Eric Young Jr. Finding New Life With New York Mets

By Thom Tsang
Eric Hartline-USA TODAY Sports

There was never any doubt that Eric Young Jr. had talent. The matter was finding the right fit for it.

That fit was obviously not with the hard-hitting Colorado Rockies, who just didn’t quite have much use for a light-hitting on-base threat, even if he could give them potential game-changing speed on the basepaths. And considering that the team is chock full of sluggers, it made sense why the utility man was relegated to part-time duties through his time with the team.

So, with the team’s former top-10 organizational prospect again struggling to find steady footing in 2013, the two sides finally parted ways in a good ol’ change-of-scenery deal that sent him to the New York Mets.

And you know, I think Young might be enjoying playing the big city just a little bit more.

For one, there’s really nobody in his way of a regular job in the outfield, a weakness of the Mets that’s been likely discussed far too many times already. More importantly though is that his ability to get on base fills a particular need atop the Mets lineup in the leadoff spot.

The Mets needed a table setter, and though it’s only been a few games so far, Young is sparking the offense as if … well, as if he’s excited to make a new impression after being given a new opportunity.

Being given a cozy home at the no. 1 spot in each of his five games with New York, the 28-year old has hit in four of the outings, with the 3-for-5 performance he put up against the Philadelphia Phillies on Sunday being the most impressive yet.

No, he hasn’t quite displayed his stolen base skills (though that will come), but that two-run, one-RBI day gave Young his third straight multi-hit game in a row; and while it is the smallest of small sample sizes, he now has a .364/.417/.500 line over 24 PA with the Mets, and already leads the team’s regulars with a 0.67 BB/K.

If he can keep it up, who knows — maybe the days of baseball jokes being dished out about New York’s outfield will come to an end sooner than originally thought.

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