shea at my first extra-inning game! That was awesome! I always thought that Brazell was the future at first base for the Mets and that Victor Diaz was the future in right field. I guess I was wrong.
September 2, 2008 I saw him play on the Binghamton Mets and he had the swing of an angel. The smooth flowing cut of a Keith Hernandez or Dave Magadan. Unlike Keith or Mags, I guess Brazell couldn't hit the breaking ball and didn't make it in the bigs for more than a cup of coffee.