Allan Dykstra is playing winter ball in Venezuela with the Magallanes Navigators and is tearing up the league batting .412/.512/.559 in his first 12 games of the season. He is currently on a seven-game hitting streak and has hit safely in all but one of his 12 games with two doubles and a home run.
Fresh off winning the 2013 Sterling Player of the Year award, when he hit .274/.436/.503 with 21 HR’s and 82 RBI’s in 372 at bats, Dykstra is highly motivated and is preparing himself for a solid start at Triple-A Vegas and a possible major league debut in 2014.
With first base a huge issue on the major league roster, Dykstra is giving the Mets front office a reason to look his way as he continues to flatten baseballs.
Sandy Alderson praised his approach at the end of the season saying, “He has had a great season, and he has approached the game, offensively, the way the organization hopes to approach the game at the major-league level. I’m hopeful that he can be rewarded for that.”
There’s no telling if he may be the answer at first base in the future, but he’s certainly giving the Mets and fans cause to be hopeful.
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