Lucas Duda has struggled defensively, offense inconsistent early

Lucas Duda 1 polaroidOver his first six games of the season, Lucas Duda has hit .176 with a double, home run and three RBI. He has struck out seven times in 24 plate appearances.

Duda has walked six times — he has a .417 on-base percentage over that span.

However, while he has yet to make an error in left field, Duda has posted a -0.2 UZR and has misjudged some catchable fly balls.

Vinny Cartiglia

With each passing day, I am losing more and more confidence Duda can be the long-term left-fielder. Having said that, he will be given every opportunity to prove he can be.  I’m not sure he can hit for a high enough average or hit enough home runs to warrant him starting every day, given how bad he is defensively. There is no better example than yesterday’s should-be fly out that landed just passed his outstretched glove, bouncing over the wall for a ground rule double. Duda took a bad route on the play, and if not for Scott Atchison stepping up, the outcome could have been very different. It is time for Lucas to step up at the plate or his playing time will be minimal.

Michael Baron, Contributor

This is the big argument with Duda: Will he provide enough offense to offset his poor defense in left field, and create more runs with his bat than he takes away with his glove? In a way, this is a similar argument that took place during Spring Training about Matt den Dekker, just the opposite is the problem for him. Moving Duda to left field was supposed to make him feel more comfortable, but he has not played well out there so far this season. I don’t expect him to be very good out there, but he cannot routinely cost the team runs on defense, especially if he’s going to struggle offensively.