Yep, trust me, I dislike EY just as much as you. Given the lack of leadoff hitter options elsewhere, he'll absolutely be the leadoff hitter again, if he starts. Oh joy -- a guy with a career .663 OPS set up to receive the most plate appearances on the team!
Hopefully the front office comes to their senses and realizes EY is nothing more than a pinch-runner who should ride the bench. For all the talk that Lagares isn't much of a hitter, his wRC+ last season (75) was not much different than EY's (78), and we all know how much of a superior defensive player Lagares is. Lagares is also much younger and had just 17 games in AAA under his belt before coming up, meaning there are some reasons to believe Lagares could improve at the plate this season, softening the blow his defensive metrics take from regression.
I understand this is going to be a lot like 2013 Part II (couldn't agree more with that depiction), but we know what EY is, there is just no need for him to start. Lagares is the guy they need to get a long look at and see if he's an acceptable starter in CF or just a good glove guy who falls too short at the plate. It will go a long way in determining whether we're in the market for 1 or 2 outfielders next winter.
Cesar Puello is one guy to keep an eye on. He won't be a factor right out of the gate -- he'll go straight to Las Vegas -- but if the Mets are struggling for an acceptable amount of offense out of LF or CF come June or July, he could get the call. Jason Parks of Baseball Prospectus recently put together his Mets' Top 10 List, and Puello ranked 7th. In the caption was an accurate description that sums up Puello really well: "I had a scouting director put a future 65 grade (future All Star) on Cesar Puello. When asked if he would reach that ceiling: 'Who the hell knows?'"
Edited by nmigliore, 19 February 2014 - 11:48 AM.