Some considered Dykstra to be a better prospect than Ike Davis coming out of college, mainly because of his power and his ability to get on base. He was a sabermetrician's dream player, which could explain why Sandy Alderson traded for him in 2011.
Others considered Dykstra a guy whose game would not translate into the professional ranks. He would have to undergo major swing overhauls if he was ever going to have success hitting with a wooden bat. Defensively, he would be limited to first base due to his size -- 6 feet 5 inches tall and 240 lbs.
He seems to be putting it together at 26-years-old with the Binghamton Mets. He has already exceeded all of his offensive numbers from 2012 in fewer games played. Along with his 18 home runs, he is batting .299, and getting on base nearly at an amazing clip (.462 OBP). He's always had a great eye - hanging around a .400 OBP in every professional season.
His OPS this season? A sparkling 1.029.
One of his more impressive stats this year has to be that he has walked almost as many times as he has struck out (90 strikeouts, 83 walks).
But at 26 and in his sixth professional season, Dykstra is -- unfortunately -- very old for Double-A.
Adam Rubin recently asked Dykstra if he thought he was back on the radar after this monster first-half. Dykstra replied, “I can’t personally say that. I hope that’s true. I’m having a great year. Personally, my confidence is back. I feel like I did when I got drafted, where I know what I’m doing with my swing. It’s not really up to me to decide if I’m back on the radar or not.”
Dykstra, though quite old for Double-A, has put together a nice season so far. If he wants to sniff the big leagues, though, it's now or never.
And, in case you are wondering, he isn't related to Lenny Dykstra.
You can read more from Mitch at MetsProspects.com.