The Mets – and other teams – are expected to send scouts to the Yankee complex in the Dominican Republic this weekend to watch SS Erisbel Arruebarrena, who recently defected from Cuba (Martino).
“He’s a very good defensive player. His glove is very close to the big leagues. The bat, you kind of think he’s one of those guys who’ll bat down in the order,” A scout recently told Jonathan Mayo of MLB.com. “He’ll be a quality defensive shortstop in the Major Leagues, but you wonder if he’s going to hit.”
Michael Baron, ContributorThe Mets are looking for more production from any shortstop they acquire, and for good reason. Their shortstops hit .215 with a .561 OPS in 2013, and that’s just not acceptable. It sounds like Arruebarrena is a defensive-oriented player who may or may not have a big league bat. Given how uncertain his offense might be at this level and what they’re looking for, I’d be curious to see what the Mets interest is in Arruebarrena after they watch him. If he’s ultimately going to project as a backup, the Mets might need to look elsewhere to fill the hole.
Read more: MLB.com (Mayo)