Spring Training Diary: Lagares’ outfield drills, Tejada taking throws at 2B

MetsBlog.com’s Rob Brender shadows Ruben Tejada and Juan Lagares during the day in Mets camp, and tracks their progress through defensive drills and batting practice…




14 comments
Ron Davis
Ron Davis

i think in spring training some of the players should take some time in different pos . maybe not Ike or Wright or right now d'aranud but most of the other players that are not pitchers should be able to play mult pos.

nolrog
nolrog

Maybe they plan to put Lucas Duda at short.

eric88
eric88

Flores has a chance to win the job although I think when they move Murphy {salary] he will take over there at 2B. They question his range but it can't be worse than the athletically challenged Tejada, and Flores has a better arm. Offensively it is not the same stratasphere  comparing the two plus I think Sandy can't stand Tejada.

flmetsfan
flmetsfan

Why would your starting shortstop be taking throws at 2b, but yet Daniel Murphy is "alone at 2b"?  Are you taking notice Matt?

Brandon Hillman
Brandon Hillman

I think Lagares starts in CF. I believe any talk about him not starting is just to keep EY motivated that he will get abs.  Tejada on the other hand, yes,  he has the position by default. People have to remember though, who you start the season with, even first week of Spring Training for that matter, is not who you end with. Look at last years outfield from spring training to end year. Tons of changes throughout year. As far as shortstop goes, yes today tejada is the default started, but if there is even an inkling that Flores can show enough range to get his bat in the lineup without being to much of a liability he will take over position. This is the best case scenario for this club because Flores's bat his legit hit tool. After tha there are in season trades. Plenty of good SS will be free agents next year. If the mets flounder they will wait till next off season to make a move. If they are somehow in contention this year, the mets have the trading chips to acquire a top tier SS to put them over the top. Tejada's defense is serviceable and he was never expected to be a key cog in this lineup. Granderson, Wright and Murphy are. Outside of the first 6 weeks of last year, d' Arnaud is expected to be an upgrade over John Buck. The keys to success this year is not in the production at SS but what you will get a first base and C. Young. Just because I am a fan of prospects and I believe that Flores will be a great rbi producer for many years, I am hoping he some how gained a step and half this off season. New spring new hope. 

tommets
tommets

I've noticed Tejada has gotten bigger. Hopefully that's a good thing.

nymetsrule
nymetsrule

Tejada is still fat. I lost 60 pounds in a year being a 21/22 year old working out in a school gym and eating at dining halls. How can these professional athletes with the world at their fingers still stay fat?

Steven
Steven

@flmetsfan Brender meant Tejada was literally taking throws at 2B, like when he has to cover the base during a steal attempt by a runner.

Starz31
Starz31

@nymetsrule  fat? Just because he has a chubby face or a baby face as some do, doesn't mean he is fat. Do you know his body fat percentage? I don't either. 

He most likely added muscle. He definitely added muscle.

flmetsfan
flmetsfan

@tweedle d Then why not just say the Tejada is practicing his double play turn?  It seems to be vague to say "taking throws at 2B".  If that's what he meant, then why isn't Murphy "taking throws at 2B" also?  Don't you think he needs work on his double plays too?  In all due fairness, it really looked like he was getting throws from a catcher, working on his end of stolen base attempt.