What happens to the OF and roster when Chris Young returns from the DL?

Mets OF Chris Young went 5-for-5 with two home runs and five RBI in his first rehab game for Triple-A Las Vegas on Sunday.


Chris Young slides into second


Young is eligible and likely to be activated from the disabled list on April 18 when the team returns home to face the Braves.

Michael Baron, Contributor

Chris Young should become the everyday left fielder when he returns from the DL, and I expect Andrew Brown will be the odd man out. As for Eric Young Jr., he has struggled on an everyday basis as the leadoff hitter for this club, showing – at least in a small sample – he should be their fourth outfielder and backup to Daniel Murphy at second base. His raw skills are a nice concept for the top of the order, but he hasn’t shown an ability to be productive in that role on an everyday basis. It’s possible he will have more success in this utility role anyway, as it will limit his exposure and could be used on a more situational basis.

Maggie Wiggin, Contributor

I agree, even with the six steals, Eric Young Jr.’s production is simply not worthy of an everyday role in the lineup. He will slide over to the bench (most likely at the expense of Brown, who has done little to warrant a roster spot) and Chris Young should be penciled in as the left-fielder going forward. This should give a boost to both the offense and the defense and Eric Young Jr. will have better value off the bench as a pinch runner and backup outfielder and second basemen.

Matthew Cerrone, Lead Writer

Well, I agree and I agree, Eric Young Jr. has to go to the bench. I think it’s what is best for him. He can still get a good number of at bats playing any one of the three outfield spots, not to mention an occasional fill in for Murphy and a pinch hitting opportunity. Also, Chris Young has shown that he can hit when he plays every day. This, plus his contract, plus EY’s struggles, mean Chris must play every day, if for no other reason than he can be great trade bait – along the lines of Marlon Byrd last season – if he hits.

The most important thing, though, regardless of the two Youngs, is that Juan Lagares continues to play every day. He’s their best outfield glove and he’s been their best hitter. I don’t expect him to hit this way all year, he’s getting very lucky and pitchers are bound to adapt. However, until that happens, he has to be there every innings, no question about it.




70 comments
Jordan Moskowitz
Jordan Moskowitz

Why doesn't Terry just play spin the bottle and whoever the bottle lands on first is hitting first in the line-up until you've got a full line-up!?!?

riggz91
riggz91

Might be crazy but let's switch it up:

Lagares

TdA

Grandy

Wright

Murphy

CY

Duda

Tejada

eric88
eric88

I don't think we will ever again. He will be a nice player, but nowhere where he used to be. Say 17, 87, .288. He struggles in the clutch and Ks way to much. He hits some meaningless HRs and RIB in less stressful at bats.

Michael Suriel
Michael Suriel

Does Eric play SS? I'd prefer him over Tejada. Even though his bat isn't much better than Tejada's, I'd much rather have him on the base paths.

adam
adam

We need his bat in the offense bad. Especially with the lackluster performances of Wright and Grandy. Id bat him or Murph leadoff, Lageres is in a groove at the 6 spot and I don't won't to lose that or put extra pressure on him.

Mike Dell Italia
Mike Dell Italia

Lagares

Grandy

Wright

Duda

Murph

Cy

Tda

Q/tejeda

Ey, tejeda/q, recker, abreu, satin

hashburry
hashburry

At least no one used the term "super-sub" while describing Youg, Jr., or invoked the name Joe McEwing, who appeared to be a great teammate, but basically was a myth as a hitter based on one or two HRs off Randy Johnson.

Eric Raffle
Eric Raffle

It Gets Better---that's my final answer!

Mike DeRosa
Mike DeRosa

Holy. Crap. I know it's only AAA, but DAMN. When was the last time we had a player come back from the DL go to AAA for practice and do THAT?

rodd
rodd

have the mets bring in their top pitchers from the minors, replace the old men and try them out now. second bring in their top batters from the minors and replace the batters that are batting below the mendoza line. see if that works for awhile. it won't matter, they are playing  way below their potential anyway.

mystere24
mystere24

4-18-14 Roster Moves

1. Brown sent down, Young up a rung.

2. Ike take a hike, Bobby to the lobby.

3. Abandon Lannon, what do you say Dice-K?

4. Familia can't dealt with ya, Montero my hero!

5. Omar ain't Nomar, Flores I says!

openmind6
openmind6

Baron: "His raw skills are a nice concept for the top of the order"

That doesn't make a lick of sense.

rodd
rodd

legares is good, he isn't THAT IMPORTANT! to the mets because of really good pitching and good hitters, geez

helloboy
helloboy

Maybe he gets to bat 5th and Lagares gets to leadoff and the team pushes 1B to 6th and things start looking a better.  

Ben Fortney
Ben Fortney

"The most important thing, though, regardless of the two Youngs, is that Juan Lagares continues to play every day."


Ab-so-lutely. He's one of only a few players I actually sit and pay attention to. 

7up17_2go
7up17_2go

Our pitchers are last in ERA in the NL.  Our hitters are leading the NL in strikeoutts.  A recipe for a 67 win team....

dukewillie
dukewillie

@riggz91  It can't hurt. This probably would be the lineup if Bobby Valentine were managing the team today.

Mike Dell Italia
Mike Dell Italia

I love murph batting 5th he's agressive he's more of RBI guy

helloboy
helloboy

@adam  This is my thing on Lagares.  What makes him a star in the making is that he hits and performs even better when there is more pressure on him.  I think he would take it as a challenge and never let it go.

Eric Raffle
Eric Raffle

@hashburry
Joe Mac was versatile!--- He couldn't Field 5-7 positions,  and he couldn;t hit either!

crafalko17
crafalko17

@rodd Don't really have any top batting prospects in AAA atm. Nimmo is probably closest as he could be here next summer. Flores is struggling bad atm

C.K. Dexter Haven
C.K. Dexter Haven

@openmind6  ??  He runs fast.  That's his raw skill.  The prevailing idea in baseball, or concept if you will,  is your lead off man has to be speedy in order to steal bases, score from 1st on a double and otherwise cause havoc for the pitcher. Raw skills....nice concept.  It ain't rocket science.

helloboy
helloboy

@openmind6  This made me laugh so hard i had to briefly leave the room i was in.

helloboy
helloboy

@Ben Fortney  Being that he is 100 times better than EY on both sides of the ball, i do not see what EY has to do with him.  

niesesnose
niesesnose

It's highly unlikely (almost impossible) this pitching staff is last in the NL by the end of the season. Or even bottom 7 for that matter.

helloboy
helloboy

@7up17_2go  Yet we are only 2 games under .500 and get to play a team playing even worse. This is the hardest month on the schedule.  A decent series against a Dback team trying to find itself and you get to come home with half the month gone around .500.   The Mets are in a sucky division and can stay alive for a while. 

riggz91
riggz91

Mike D! That's what I'm saying man at least the guy gets up there and looks to get a hi, he should be down in the order not that bum Duda.. Plus I think Wright should be protecting Grandy not the other way around.. Plus TdA could hit like Lo Duca and isn't slow on the base paths

adam
adam

You could be right. Not sure he's going to be a star, but he's awesome to watch.

mystere24
mystere24

Let's hope it's just the one DL stint. He will help.

mystere24
mystere24

Anyone is an upgrade over Rueben on Rye. If he would sign for Nelson Cruz money, yes, I'd take Drew. If I could undo the rotten Colon deal, a player we didn't need, and redistribute Colon's $20 million, yes, I'd take Drew for two years. But he's still available because he won't settle for what he's worth, so screw him.

openmind6
openmind6

@ericccb

Were you determined to correct me? "Raw skills" are not a concept, dolt.

7up17_2go
7up17_2go

@helloboy @7up17_2go  I hear you and hopefully anything is possible.  Just seems to me the team is missing alot.  We have played 12 games, and still not one not one hit from our pitchers.  I know, seems like a small thing, but small things win games.


I absolutely hate it when people laugh when Colon is hitting.  They make it seem like a joke ( Colon laughs as well which makes it worse)  Geez, he is a MLB athlete making big money..  Hit the ball!  

Mike Dell Italia
Mike Dell Italia

I also like wright protecting grandy , wright has been producing for year without protection

The Feels band
The Feels band

@Steven Matregrano @helloboy @adam  You're a joke. You'll always find some way to talk Lagares down, even though EVERYONE but you realizes how good he's playing and how great he can be. EYJr, though, still, right? Hahahahaha

crafalko17
crafalko17

@rodd @crafalko17who? Dom Smith is in Single A Advanced. I was wrong though. Puello would be the only one they would bring up, but CY gets the shot first.

crafalko17
crafalko17

@7up17_2go @helloboyHe makes contact and it is hilarious to watch. The issue with him is bunting, but as far as swinging the bat I have seen far worse. Still waiting for him to poke a shot to rf and get thrown out 9-3