2011 Player Review: Lucas Duda

Posted on by Kerel Cooper

I really enjoyed watching Luca Duda develop as a ballplayer in 2011. Watch the video below to hear why I think he should be starting in right field in 2012.

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8 Responses to 2011 Player Review: Lucas Duda

  1. I'd have to agree with you. As his confidence as a player grew we saw what this kid was capable of. His two strike approach and plate discipline was outstanding for basically a rookie player. His defense will have to improve if he hopes to stay in right field. Bay should be moved to right so he can cover more ground. Neither have cannons for arms so i think Duda would be better suited for left field.

    • kerelcooper says:

      How do you feel about Pagan being the CF next year? I think the Mets should make a change there. I've got no issue with Bay moving to RF and Duda in LF.

      • Who would you replace Pagan with? Free agent market for CF is weak and the kids on the farm are still some time away. For 5 million dollars i think you could do a lot worse than Pagan.

        • kerelcooper says:

          Personally I think I've seen enough of Pagan to know he's not the answer in CF for a team that wants to compete and win. On the flip side you are right. The free agent market is weak and there is no answer in the minors. Other option is via a trade and that's where the expertise of the Mets front office has to come into play. Obviously the Mets have other prioritize besides Pagan but if they feel that he's not the answer (and I hope they feel that way) then they should try to make a move this off season.

  2. metsatbat says:

    I think there is no way the Mets can keep Duda's bat out of the lineup. However, if his defense does not improve, a platoon situation might be in order with another outfielder because I'm sure that Mets don't want reachable line drives to reach the outfield walls late in games with a lead. I actually feel the same way about the possibility of Murph playing in the outfield, which is why I think he is better suited for second base since he had already spent a lot of time learning to play it last spring training. I cringe when I think about Murphy back in the outfield.

  3. eddzy says:

    Ive been saying this guy would hit since 2010 and was laughed at by other mets fans but i still think this man is capable of .275-25 hrs and 90 ribbies……….And ive heard some scouts even say he has more raw power than Ike davis.

    • kerelcooper says:

      I'd sign up for .275-25 hrs and 90 ribbies in 2012 right now. Mets are making changes to the fences this off season. It will be interesting to see if that helps Duda, Davis, Bay and Wright in the power departments. On the flip side I'll be watching to see if our pitching staff gives up more home runs at home.

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