Is Matt den Dekker Going To Be Up This Year?

By Satish Ram

June 20, 2013 4 Comments

Matt-Den-DekkerThe young Matt den Dekker has had a troublesome year to date in 2013 — starting and ending with an untimely fracture in Spring Training. Den Dekker was unlikely to make the team at that point anyway, hitting around .200 back then, but he was in the conversation until his injury. He’s coming off a year where he posted a .274/.321/.458 line across two levels of minor-league baseball (AA/AAA), but his splits defiantly favored his time in AA. Over 268 PAs in AA, his slash was .340/.397/.563, while his AAA slash in 317 PAs was .220/.256/.373.

Den Dekker has always been known for his defensive talent in center field, where he has impressive range — perhaps the best in our system. His offensive capabilities have been thrown into question, however, and rightfully so. He has one of the more streakier histories offensively among the current members of our organization, but he’s shown the potential to adjust to advanced pitching with time. He struggled in Binghamton in 2011, only to turn it on to shred the league in 2012.

Currently, den Dekker is in St. Lucie for his rehab, and is 1-for-11 so far with a walk in 13 plate appearances. If he can get back to perfect health, he’ll return to AAA – Vegas to try and adjust there. It’ll be interesting to see how well he hits, because with the constant shuffling of bodies between Vegas and Flushing, he very well may find himself on the bench in Flushing in September. He rivals Wilfredo Tovar in terms of his defensive skill-set, so if he can hold his own offensively, he could find himself in the mix for our MLB outfield once again.

  • http://www.nulifeonline.com Ernest

    I just kind of feel like the young man lost his chance…..as is the case with reese havens, it just seems like they both will be forgotten and passed over by the time they ever put it all together……..unless he’s just the 4/5 guy who comes in as defensive replacement if duda is still stuck out there next year.

  • http://ifiredstevephillips.blogspot.com Hank

    I think we’ll see him in September. If he goes on a hitting binge when he gets to Vegas, that’ll change things. if the Mets are able to trade some of the current crop of OFers, that could also change things. But most likely, he does his rehab, spends July and August in Vegas…and we see him with the big club in September.

  • http://metsminors.net Buddy3

    It certainly seems that Captain Kirk and Juan Lagares are no longer blocking him. They have been pushed aside to give EY an extended tryout. That about tells you their value to the Mets.

  • RMKMETS

    While I’m not sure that either Lagares or Niuewenhuis are anything special, this is not a fair statement. The team needs a leadoff man, so getting EY Jr. and giving him extended playing time is as much about filling that void than anything else. I’m sure those guys will have had their fair share of ABs by the time the year is over.

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