Jordany Valdespin to work as an infielder this spring

Jordany Valdespin 3 polaroidTerry Collins told reporters on Saturday Jordany Valdespin will focus his efforts on infield work this Spring.

“He played a lot of outfield in winter ball. This spring, we need to put him back in the infield a little bit,” Collins said. “We know if, need be, we can play him in the outfield. We need to take a look at him in the infield right now.”

Collins said he would like to see the patience he displayed in the second half of winter ball translate to the Major League level this season.


Earlier this week, Terry Collins said Valdespin was a candidate for a full-time outfield spot, and he’s also looking at both Justin Turner and Zach Lutz as possibilities to play the outfield in some capacity.

Michael Baron, Contributor

Valdespin will have competition with Brandon HicksBrian Bixler, and Omar Quintanilla, and so I don’t think he’s a lock for the big league roster out of camp. Valdespin has the most talent of any of his competition, and while he showed some improvement in his plate discipline this winter, he has yet to show he can be more than a utility infielder at the big league level. Like last year, Valdespin’s value might be greatest as a left-handed pinch hitter of the bench, and the Mets need to get a little more right-handed on this roster.

For Valdespin’s thoughts on his role this season as well as 2012, check out Marc Carig’s report for Newsday.