We didnt send him down for 30 games last year? Say he stayed up and played and hit 4-5 hrs and drove in 15-20 runs. Low end : 19 hr 72 rbiHigh End: 20 hr 75 rbi
This looks like at least a decent stat line for an outfielder who should get better. Maybe we could of at least drawn more interest if he hit 20 and drove in over 70
How do you know he would have done that though?
Putting aside the HR/RBI it's these numbers that are so worrying:
.239 .329 .389
His SLG% is below .400 for goodness sake and he's supposed to be a power guy.
Personally, I think Hudgens messed him up, as well as Davis.
These guys are sluggers, and like to sit on THEIR pitches. Whether it's the first pitch fastball, or taking a pitcher deep. Those guys are NOT thinkers, and IMO Hudgens tried too hard to make these guy's "thinking hitters".As soon as Ike decided to NOT listen, and start swinging at first pitch strikes, his numbers improved.
I think Hudgens could do a great job with guys like Tejada, and Reyes, but these Mets don't need to keep the bat on their shoulders.
If Duda were a Designated Hitter or a first baseman, that would be fine. The problem is that he's probably the worst defensive outfielder in major league baseball. Or at least the one with the least range.
Hard to carry that with so-so offensive production.
How do you know he would not have bounced back sooner?
He hit .258 the first three months, Then fell off hitting .140 in 43 ABS in July, Then hit .211 in 19 Aug ABS and then back up to .239 in 67 Sept ABS and .250 again in 8 Oct ABS.
Clearly he had a slump and when he returned resumed hitting, Maybe he would have bounced back sonner had he not gone down?
Either way even if we take just what he did 15 Doubles, 15 HRS, 57 RBI and 43 Runs over 401 ABS and prpject them to 602 ABS (not factoring in any imrpovement) We still get 23 Doubles, 23 HRS, 86 RBI, 65 Runs.
I would sign for that from LF, It is a major improvement over what we got from Bay last year.
*He came around and so will Duda*
And you know this how?
he endured a little something called a sophomore slump.
Or maybe Major League Pitchers started exploiting his weaknesses and he couldn't adjust.
Because he is willing to work at it, He is slow but they can teach him to get better reads which will help alot and he is willing to put in the work, Also they are moving him to left where he has faired much better in his time there.
How do you know he wont?
A reason we sent him down
Everyone seem to forget that he also was absolutely horrible in Buffalo after being sent down.
"he endured a little something called a sophomore slump."
could be that.could also be the league figured him out.hope its the first one but well see.sophmore slumps def are not unheard of and happens to most.
*And so are the Mets, Scouts and most people with any talent evaluation skills*
And every scout except the Mets all also say he is a first baseman or a dh. NOT an outfielder.
And yet when he came up he was decent again, He has a grand total of 786 big league ABS, 150 came before he took over full time for Beltran So in 636 ABS as a full time starter he has 24 HRS, 74 runs, 38 Doubles and 100 RBI
So tell me you would not take 100 RBI, 74 runs, 24 HRS and 38 Goubles from LF?
"but for some reason"
The reasons are very clear - he was the worst defender in major league baseball last season and was poor offensively to boot. Kind of presents a major problem.