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In yesterday's 5-4 win over the Phillies, Eric Young Jr. went 1-for-4 with a run scored and strikeout.

"E.Y. is a guy that right now is so valuable to us at the top of the order I don't see in the near future where he's going to get a chance to rest," Terry Collins said after the game.

Since joining the Mets last month, Young has hit .298 with a .377 OBP with 14 walks and ten stolen bases in 13 opportunities.

"Like I said, it's all I can ask for, getting the opportunity I am. I'm looking to have my name in there every day," Young said. "If [Collins] is going to make a statement like that, then I have no complaints."

The Mets haven’t had a top of the lineup presence like this since Jose Reyes left. While Young is no Reyes, he clearly has more of an ability to be a productive leadoff hitter than any of the current options in the organization.

It’s hard not to like the kind of player Young is. He's fun to watch, he puts together a package containing contact and speed, and is someone who has the ability to control the game at the top of the lineup. He has historically gotten on-base at a decent clip and doesn’t strikeout very much. He can tend to be a little over anxious at times, so for his production to be sustainable, he would have to work deeper into counts and be more disciplined on pitches outside the strike zone. However, the ingredients are certainly there for success.

Source: Ehalt, ESPN New York

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