In an ideal world, Eric Young Jr. would have a .350 OBP, Terry Collins told media on Tuesday in St. Lucie.
This spring, Collins said he would like to see Eric Young focus more on bunting and being a more selective hitter, especially earlier in the count.
“As we sit here today, Eric Young is the guy you want to see at the top of the lineup,” Collins said last week, regarding who on his team can bat leadoff.
In 410 plate appearances last year with no one base, Eric Young had a .343 OBP. He had a .260 OBP when batting with runners on base.
Matthew Cerrone, Lead Writer
For what it’s worth, to get his OBP up to .350 by way of bunting, he would have to add 22 bunt hits to his six in 2013, which would be the most in MLB since 2008, according to MetsBlog’s Maggie Wiggin. In other words, that’s not happening…
Look, I’m willing to be patient here, but Terry’s fascination with Eric Young Jr. is getting a bit concerning. I mean, he’s a nice player, but he’s not the second coming of Rickey Henderson. I don’t think that he’s so good that it’s worth moving established players out of position (i.e., Daniel Murphy to first) or sending kids with potential to the minor leagues (i.e., Juan Lagares) just so Terry can have a ‘prototypical leadoff hitter.’