With David Wright and Jay Bruce on rehab assignments, all eyes right now are on the St. Lucie Mets. Given that being the case, this is the opportunity for a player to perform well and distinguish himself.
The Mets 2015 second round pick Desmond Lindsay is doing that just.
Since being activated from the seven day disabled list, Lindsay is 7-for-20 with a double, homer, and five RBI in six games.
This is the level of production you should come to expect from a player now Vice President of Scouting Tommy Tanous describes as an “offensive machine.”
While the Mets were obviously high enough on him to dub him as such, the problem is Lindsay has not quite earned the moniker. Even with the recent hit streak, he’s hitting just .235/.323/.333 with 13 doubles, four triples, three homers, and 29 RBI.
Seeing the results, you’d be inclined to believe this was just the case of the Mets overhyping a player. It wasn’t.
Entering this year, John Sickels of Minor League Ball said of Lindsay, “shows solid-average power at his best with decent strike zone judgment and above-average speed.”
Baseball America noted Lindsay has power to all fields, and overall “has power-speed potential and a discerning batting eye.”
Top to bottom, scouts and analysts are high on Lindsay and his abilities. Clearly, there’s either a disconnect or some logical reason why we haven’t seen an offensive machine.
That reason is Lindsay’s medical issues.
Last year, Lindsay needed an updated eyeglass prescription and season ending ulnar transposition surgery. In the previous two years, he had hamstring issues. In fact, the hamstring issues date back to high school, and it may have had an impact on his draft stock.
Unfortunately, he’d also hit the disabled list with what Ernest Dove of MMN reported to be an arm injury.
On the bright side, the hamstring issues which plagued Lindsay in high school no longer seem to be an issue. With the way he’s hit since returning, it seems the arm issues are behind him.
All that’s left remaining is for Lindsay to play everyday and hone his skills so he can emerge as the five tool player the Mets thought he was when he was drafted.
With him hitting .325/.391/.475 with three doubles and a homer in the Month of August, he’s off to a good start.