New York Mets: Jordany Valdespin the Ultimate Clutch Hitter

By Jerry Elsing
Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports

Whenever you see Jordany Valdespin play he drives you crazy. He shows the flashes that could make him into a very good starter for years to come. The combination of power and speed are something that every team loves to see in a young player but it’s his plate discipline, defense and immaturity that drives us fans mad.

Young players take time to develop into the player that he will become. But one thing is for certain in Valdespin’s young career, he is a clutch player when called upon.

The two moments that come to mind, when thinking of Valdespin, are his games against the New York Yankees and Los Angeles Dodgers. Both times the New York Mets were desperate for a hero and both times he came through with resounding results driving in the winning runs in both games. Terry Collins knows that Valdespin is the hitter he wants in the box when crucial late inning situations arise.

To me, Valdespin is not an everyday player in the MLB. He just doesn’t have the consistency that is needed to go out there every day and perform. Don’t get me wrong, he is a great player for the Mets, but he just isn’t an answer to play every day in one of the outfield spots on this team.

When Valdespin is put in a platoon spot, like he has for most of the season, he is a very valuable piece to the Mets puzzle. He is the type of player that will produce when given the opportunity; it just can’t be every day.

Valdespin for the rest of his career will be a role player. He can step in for a game here and there and contribute to the team. But it’s his clutch and timely hitting that will keep him in the league for years to come.

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