Opinion: Jose Reyes, The Great White Whale

in doing some research on Jose Reyes, i found this old post from Buster Olney, which i found intriguing

In early June, in a post to his blog for ESPN.com, Olney wrote about the 26–year-old shortstop, while citing talent evaluators who doubt Reyes will ever be able to take his game to the ‘next level.’

In the end, Olney writes, “Rest assured, most teams would love to have Reyes… But, waiting for Reyes to develop into a superstar might turn out to be the Mets search for the great white whale; there’s a chance that it might never be satisfied. He might already be as good as he’s going to get.”

reyes confuses me, too… when he’s on fire, and clicking, and smiling, and dancing, and the team’s winning, and he’s stealing bases and legging out triples, he’s the most exciting player in the game… in 2006, talk radio was bogged down in debate about whether reyes was the best shortstop in New York, he was on the cover of ESPN: The Magazine’s Playoff Preview… and so on… and yet, here we are, just two years later, he’s been out most all of this season with a mysterious hamstring injury, and i can’t help and wonder if he is what he is… is this as good as he’ll be… is he ‘that player,’ you know, the guy who shows signs of greatness, who i believe is a super star, but who then drifts in to struggle, then back to greatness, then back to struggle, all interspersed with the occasional injury, talk of immaturity and a magazine cover

for instance, i have a good feeling about what David Wright is all about… even despite his awkward season this year, i still have a good sense of what wright will deliver on a year-in and year-out basis… but, with jose, it would not shock me if he won the MVP next season, so much as it would not shock me to see him hit .250…

in other words, i know jose can be great… my question is, will he be great… or, like olney says, will he end up being the team’s great white whale