Today, Mets outfield prospect Travis Taijeron was named the South Atlantic League’s Player of the Week.
The Mets’ 18th-round pick last June, Taijeron has been a run-producing machine for the Sand Gnats. The 23-year-old outfielder homered twice, doubled and drove in five runs at Lexington on Monday, went deep again Wednesday, then ripped off three straight three-hit games while extending his RBI streak to six games. Taijeron ranks second in the Sally League with seven homers, third with a .606 slugging percentage and seventh with 23 RBIs in 28 games.
Taijeron posted a slash of .542/.593/1.125 in six games with three doubles, one triple, three home runs and 12 RBI in 24 at-bats.
I got a chance to see Taijeron play a few times and love his natural power stroke which reminds me a lot of a the Phillies’ Hunter Pence.
The Mets selected Taijeron in the 18th round of the 2011 Draft and it didn’t take him long to start making some noise in his first year as a pro.
Last season, Taijeron appeared in 56 games for the Brooklyn Cyclones where he batted .299/.387/.557 in 225 plate appearances. A remarkable 27 of his 58 hits were for extra-bases and while his strikeouts were incredibly high at 64 K’s, he did maintain a very nice contact rate and also walked 22 times.
The Mets had Taijeron start this season in Savannah where he picked up right where he left off and is among the top five in the league is several offensive categories. In 28 games played, he is batting .313/.434/.606 in 99 at-bats with seven home runs, 23 RBI, 23 runs scored and 60 total bases.
In a recent interview with MLB.com, Taijeron talked about what he hopes to accomplish this season:
“My goals are to just move up to the next level and keep working hard,” he said. “I challenge myself to get better, whether it’s reads off the bat or just hit in the cage before every game. There is so much room for improvement in baseball; no one is perfect.”
At this rate, Travis Taijeron could find himself promoted to St. Lucie before the All Star break. This is certainly a player to watch, Met fans.