**David Wright Taking BP at Spring Training**
Written By: Matt Vereb
So far in our series, we have covered New York Pitchers and the Yankees two best hitters. Today, we focus on the big bats from Queens.
In 2009, the Mets compiled a laundry list of injuries to key players. Notables Jose Reyes, Carlos Beltran, and Carlos Delgado spent extended time on the Disabled List. The 2009 Mets finished with an embarassing 70-92 record.
So how do the Mets bounce back this season? Offense. A lot of offense.
The Mets signed Outfielder, Jason Bay this off-season to provide more power to the middle of the lineup. Last season, Bay hit 36 Home Runs and drove in 119 RBIs for the Red Sox. Bay has hit 30 Home Runs in four of his last five seasons. Bay should have a lot of RBI opportunities this year with Jose Reyes, Luis Castillo, and David Wright hitting in front of him. Fenway Park suited Bay’s power better than Citi Park, but expect Bay to have a good season overall. His HR total will be down, but he should still drive in plenty of runs.
Fantasy Owners will probably have to decide between Bay, Phillies Outfielder Jason Werth, and Toronto Outfielder/DH Adam Lind on draft day. They are projected to be the 8th-10th OF to come off the board. Werth and Lind will out-homered Bay, but Bay should drive in more runs and yield a higher batting average. Owners will likely consider draft Bay in Rounds 3,4.
Projection: .280, 27 HRs, 115 RBIs
Reyes only recorded 148 At-Bats during the 2009 season. Going into 2010, however, Reyes is apparently 100% and that ispositive news for fantasy owners and Met fans alike. Pre-injury, Reyes was a lock for 60+ SBs and 105+ Runs. Fantasy owners can not go into the 2010 season thinking Reyes will automatically resume those impressive numbers. Reyes will have a cast of great hitters behind him, but the success of the offense hinges on his ability to get on base.
The ‘Big 4′ at Shortstop(Hanley Ramirez, Derek Jeter, Jimmy Rollins, and Troy Tulowitzki) are safer draft picks on Draft Day. However, if I needed steals in Round 4-5, I’d gamble on Reyes over Rollins and Tulo.
Projection: .290, 100 Runs, 10 HRs, 52 SBs.
What happened to Wright’s power? After seasons of averaging 30 HRs, 100 RBI, .300, Wright’s power numbers fell to only 10 HRs, 72 RBIs, and .307. Was this a product of no-lineup protection? Maybe. But given Citi field’s pitcher dimensions, Wright’s drop off is a very alarming. Do I think Wright will regain his 30 HR power? No. But I think he’ll be closer to 30 HRs than 10 this season. Wright offers great speed too for fantasy owners by stealing 27 bases in 2009. Wright is an overall five-category(Runs, HRs, Batting Avg, RBIs, SB) producer, a very valuable asset for fantasy teams.
Alex Rodriguez will be the first Third Baseman off the board. Wright and the Rays Evan Longoria will be jocking during Spring Training to become the second Third Baseman to come off the board. Longoria boasts better power numbers, but Wright gives you overall production. I’d go with Wright over Longoria in the 2nd Round.
Projection: .310, 100 Runs, 22 HRs, 100 RBIs, 22 SBs.
What do you think Met Fans?
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