Mike Baxter's in centerfield Friday against the Braves, and Jordany Valdespin will see some time after looking awkward on a fly-ball Thursday. Den Dekker remains a very long shot to make the Mets' Opening Day roster.
Which brings us to a question on Twitter.
League average #8 hitter is a funny concept, but I'll bite, and the answer is: probably not yet.
According to Baseball Reference, National League #8 hitters hit .246/.315/.359 in 2011.
As I pointed out earlier this week, PECOTA, Baseball Prospectus' forecasting system sees Matt den Dekker as capable of putting up a weighted mean: .229/.278/.352. It isn't until den Dekker's 80th percentile forecast, which PECOTA pegs at .257/.308/.394 that den Dekker exceeds the average rate stats compiled by NL #8 hitters in 2011.
So, it's not impossible that the 24-year old den Dekker, who hit .235/.32/.426 in a half season of double-A in 2011, could outhit the NL average #8 hitter right now, but the odds are decidedly against it.
Also, Josh Satin was optioned to minor league camp, while Omar Quintanilla and Fernando Cabrera, who were not on the 40-man roster were simply sent down.