The last time we heard from Jordany Valdespin, the confident young free swinger was telling us that he was the man.
“I am the man right now,” was the exact way he phrased it.
Considering the options the Mets have at the three outfield positions, the exuberant Valdespin may have been right. The closest thing the Mets have to an everyday outfielder is Lucas Duda who was handed the left field spot coming into camp. The problem is, Duda couldn’t even hit enough to stay in the majors the entire season last year, and it’s hitting that’s supposed to be his strong point. To say he’s a serviceable defender is being generous.
The other outfield candidates in camp are Kirk Nieuwenhuis, Marlon Byrd, who is coming off a 50-game PED suspension, and Mike Baxter, who will likely be part of a right field platoon with the 5’-9” Colin Cowgill. To suggest that those same outfielders could as easily be playing for the Mets AAA affiliate in Buffalo isn’t a stretch. In fact some were recently there and may ultimately go back.
With Daniel Murphy looking more and more like he’s not going to be ready to start the season, Valdespin will likely start out as the team’s second basemen for the time being. When Murphy is back, don’t be surprised if before too long he forces his way into a starting outfield position. He’s a free swinger, who often looks foolish at the plate, but many of those foolish moments have been followed by thumping hits. He’s cocky, undisciplined and raw, but he’s clearly the best athlete of the bunch.
As I suggested in this morning’s Daily Fantasy Update, you may want to take a flyer on him in your Fantasy league…
Having a bad day? At least you weren’t traded by your team for nothing…