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Wednesday, October 13, 2010

State of the Mets, Infield 2010 Recap. Part 3 of 7

Yesterday I looked at the catchers, today I will tackle all of the infield positions.

The hyper links are the spring training scouting reports/more in-depth previews. I had looked at the players as of June 1st, so I will include that data as well as the final stats.


Overall, the Mets production from 1st base in 2010 was 11th in the National League.

I Davis
  • June 1st: 39 games, 34-132, 9 2B, 5 HR, 15 RBI, 22 BB, 39 Ks, .258/.365/.439 
  • Final: 147 games, 523 AB,19 HRs, 71 RBI, 72 BB, 138 Ks, .264/.351/.440
  • Was not on the 25-man roster to start the year and I didn't expect him to get this much playing time this quickly, but here were the previews: Ike Davis Era, BP, and K-Law when he got called up.
  • June 1st Commentary: He has struggled lately at the plate (.235 in May), but he has been better than advertised defensively (despite 3 errors). As a reference, here is the major league average for 1B last year: .276/.362/.483.
  • 1/3 of the season grade: B 
  • Final Grade: B. I know a lot of people will want Ike Davis to be graded higher because he's a rookie, but I'm basing it on the fact that he is merely a league average offensive first baseman. This year NL 1st baseman's stats were: .269/.354/.459. So league average approximately in batting average and OBP, and below average slugging. He was better than advertised on defense. 
2nd Base:
Overall, the Mets production from 2nd base in 2010 was worst in the National League.
L Castillo

  • June 1st: 43 games, 33-138, 0 HR, 22 BB, 8 Ks, 7 SB, .239/.340/.275
  • Final: 86 games, 247 AB, 0 HR, 17 RBIs, 8 SB, .235/.337/.267
  • My Projections: 550 AB, 2 HRs, 35 RBIs, 15 SB, .280/.365/.340
  • June 1st Commentary: He's struggling to stay healthy and is battling heel pain on both feet. He turns a great double play, but has minimal range on defense. As a reference, MLB 2nd baseman hit: .271/.336/.417
  • 1/3 of the season grade: C+ 
  • Final Grade: D-. He couldn't stay healthy and didn't want to be apart of the team when he lost playing time. He still has 6 million dollars owed to him next year.
A Cora

  • June 1st: 30 games, 17-78, 4 extra base hits, 0 HRs, 1 SB, .218/.303/.282
  • Final Stats: 62 games, 169 AB, 0 HR, 20 RBI, 4 SB, .207/.265/.278
  • My Projection: 150 at bats (hopefully thats all), 1 HR, 12 RBIs, 3 SB, .245/.320/.330
  • June 1st Commentary: He is well on his way to get his 2011 option vested for 2 million dollars. As you can see he provides negative value offensively, and has minimal range defensively. But don't forget he's a consummate professional and good for the clubhouse...
  • 1/3 of the season grade: C- 
  • Final Grade: D-. At Least he didn't get his option vested and was released.
Ruben Tejada and Luis Hernandez will be covered on the bench players for those concerned.
Overall, the Mets production from SS in 2010 was 5th in the National League (we are finally above league average at one position!)
J Reyes

  • June 1st: 48 games, 53-205, 4 3B, 1 HR, 21 RBIs, 12 SB, .259/.301/.361
  • Final: 133 games, 563 AB, 83 Runs, 11 HR, 54 RBIs, 30 SB, .282/.321/.428
  • My Projection: 700 at bats, 115 runs, 16 HR, 60 RBIs, 45 SB, .288/.360/.450
  • June 1st Commentary: He really struggled to find his swing and it didn't help he changed his approach when he was hitting 3rd in the line-up. He is finally showing signs of life as of late (9 game hitting streak to end May, 7 of which was multi-hit games).
  • 1/3 of the season grade: B-
  • Final Grade: C+. .321 OBP for a "premier lead-off hitter" is terrible. As a reference, league average this year for NL SS was .266/.325/.388.
3rd Base:
Overall, the Mets production from 3B in 2010 was 4th in the National League (behind the Nationals, Reds and Braves)

D Wright 

  • June 1st: 51 games, 47-182, 22 extra-base hits, 8 HRs, 34 RBIs, 9 SB, .258/.364/.473
  • Final: 157 games, 587 AB, 87 R, 29 HR, 103 RBI, 19 SB (but 11 CS), 161 Ks .283/.354/.503
  • My projections: 700 plate appearance, 105 R, 28 HR, 110 RBIs, 25 SB, .315/.400/.520
  • June 1st Commentary: He started out the year well, but since May 7th, he's only hit .204 versus fastball. He has 65 strike outs to 32 walks. He is still on pace for around 25 HR and 100 RBIs.
  • 1/3 of the season grade: B
  • Final Grade: B. Yes his strike out rate is concerning, but his power returned. I'm disappointed in his SB/CS %. Coming into this year it was 79%, but that dropped to 63% this year, and at that rate it isn't worth the risk/reward.

2011 Starting Infield (I can dream):
1B: Prince Fielder (Ike and Niese for Prince, and we sign him to a contract extension)
2B: Orlando Hudson (Free Agent coming off a 1-year 5 million contract with Minn)
SS: Jose Reyes
3B: David Wright

Reality 2011 Starting Infield:
1B: I Davis
2B: R Tejada
SS: J Reyes
3B: D Wright

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