So I go on vacation and forget which password I assigned to log into this blog. So sorry for not posting when I said I’d post.
This will be the last outfield power ranking for the spring as things have pretty much settled themselves out. I will continue to do a weekly power ranking on Mondays after the season starts because I feel the situation is not going to stay the same for the rest of the year.
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) – He’ll be interesting to watch this year. Sometimes all a guy needs is a chance to play every day. Cowgill will get it.
2.Marlon Byrd (2)- I think Terry Collins likes the veteran presence and track record here. He may not get so long a rope though.
3. Lucas Duda (4) – Duda has gotten hot at the right time. He’s looked like a legitimate everyday outfielder over the past week. Nice to see the one guy we expected to be good finally be good.
4. Jordany Valdespin (3)- His versatility has meant the Mets will want to keep him on the bench, ready for a spot start somewhere on the infield or in the outfield.
5. Mike Baxter (5)- Baxter is on a very short leash. Like, if he doesn’t hit over the first few weeks, he might be simply cut.
6. Kirk Nieuwenhuis (8) – Finally healthy enough to swing a bat. He looks okay, and will get extended looks as the spring season closes, with the hope he’ll get back into shape. With all the injuries he may break camp with big team, but going to AAA or extended spring training might help him get his swing back.
7. Matt Den Dekker (6) – Busting his wrist writes off the slim hope he’ll make the club to start the season. However, this is a name I’d keep an eye out for during the in season power rankings. He could sneak his way into a job if he’d just strike out less and hit better.
8.Justin Turner (10) – He’s the starting second baseman until Murphy comes back. I don’t think he’ll see outfield time otherwise.
9. Zach Lutz, (-) – Lutz will be on the roster as a first/third baseman. He’ll play outfield in a pinch, or an extra innings game where there’s no other option
10. Nobody (-) – Woot, woot, outfield depth.
No changes today. The bottom few true outfielders have been edging close to the middle of the pack, but no one’s proved they can be better than Baxter was last year.