So I've slacked really hard on my position-by-position review of the Mets farm system.? Well, that and the team went out and hired a new General Manager and reshaped the entire front office, which is kind of a big deal.? I'm using these to start lining up my thinking for my overall rankings.? I want to finish the infield with shortstops and third baseman this week and finish the series the week after.
So, today we move on to second base.? Second base was a black hole for the Mets in 2010. By Fangraphs' WAR, the team's -0.4 WAR was the second-worst in all of baseball, ahead of only the Cleveland Indians.? The Mets' keystoners combined on a .269 wOBA, making their offensive contribution dead last in all of baseball. ? Since the Mets derived so little value from secondbase in 2010, it should be the easiest place to improve in 2011.
Is Ruben Tejada, who turned 21 four days before Halloween, the solution?? In 2010, while hitting .213/.305/.282, he was certainly part of the problem.? Did you realize that he hit .296/.377/.352 against lefthanders in 61 PA and an anemic .185/.282/.259 against righthanders in 194 PA?? In 2009, his OPS was 69 points better against lefties than righties in AA and in AAA it rose to 80 points before it exploded in the big leagues.? Also, while many Mets fans had understandably tuned out in September, Tejada hit .281/.354/.439 while playing everyday for the first time.? His BABIP was a healthy .321 and while his line drive rate nearly matched his other full big league months, his flyball rate of 53.8% was his highest of any major league month, while his ground ball rate of 27% was below 39% for the first time in a MLB month.? Is this all small sample size noise, or did Tejada really make an aggressive adjustment in September that helped him hit the ball in the air more?? Are more flyballs even desirable for a hitter like Tejada?