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    • IS DEN DEK READY TO BE OUR STARTING OF?
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  • 1/15/13
  • saztastic2012

He just turned 25 and had been killing the ball in AA .340/.397/.563 in 58 games in 2012 with then Even after getting the call to Buf continued but with a lower AVG,

He combined to hit .274 with 31 Doubles, 8 Triples and 17 HRS in 533 ABS.

Is he ready?

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  • 1/15/13
  • murphstates

He can catch the ball and has some pop, but you're looking at massive strike out numbers. He K'd 154 times in 585 ABs. His K rate in the minors is one per 3.5 ABs. That will go up against major league pitching.

He may be our best option, but he's flawed.

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  • 1/15/13
  • elsid1986
He cannot be considered ready until he shows he can cut down his strikeouts. 154 K's in less than 600 AB's won't cut it.

Edited 1/15/13   by  elsid1986
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  • 1/15/13
  • brianinwi

My guess is that if the Mets make a major acquisition, it's more likely to be for a corner outfielder rather than a centerfielder. With that in mind, if he has a decent spring, why not give the Opening Day CF job to Den Dekker?

What's the worst that could happen?

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  • 1/15/13
  • nym698641
No
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  • 1/15/13
  • brianinwi
I doubt Den Dekker by himself would be responsible for a majority of that, no matter how many times he strikes out.
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  • 1/15/13
  • MetObserver
K'ing isn't bad as long as when you put the ball in play you have a very good avg. Look at Dunn. He struck our 222 times last year but drove in 100+ runs with 40+ home runs and a very high OBP but a low batting average.
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  • 1/15/13
  • Kranesback
He may be our best option for 2013, but doubtful as a long term solution.
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  • 1/15/13
  • saztastic2012
Maybe but sometimes players strike out less in the majors then the minors, Yes there is better pitching but there is also better pitching.
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  • 1/15/13
  • saztastic2012
Well he has gotten an invite to major league camps so who knows but I think he could be given a shot even if it is just in ST.
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  • 1/15/13
  • saztastic2012
Agreed, He has to be better then Torres or Bay.
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  • 1/15/13
  • nym698641

He was invited to give him a taste and as a precaution to Kirk's foot not being ready for opening day. Other then that a kid with 154 k's with 34 BB's is not ready for MLB especially when you look at his AAA numbers not his AA numbers.

AAA numbers top line combined AAA and AA on the bottom.
.256 On Base at AAA 90 K's and 14 BB's not good and not ready for the show

INT .220 77 295 37 65 10 4 9 47 110 14 90 11 2 .256 .373 .629
Minors .274 135 533 84 146 31 8 17 76 244 34 154 21 9 .321 .458 .779

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  • 1/15/13
  • murphstates
Yeah, I doubt it. He'll be 26 in August and has one full season above A ball. Another lefthander too, Omar cornered the market on lefthanded marginal outfield prospects.
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  • 1/15/13
  • alfolerud
Why don't you want us to land a good OFer? Duda, MDD, Kirk, Cowgill et all just won't cut it.
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  • 1/15/13
  • Kranesback
If his defense and spped are as good as people here are saying, he could end up as our 5th outfielder for several years though.
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  • 1/15/13
  • alfolerud
Nothing about my post was inaccurate. These guys likely won't be anything other than career bench players. Your detachment from reality precludes you from accurate and objectively assessing my posts.
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