In 148 games for the Mets and Rockies last season, Eric Young Jr. hit .249 with a .310 OBP, 27 doubles, seven triples, 70 runs scored and a league-leading 46 stolen bases.
He reached based 33 percent of the time when batting with no one on base.
Young has played 52 of his 404 games at second base, the rest he has played in the outfield.
The Mets acquired Young last summer from the Rockies for minor-league pitcher Collin McHugh.
Matthew Cerrone, Lead Writer
He’s an interesting player, and I understand why this front office tried to acquire him multiple times before landing him late last summer. He’s quick, exciting and versatile (at the plate and in the field), but he’s not an every-day contributor. He looked totally overexposed at times, despite a nice start. Yet, despite that, he can lead the league in stolen bases. As I said, he’s interesting…
Michael Baron, Contributor
In an ideal world, he is a fourth outfielder on this club. He could also prove to be a quality backup infielder, and perhaps spell Daniel Murphy against a tough lefty at second base.
Maggie Wiggin, Contributor
He is an ideal bench player. I’d like to see him get 200 or so at bats, primarily as a pinch-hitter with the occasional start due to rest or injury. And it goes without saying that he’ll be one of the best pinch-runners in the game not named Billy Hamilton, which is a nice trump card for close and late games.
Andrew Wharton, Contributor
I see EY as a fourth outfielder who — get this — actually comes off the bench, as opposed to starting. Weird, right? His speed and ability to play a couple of different positions is valuable, especially in situations where the Mets are playing for one run. I doubt he’ll serve as a defensive replacement because all three projected outfield starters can flash the glove on a consistent basis, but he can definitely be a solid option to turn the lineup over and kickstart a rally. In a less-than-perfect world, he serves as a starter in the event someone becomes injured or if Juan Lagares isn’t hitting.