Terry Collins has recently made a point to tell Kirk Nieuwenhuis that, despite the additions of Curtis Granderson, Eric Young Jr. and Chris Young since the middle of last season and the impressive play by Juan Lagares, he is not an afterthought, according to Adam Rubin.
Nieuwenhuis hit .189/.278/.337 with 18 hits, 14 RBI’s and three home runs in 95 at-bats last season. He was not selected for a September call-up.
Rubin writes that Collins had this to say about his conversation with Nieuwenhuis on Tuesday:
“I said, ‘Listen, there’s a lot of talk about Curtis. And there’s a lot of talk about Chris and Lagares.’ I said, ‘Two years ago the talk was about you, and you fought some injuries — some bad injuries.’ You know, he hurt his shoulder very bad. Then he had the foot issue. I said, ‘Listen, you can still play. There’s a job here for Kirk Nieuwenhuis, but you’ve got to go and show us you’re the player that we all know you can be.”
If Nieuwenhuis, puts up similar numbers as he did in 2012 when he hit .252, with 12 doubles, seven home runs, and 28 RBI’s, he will be a needed bat off the bench and can add additional depth to the outfield situation.