When Kirk Nieuwenhuis was called up on April 7th, I’m sure a lot of people weren’t expecting Captain Kirk to have an major impact on the team going forward into the season. Guess what? He has. Luckily, he has done all that and more for the Amazin’s.
Not only has Nieuwenhuis provided the Mets with some key hits offensively, but his defensive ability has really shined and boosted the Mets outfield defensive alignment.
With Jason Bay set to be activated today, could Kirk’s playing time become reduced and somewhat limited?
With Andres Torres starting to swing a hot stick offensively, and Lucas Duda currently the team’s top power source, Terry Collins has a tough call to make in terms of his outfield alignment going forward.
Sadly, I believe Kirk might be one of the guys on his way out. If he is not going to be in the outfield almost every night, he would more than likely be a bench-warmer. If Kirk is only going to be used in defensive switches and pinch-hitting situations, it would be wise for the team to send him back to AAA to have him roam the outfield for the Bisons and play everyday.
Kirk Nieuwenhuis has the skills and the ability to become the Mets full-time center-fielder in the near future. It’s only a matter of time. He does have some pop to his bat, and has good range in the outfield. But as much as I don’t want to see him go, tough decisions will be made and I think Kirk will be prominent in those discussions.