Eric Young Jr. Will Be An Everyday Outfielder in 2014
The New York Mets have their share of problems as do other teams in MLB. The most obvious ace pitcher Matt Harvey being out for the season. The other has to do with the logjam of outfielders. Early on in free agency the Mets signed Chris Young to a one-year deal just a couple of weeks before signing Curtis Granderson to a four-year deal. With Lucas Duda needing a place to play if the first base idea doesn’t pan out, Eric Young was the odd man out.
Young was acquired last season in a trade with the Colorado Rockies for Colling McHugh, and in 91 games batted .251 with a team-high 38 stolen bases. There was concern as to where to play Young now that the other spots were filled. As the only real option for the leadoff spot, EY has a little advantage over some of the competition.
This spring so far, Young is proving why he should be roaming the outfield at Citi Field. The games don’t matter for statistical purposes or aren’t really a good gauge on how a team is going to perform, but for some players fighting for a job they are as important as regular season games.
Young needs to leave the Mets no choice as to his status on the team. Out-performing all of the other players vying for that one lone spot in the outfield is a necessity. He has only appeared in two games so far, so there is still plenty of time for this thing to go either way. Getting timely hits and drawing walks will force the hand of the Mets and will leave them no choice.
The Mets as a team are having some early struggles this spring and are 2-5. They lost both games of split-squad action today to the Washington Nationals (11-5) and the Miami Marlins (5-2, 10 innings). They will be back in action tomorrow as the spring moves right along.