Matt den Dekker has already been on Sportscenter’s Top 10 plays of the day three times, despite the fact that he has never played a game in the major leagues. The New York Mets’ centerfield prospect robbed Washington Nationals prospect Anthony Randon of a home run in last night’s spring training game and wound up in the number three spot on Sportscenter’s daily list.
Den Dekker is becoming known for his ability to take away home runs. An American League scout reportedly described the young outfielder as “Gold Glove-caliber,” which is high praise for a minor league player. However, his hitting ability is questionable as he struggles with plate discipline, which will likely keep him in the minor leagues for the time being.
Kirk Nieuwenhuis and Collin Cowgill will platoon at the center-field position for the Mets this season. New York certainly needs help in the outfield as it is the weakest part of the team. However, den Dekker is more suitable for a lineup with more offensive weapons than the Mets this season. If Nieuwenhuis or Cowgill struggle or are sidelined by injury, den Dekker could get a chance in the MLB this season.
Den Dekker is a good enough fielder to play in the MLB this year. The team however, is in no rush to call the young prospect up. Their current outfield already lacks experience and he would add to that. At 25 years old, he still has time to develop his hitting skills in the minors with the rest of the organization’s up and coming talent.