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Eric Young Jr. wants to be your leadoff hitter

Eric Young, Jr‘s favorite position is “leadoff,” he said today (Mets on Instagram, Feb. 4).

“It really doesn’t matter what spot I play on the defensive side, as long as I’m in there everyday able to contribute and help the team out,” he added.

Terry Collins said Monday that if Young shows in camp that he get on base more frequently, the team will have to find a spot for him in the lineup because he has the ability to change their offense (Kernan, Feb. 3).

In the event Young does not hit leadoff, Chris Young or Ruben Tejada could end up in the top spot. Juan Lagares’ name was not mentioned as a possible leadoff hitter.

In 2013, in 91 games with the Mets, Young Jr. hit .251 with a .318 OBP. Lagares, over 121 games, hit .242 with a .281 OBP. He posted a 79 OPS+, a 0.9 bWAR and 0.8 fWAR. Lagares had an 80 OPS+, with a 3.7 bWAR and 2.9 fWAR (Wiggin).

When batting leadoff last season, in 122 games between the Rockies and Mets, Young hit .254 with a .318 OBP.


To read a discussion between Team MetsBlog on who should bat leadoff, click here




34 comments
Ian Cohen
Ian Cohen

If Eric Young could get on base more, he'd have been getting on base more!  He's not that player.  I like Eric Young, but to ask him to be more than he is, is a mistake.  This, by the way, has been something that the Mets continue to do and it always blows up in their face.

MetsFan1962
MetsFan1962

Does it really matter what position any of our players play?  Essentially, we got the same cast of characters with some minor upgrades. I guess it doesn't matter, all I want to see is a fun to watch season. Lets Go Mets!

Dana Smith
Dana Smith

If the Mets move Murphy to first, im all in EYJ playing playing second everyday. However, that will not happen. EYJ should NOT start over Juan Lagares, period.

chasesimms
chasesimms

That's great!  And I want to be a stay at home, work 15 hours a week millionaire, but sometimes its just not in the cards. 

Kevin Connelly
Kevin Connelly

lol at Ruben Tejada batting lead off let alone being in a lineup everyday

Macacawitz
Macacawitz

Who writes these headlines?  They're queer.  Not in that way.  

mike23
mike23

I don't see where EYJR fits in this lineup, unless Chris Young struggles there really is no spot for him defensively to allow him to bat lead off. If I remember correctly I don't think he is very good at 2b defensively so to add him there would seem to hurt mets defense (with their offense mets need the bets defense team they can put on the field to help their pitching). EYJR should be the 4th outfielder and maybe occasionally play 2b to give murphy a day off. 

sylow59
sylow59

Check out who EYj couldn't move off 2B for the Rockies between 2011 and 2013;  then reconsider this "EJy can play 2B" idea.

sylow59
sylow59

My x-wife wants me to buy her a Corvette.

sayhey24
sayhey24

You might as well play Lagares for his defense because right now, there are no good offensive options that you could put in his place. Our projected starting lineup had a B.A. of .248 and an O.B.P. of .310 last year. These are awful numbers and won't equate to much run production. Take Wright out and the numbers drop to .237 and .295. We will need unreal pitching and defense to have any realistic shot at .500, much less a wild card run.

Kenneth Meltsner
Kenneth Meltsner

EYJr certainly adds an element of speed into the lineup that we have not seen since Reyes left. The guy's OBP is a problem, however. And he rarely walks. Lagares had a great year in Winter Ball. I know it's not the same thing but I really want to see him in CF all year. He might very well be the best CF we've ever seen in a Met uniform--and that includes Carlos Beltran (even during his prime).

Number6
Number6

F Terry Collins I don't understand how Juan Lagares isn't the everyday center fielder. GIVE THE KID A CHANCE HE'S A GOLD GLOVE CALIBER CENTER FIELDER!!

personman
personman

If EY plays 2B and Murph moves to 1B, that could work.  A little light on offense, but whatever.


If Chris Young sucks and EY takes his job, or is in a 50/50 split with him, that's fine.


If we play anyone but Lagares in CF, it'll be a disaster.  If Lagares can hit over 200, his glove makes him a must-start in CF.

Tom Gallagher
Tom Gallagher

I've said it several times, and I will say it again:

EY was great at getting on base during his minor league career. That stopped shortly after he hit the major leagues. If he can turn that around he could be a great lead-off hitter. Hudgens seems like a good person to work with him on this. It hasn't worked so far, but his OBP did improve after coming to the Mets last year. My point: He may just be what he appeared last year, but there could be more there. 

mets2014
mets2014

don't understand why people continue to bash some of the mets players...they wear the uniform so you should be pulling for them regardless

mets1973
mets1973

If Young could hit about 25 points higher and work out an extra five walks per week he would have a decent, not great , OBP. As it is he is a grinder who is better suited to being a reserve player.

BringBackDaveTelghe
BringBackDaveTelghe

EYJ also had a .288 wOBA, one of the worst in the entire league.  Yeah I get he's fast, but there's so much more to it.

Marky Mark
Marky Mark

EY should play short.. not like tejada is anything more than a liability over there anyway, if were not going to get a jose iglesias type glove why hamper our team offensively with a guy with literally no tools in tejada.. Obvisously EY isn't a shortstop, but tejada aint either

The Feels band
The Feels band

He has the ability to change our offense how? By stealing bases? He doesn't get on base enough to do so. And even when he does, it doesn't translate into runs. Lagares was good for a 3.5 Dwar last year. Ever check this guys? Oof. 

eric88
eric88

@personman  Legares only needing to hit .200 is silly because the whole lineup only hits .200. You have other good options who can hit a liitle and play CF well. You can't carry that on a light hitting team. Murphy to 1st is a bad idea. Flores to first, now your talking. Legares, Satin, Duda should all be in AAA.

Zach Ripple
Zach Ripple

@personman  I'm not sure the team wouldn't be light on offense with Ike/Duda at first. All I know is this will all work out far better road interleague games when the DH is in play. And only over .200? Let's say .250. .200 is a bit low for an everyday player on a team already a bit weak on offense. 

Brian Webster
Brian Webster

@mets2014 There's a huge difference between thinking a player sucks or will suck and rooting for them to fail. It's possible to both think a player or team isn't any good yet at the same time hope to be proved wrong and wish for them to do well.

Macacawitz
Macacawitz

@mets2014  When they start letting us in for nothing, we'll stop complaining.  When you're charging top dollar, you're gonna hear it. 

stemog
stemog

@mets2014 Not on this blog. These so-called fans are merciless.

sylow59
sylow59

I got sole custody of our 3yo dtr. She had supervised visitation. Do the math.

personman
personman

Who else is good in CF?


Granderson is 33 and spent most of last year playing corner OF.  He was okay in CF in 2012, but not very good.


Chris Young's defense fell apart last year.  Might be an aberration, but he was bad last year.


Eric Young, for as fast as he is, is a pretty meh defender.  He's barely better than okay in LF.  He gets bad jumps on the ball and can't do much going back.


Lagares is the best CF in baseball, with only Carlos Gomez being in the conversation along with him.

personman
personman

I'd much rather Lagares hit over 250.  But anywhere above 200, and he's still a net plus to the lineup.

Marky Mark
Marky Mark

@The Feels @Marky Mark  Of course its a bad idea, but you have to work with bad ideas and hope something sticks when you can't put major league talent in the positions they belong