Eric Young Jr: The Mets Fourth Outfielder of the Future

An article by posted on August 13, 2013

I think I’m going to have to step back from Mets Twitter for awhile. I see things flash across my timeline that just make me want to unplug my monitor and blast it to smithereens.

After responding to one Mets blogger who remarked that Juan Lagares had a terrible arm after that baseball skipped by Wilmer Flores last night, I needed to school him on why he was totally wrong.

It is because of Lagares’ arm, that Mets center fielders lead the major leagues with 12 outfield assists. Lagares himself, also leads the NL in assists with nine, while playing in about 40 less games than anyone else who comes close. The gifted centerfielder  is also among the MLB leaders in defensive runs saved according to John Dewan of the Fielding Bible.

eric youngAfter I got done wrapping up that mess, another tweet saying that we have our “left fielder of the future” flashes before my eyes. No doubt a reference to Eric Young who had just stroked a single… Dag nab it… What the heck is the matter with some people?

Young went 2-for-5 last night… wonderful…

Look… As I said yesterday, I’m really digging what Eric Young Jr. is doing since being acquired in a waiver trade for Collin McHugh. Honestly, I am…

But can we please stop this “we’re all set at left field” nonsense now?

We’re NOT set at left field. Young has exceeded expectations, but to think he’s anything, but a utility outfielder going forward is a bit too much.

At the plate, Young is batting .204/.250/.265 with a .515 OPS in 53 plate appearances in August.

He has already lost 100 points in batting average which some are calling a slump. It’s not a slump… Just ask any Colorado Rockies fan you know.

What we have here is not our left fielder of the future, but merely our fourth outfielder of the future.

Sorry EY, nothing personal…

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