I had taken a couple days off from the scouting reports, but I'll get back to it today covering the left side of the infield, starting with SS Jose Reyes.
Jose Reyes - #7
26 years old (turns 27 in June)
6'1" 200 pounds
8th major league season
Bats S/Throws R
The Good: When healthy, one of the most exciting players in baseball. Brings high energy to the field, as well as the fans. High fastball hitter, who generates very good bat speed and is a burner on the bases (60+ SB each year from 2005-2007, with 78 SB in 2007).As a shortstop, he has a cannon for an arm and has outstanding quickness and agility. Hit 19 triples in 2008 and Citi Field is built for his speed, which is referred to as "game changing". Shows equal power from both sides of the plate over his career (.429 Slug % Right handed; .148 isolated power, .452 Slug % Left handed; .150 isolated power)
The bad: Jose Reyes has been battered with injuries over the past year, from a torn calf, which cascaded into a torn hamstring which required surgery in the off-season. He appeared fully healthy until blood work at spring training has the team looking into potential thyroid problems. On the field, Reyes has very little weaknesses, besides occasionally losing focus on defense, and his defensive metrics have been inconsistent.
Role: Starting Shortstop as long as he stays healthy. Lead-off hitter, although Jerry Manuel is toying with the idea of hitting him 3rd until Carlos Beltran comes back.
Contract: In the last year of a guaranteed contract, and the Mets hold an 11 million club option for 2011.
My Projections: 700 at bats, 115 runs, 16 HR, 60 RBIs, 45 SB, .288/.360/.450
As a reference, major league shortstops bat aver./obp/slug % last year was: .272/.328/.393
The first position player we've previewed that is actually above league average!! Let's have a party!