Every weekday I’ll post an updated power ranking for the Mets outfield. The theory is that the top three would be starters (or share a platoon) and the next two would likely make the roster. An additional five candidates round out the list. (And yes there were 10 players who might have had a shot of playing in the outfield)
1. Collin Cowgill (1) – Played the whole game in center today, and had a hit and a run. I’d say they believe in him by now.
2.Marlon Byrd (2)- Byrd didn’t play today.
3. Jordany Valdespin (3) – Spin had a hit in a full day’s worth of at bats at second base. The fact that Daniel Murphy isn’t back yet, and Spin is basically the only second baseman left is the reason I didn’t move him up. If it weren’t for the fact he’s still doing okay, I may have moved him down.
4. Lucas Duda (4)- Duda hit a bomb today. That was good enough for management, and they pulled him after 3 plate appearances (he also had a walk).
5. Mike Baxter (5)- They are trying so hard to get him out of his slump, but he’s not responding. Past the home-town hero veneer is he really a just a AAAA player? Or maybe he’s not as focused with the loss of his mentor and former high school coach.
6. Matt Den Dekker (6) – den Dekker got the day off today with Cowgill going the distance.
7. Jamie Hoffmann (8) – They just keep giving him at bats, and, to tell the truth, he’s responded better than Baxter.
8. Kirk Nieuwenhuis (7) – This is mostly a procedural bump. Some of the lesser candidates are starting to hit a little better and Kirk is still far away from minor league games it seems.
9. Andrew Brown (-) – Brown has found a little more success with the bat recently. It may be a little, far too late, but at least he’s not going quietly.
Out: Zach Lutz, Lutz played first today and added two more hits. I’m ready to see what this kid has, and the best way for that to happen is to take Wright’s spot if he goes to the DL. So I think his value as an outfielder has greatly dropped.
Cut: Cesar Puello and Juan Lagares
Sorry Mets fans, no Brennan Boesch. He was signed by the Yankees. It was as I expected; he was snapped up by someone hungrier than we were, and someone who wouldn’t make him their highest paid outfielder by giving him $1.5 million (not including Jason Bay). Let that sink in. Our projected starting outfield, currently, wouldn’t make that much. That’s either really a cheapskate move, or really savvy shopping.