After struggling for a large chunk of the season, the New York Mets’ outfield finally came together during the second half of the season and became a productive unit. The trio of Eric Young, Juan Lagares, and Marlon Byrd got most of the accolades, but lost in the shuffle was Andrew Brown. Playing time was been hard to come by for Brown, but he produced for the Mets whenever he was called upon, which makes it pertinent to ask whether or not he has a future with the team in 2014 and beyond.
Brown was crushing the ball throughout August, hitting .357 and slugging .571, but with the same amount of playing time in September he struggled, hitting just .111. For the season, he hit .227 with seven home runs but 44 strikeouts in 150 at bats.
Where Brown could fit in with the Mets next season is as a bench player and possibly a platoon outfielder. The Mets have players like Josh Satin, Justin Turner, Mike Baxter and others that can come off the bench and do so successfully, but none of them possess the power that Brown does. No MLB bench is complete without a hitter who is a home run threat, and Brown could be the best candidate the Mets have in their organization right now to be that power hitter off the bench for them next season.
There is also a chance Brown could garner regular playing time next season in a platoon role. If the Mets choose to keep Young next season, there’s a chance Brown could earn a share of the playing time in left field, especially if the Mets find someone else that can replace Young in the leadoff spot. Brown could also play in right field on occasion, especially if the Mets end up with a right fielder next season that bats left-handed.
Brown is by no means an everyday player, but he’s a good right-handed bat off the bench that can hit for power, which fits the profile of something successful teams need to have. With so many more pressing needs to address this offseason, the Mets can address a minor need by bringing Brown back to be a right-handed power bat off their bench, which means that Brown could indeed have a future with the Mets.