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…