Looking back on the season, there are a few things that stood out to me about how it all turned out, but the one hope that I had was that Jordany Valdespin, better known to Mets fans as JV1, was going to turn into a very good ball player and mainly because his speed reminded me a lot of Jose Reyes. Pure speed running around the bases; turning singles into doubles, doubles into triples and if at all possible, a full lap around the bases without the ball leaving the park. That all equals to exciting baseball, just like Reyes used to bring everyday.
The type of talent that JV1 possessed and I use the past tense, because after he was suspended for his part in the Biogensis scandal, which I was fully shocked, there is no telling how he will return. My hope is that he comes back with a new attitude, a desire to prove that he can still perform, remain out of the spotlight and to prove to the Mets fans that this ordeal helped him to grow up and show that he belongs.
We all have opinions on what the Mets should do with JV1, and there is no guarantee that he fits into their outfield plans, but they still need good quality bats off the bench, especially players with speed. He may not be that RBI machine off the bench, but his speed and athleticism in late innings is truly needed to help bring in that needed run in tight games.
He has been playing in the Dominican Winter league and in 17 games he is batting .196/.369/.317, with a double, triple, two home runs, in 48 at bats. Not nearly the numbers he put up with Las Vegas right after his demotion in July when he hit .471, with four doubles, a triple, three home runs, 22 RBI’s in 53 at bats. And I can say the gaudy numbers were nothing more than wanting to prove to the Mets’ brass that sending him down was a mistake. But no one ever questioned his abilities, just the arrogant style that he brought to the team. Many can argue on his behalf, but at the end of the day, in order for him to find himself back in the Mets plans, a total transformation probably needs to occur.
If he turns it all around, the Mets will have a great threat off the bench and a viable glove to make spot starts in the outfield.