Matt den Dekker 5 (Baron)

Matt den Dekker was hitting in Triple-A, now struggling with Mets (w/ audio)

Prior to being promoted to the Mets earlier this month, Matt den Dekker had been hitting .334 with a .947 OPS and recently named to the PCL All-Star team while playing for Triple-A Las Vegas.

However, since joining the Mets, he is batting .237 with two doubles and four walks in 12 games.

“I was seeing the ball really well out there and my swing was going good too, just putting it altogether and having good at-bats night in and night out,” he told SNY’s Robert Brender in an interview, which you can listen to below…



maggieMaggie Wiggin: Den Dekker has taken some small steps forward since last season. His strikeout rate dropped from an alarming 37 percent to 23 percent, which, though still poor, is manageable. He is also walking more and not hitting as many balls in the air.

It’s not nearly enough, though, and he needs to take full advantage of the last five weeks of the season to show improved feel for the strike zone and start turning that comfort into solid contact…


His batting average on balls in play is low for a player with his speed who can hit line drives, so some better luck going forward may help him relax at the plate and fuel additional success.

Yes, he has lived up to his reputation of being a strong defensive outfielder, amassing five defensive runs saved in just over 300 career innings. However, as good as he’s been in the field, he’ll need to make significant improvements at the plate to justify remaining on the roster.

“I’ve hit some balls hard and I’m just trying to keep it up and stay positive,” den Dekker told Brender, in regards to building on the confidence he developed in Triple-A.

If he can turn that confidence into more consistent performance at the plate, he could again find himself vying for a fourth or fifth outfielder spot next Spring.




72 comments
David Jay
David Jay

The kid sux, we don't need another scrub

What's so complicated here?

Pat Brady
Pat Brady

ANYONE that has followed his career will see that he almost always struggles to adjust each time he's been promoted so to say he MUST take advantage of these 5 weeks seems to expect something from him that shouldn't be expected. He's had a pattern of getting promoted, struggling for a half season or so and then making the adjustments that he's needed to make. Then he gets promoted and it starts all over again. I said that BEFORE he was called up. 

Macacawitz
Macacawitz

Maybe the Mets should just relocate the entire organization to Vegas where they all seem to be superstars.  Then maybe we can get a major league team to replace them in New York. 

hashburry
hashburry

Pitching is affected in the PCL, not to mention he wasn't't seeing major league talent. Vegas May help toughen up pitchers, but is no indication of the hitters' real ability. These guys numbers are ridiculously inflated. But of course the Mets have to end up with the worst place for their AAA team. Typical.

lindro88
lindro88

As long as they are in Vegas it will be very difficult to assess these guys. They tear it up and earn a promotion, only to fall flat. Aside from d'Arnaud, who has always been a legit offensive prospect, these guys like Kirk, MDD, etc, are fill in 25th men. They really need to get out of Vegas. Think about the PCL and what hitting in Las Vegas must be like if this guy can win a batting title

robby
robby

just another minor league player.  Thats all we have in our system.  They can hit great in triple AAA but the majors is a different story.  Our scouting dept does a poor job just like management.

Steven Molello
Steven Molello

Doesn't matter how good the pitching is if you can't hit…Sorry folks but good hitters are so hard to find these days you'd have to pay $25 million a year on a long term contract IF and a big IF one becomes available. With no $ to spend the Mets are out of that possibility so unfortunately we may be in this state of mediocrity for a long long time..


This team/management has really killed my love of baseball. It's not that I don't appreciate the young guys, I just can't see all the pieces coming together as long as the Wilpon's are associated with this team. 

bleck319
bleck319

His glove is great. His bat is not, and probably never will be MLB caliber.

No further analysis necessary.

metfaninva
metfaninva

1) Much better defensively than Granderson;

2) has upside as improves at each level;

3) is a platoon type player to play 75% of the time aganinst righties;

4) has proven to be a leadoff hitter in the minors;

5) this guy is an excellent defensive player;

6) the last thing this needs is a defensive liabilty in the outfield who hits 25 hrs.  -a platoon of denDekker/Kirk and Brown/Campbell would hit 25 hrs.;

7) Collins cools down every hot bat from Vegas---how and why???;

8) the grass is always greener in the other organization;

9) requirement for anyone to play at Citifield is to be very good to excellent defensive player--period--no exceptions;


Give the kids a chance. Grandy should not be playing--bad signing.  Wright and Murphy should sit as well.  We have to develop our players.  No more Carlos Gomez/Marco Scutaro's passing through and going on to good/very good careers other places.  den Dekker is valued and others are waiting on the Mets to unprotect him on the 40 man roster and take him in the Rule V draft.



William Kelley
William Kelley

den Dekker as pointed out not young. At best he is a left handed version of Lagares. Can field but limited hitter. Lagares is younger and potential better hitter. Neither den Dekker or Nieuwenhaus project as a 4th outfielder or pinch hitter. Neither should take up a 40 man roster spot.

BringBackDaveTelghe
BringBackDaveTelghe

It sounds mean...but we have so many of these types of guys...."They'd be good players...if they could only hit."  Nothing I've seen from these fringe guys make me think they will be the long-term #4 OF'er.

rstpigeon
rstpigeon

Sounds like a professional minor-leaguer. He's 26 and this is what you've got. Either he can't do any better or your organization can't make any better out of him. Either way, the Mets should figure they're done with him.


Can we stop treating him like a prospect, now?

William O'Sullivan
William O'Sullivan

MdD has no future with this organization.  His task for these final five weeks is to hit only enough for a center fielder.  That, coupled with his excellent glove, would make him a good piece of a trade for a left fielder.

BerryBeltran
BerryBeltran

Im not sure why this is a surprise


over a third of roster is compiled with players that would never be on another teams 25 roster or would be situational guys...


If you think about it...out of all the positional players that have come up through the AAA revolving doors...Lagares is the only one that sticks and provides more consistent offense..especially with RISP

hankincolo
hankincolo

BTW, since he was hitting in Vegas, but not now, is that another way of saying... what happens in Vegas, stays in Vegas?

hankincolo
hankincolo

I had high hopes for MDD, he came up and started to hit, but at this point, if he doesn't show some life in his bat, hell become just another 4th or 5th outfielder.

BerryBeltran
BerryBeltran

LOL why is this not a shock. Not every single player that hits in the minors will do it up here


Give you a great example....Val Pascucci...


The problem though is when you have a team with owners that are tight with money...these AAA players get exposed more.


There are way too many players on this 25 man roster that would barely see the light of day on another team roster or would be strictly situational players


Den Dekker

Kirk

Tejada

Flores

Eveland

Carlylse

Campbell

EY

Carlos Torres

Anthony Recker


That is a over third of your current 25 man roster right there



Leif Granlind
Leif Granlind

Well, at least we know now what I knew then when he was called up that Den Dekker is not the answer in LF.

jedimet
jedimet

Terry Collins pushes everyone to hit home runs. He actually told Eric Campbell that he's not starting because he doesn't hit enough home runs. So now den Decker is trying to pull every pitch. Collins ruined what looked like another Chase Utley in the making. Home runs come naturally, but making good contact, not swinging for the fences all the time.

Anthony Fiore
Anthony Fiore

Keep Kirk as backup for Lagares and trade this guy.  

rico
rico

By the time he's 50 he should be ready

Pat Brady
Pat Brady

@David Jay - how ABs do you need to decide that? 80? 50? 20?


what did he do in the minors that led you to this easy to come to determination? 

Pat Brady
Pat Brady

@hashburry I think it's the last place I'd want my young players for a variety of reasons. den Dekker hasn't JUST hit at Vegas though, he's hit everywhere he's played. These guys ALSO play 50% of their games on the road too don't they? 

Macacawitz
Macacawitz

@hashburry You can't develop your breaking ball in those conditions.  It's an awful place for an allegedly pitching rich organization to try and develop talent. 

rico
rico

@lindro88 I'm sure there's a metric to subtract points from batting averages and wittle points off eras there in order to make more normal baseball assessments.

Pat Brady
Pat Brady

@lindro88 didn't den Dekker hit in AA? in A, in low A? He's hit everywhere he's ever played. He's also a legit gold glove caliber fielder. 

Pat Brady
Pat Brady

@robby - yeah a here you. All they have is a minor league system full of minor league players :-/ 


MAYBE not everyone gets called up and hits the ground running. It's a pretty big adjustment going from AAA to the majors. MAYBE he needs more than 80 ABs. 


rico
rico

@robby yer kidding right?  The mets have one of the best minor league talent stocks in baseball and now you argue that too?


you know baseball seasons are long and even winning seasons get get tiresome, but looking for fault in EVERYTHING is super-bush-league-folly

Steven Molello
Steven Molello

@robby Haven't had quality scouting since the late 60's when they developed the Seaver generation. How many quality hitters has this organization found? Being on Metsblog proves that miserly loves company...

Pat Brady
Pat Brady

@bleck319 - you've made that determination after 80 abs this year? I'm not saying he's going to win the triple crown but how many ABs does he have? Is he a one year wonder? I mean is this the FIRST time he's ever hit well anywhere? What did he do on AA? High A? Low A?  THe reality is that although he's no spring chicken for a rookie, he's hit very well at ever level. 

Pat Brady
Pat Brady

@kingsword1 - nope, you're in fact mistaken. He's got like 55 games under his belt. If that's your definition of giving him a shot then we have a difference of opinion of what a "shot" is. 

mattgdd
mattgdd

@William Kelley  Give the kid a break!...den Dekker has not even had 100 at bats, in the Majors.  Lagares has had over 500 total at bats, in the Majors!...Let den Dekker have at least 300 MLB at bats, before you pass judgement!...

Pat Brady
Pat Brady

@BringBackDaveTelghe -

1.) EVERY team needs 4th outfielder so there's no shame in that

2.) the kid has like FIFTY games in the big leagues over 2 years. 

3.) he does have a history of being a good hitter doesn't he?

Pat Brady
Pat Brady

@rstpigeon - yeah, after 80 ABs. We gave him a shot right? 


how many home runs does Duda have? 26? He's 3rd in hte NL isn't he? I might be mistaken but didn't it take him just a FEW more than 80 abs to get it going? Seriously, what was Duda hitting after 80 abs this year? What did Ike Davis hit after 80 ABs this year? Last year? Does anyone have any understanding of the game or any common sense? 

joe21
joe21

@jedimet  please provide the link to TC telling Campbell he wouldn't start until he hit home runs. I would be interested to read about that one

wingo43
wingo43

@Pat Brady @David Jay Isn't DD around 27?  He's getting a little long in the tooth.  It's put up or shut up time for guys like DD and Capt. Kirk.  One of them needs to step up.  

rico
rico

@Pat Brady @hashburry Ron Darling always describes AAA as baseball purgatory.  


DARLING:   "In AAA nobody is happy everybody wants out.   It's either you're a young up-and-comer who's on his way to the bigs, or you're and old timer on your way out, everybody is miserable there."

lindro88
lindro88

Every team has a version of this guy already.

Pat Brady
Pat Brady

@wingo43 @Pat Brady @David Jay d'Arnaud would have been called up with Toronto like 2 years ago but he's had injury issues. den Dekker was drafted out of college but he's hit everywhere that he's played. I'd rather have a 27 year old prospect who I can control than overpay a free agent for the same production. He's a kid with some upside and he's the real deal in the field. I'm sure not going to throw that away after 80 ABs like most of the othe rimpatient fans seem to want to do.