“Matt den Dekker is going to be a good player,” Terry Collins told reporters Tuesday night.
Earlier in the day, den Dekker had a two-run single and a walk, while also putting a ball to the warning track, one that nearly tied the game.
He is hitting .350 in 20 at bats, with one HR and four RBI, during the last week.
“The more he plays, the more comfortable he’s going to be,” Collins said. “He’s got some power. I know he’s going to hit some homers up here. He can play defense. The one thing we’ve got to get him to do is obviously handle some left-handed pitching, because if he can do that he’s going to be a real good player.”
Maggie Wiggin, Contributor
There’s no question about the defense den Dekker brings to the outfield, supposedly as good or better than Lagares, though that’s hard to imagine at this point. The question has always been his bat, whether the pop will be enough to justify the big strikeout numbers, and whether he can stay healthy. His time in Triple-A has been very promising this year, after a rough debut there last year, so it’ll be interesting to see if his September will earn him a bench spot (or more) going into 2014.
Michael Baron, Contributor
I have always been a believer in den Dekker. He has power, he’s fast and, as we’ve come to realize, is a spectacular defensive outfielder. Over the course of his professional career, he has shown all of those attributes with an adjustment period at the beginning of each level. He does strikeout a lot, and that has been a common theme for den Dekker since he was drafted. He knows it’s a problem and he has told me he works tirelessly at improving his approach. Dave Hudgens has worked with him on pitch recognition to help him recognize off-speed pitches more — both in and out of the zone. Eventually, this should help him cut down on his strikeouts, get ahead in the count more, and utilize his power on hittable pitches inside the strike zone. If this comes together, the Mets will have one less problem going forward.