In this edition of MMO Fair or Foul, Seth Shapiro of Mets Fever picks apart some of the Mets newbies in his post entitled “Mets Home-Grown Talent Overrated“. Here are a few snippets from his post, but I would urge you to read it in it’s entirety so that you can see everything in context.
Lucas Duda – I just cannot get a read on this kid. He has a ton of power and at times seems to have a very good idea at the plate as he has shown he is capable of hitting to all parts of the field. However, can we honestly sit here and say that he is a long term solution the Mets OF?
Ruben Tejada – Tejada has gotten off to a hot start after replacing another home-grown talent in “you know who.” His defense is solid which is a necessity at SS; however, I am not confident that he will be able to sustain enough offensive production to be a long term answer. I think after the honeymoon period is over with the fans, Tejada is going to be under a lot of pressure to produce offensively, and I just don’t know if he has it in him. One thing I know is for sure, the Mets will not be able to contend with Tejada in the lead-off or two hole in the lineup. He is not that type of hitter and I am sure by the end of this year he will find himself in the 7th or 8th spot.
Josh Thole – I do not know about you but I have already seen enough of Josh Thole. I do not understand why the organization is so enamored with this guy.
Kirk Nieuwenhuis – I have seen this dance before. A kid comes up from the minors and produces immediately while the fan base gets extremely excited as if they just found the next Albert Pujols. Nieuwenhuis has been fantastic so far in 2012, but is he going to sustain it? I find it hard to believe that in 2 months we will still be talking about him as a possible ROY candidate.
Seth conclude his article by saying, “Right now, I just do not see enough star potential in any of their home-grown players to get overly excited.”
I would say that if you think every position needs to be manned by a star, you’re not grasping the team concept that it takes to win a championship.
I don’t have a crystal ball and I can’t vouch that Tejada, Davis, Thole, Duda and Murphy will become stars, but I do see some very productive major league careers for all of them.
And if only one of these players does become a bonafide star and the others simply produce at an acceptable level, it’s still a big feather in the cap for the New York Mets any way you slide it.
Based on that notion alone, Mets fans should be very excited especially when you consider that our top organizational prospects are still to come.
Tell us your thoughts… Are the Mets homegrown players overrated?