11/21/11

Cutnpaste: - Cesar Puello, David Wright, Daniel Murphy, Aderlin Rodriguez, Commissioner Sandy,

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Cesar Puello: Cesar’s season was not terrible, but it was not great either.  He surprised some people with his power display, which most of it game during a hot streak in middle of July.  He played an exceptional center field, and is already playing for Single-A St. Lucie as their lead off hitter at just 19 years of age.  However, with that has come with a lot of disappointments.  He has walked just 18 times all season in over 400 total at bats.  His batting average was a mediocre .260, and as a lead off hitter a .316 on-base percentage is just not going to cut it.  Another disappointment is the fact that the young speedster has just 19 steals on the season. Puello was also caught 9 times, so he may have been a little gun shy after getting caught almost 50 % of the time.  This is after he swiped 45 bags last season and looked like the next coming of Jose Reyes.  Scouts rave about Puello’s potential as a 4-tool player, but he showed some pop this season that may translate to bigger power number than originally thought.  If Cesar is going to continue his ascension through the Mets minor league system then he is going to need to progress and mature as a hitter and as a player.  He needs to learn more patience at the plate, and understand how to read pitchers better when attempting to steal.  All of those things will make him a much better player, and a much more dynamic lead off hitter. http://metsmerizedonline.com/2011/11/mets-top-position-player-prospects-were-disappointing-in-2011.html?utm_source=feedburner&utm_medium=twitter&utm_campaign=Feed%3A+MetsMerizedOnline-GetMetsmerized-NewYorkMets+%28Mets+Merized+Online%29

Hey, did you hear that the Mets are moving in the fences at Citi Field?  Yeah, so did all the other people in your league.  The consensus seems to be that the development can free David Wright up to return to his pre-Citi production.  I buy a moderate improvement, but it's worth remembering that his last great season was 2008.  By all accounts, he changed his approach when New York switched stadiums to be more pull-happy.  Maybe the more modest distances will free his mind, but it's a lot harder to restart a good habit than it is to drop it (take it from a guy who used to be skinny).  Be prepared to pay for more than 2009-11, but not 2008.  I suspect there will be people in your league willing to do just that. http://www.faketeams.com/2011/11/15/2561327/fantasy-baseball-2012-early-third-base-rankings-profiles

I'm not advocating that Daniel Murphy stay with the team forever.  I understand that the effort hes shown over the years and willingness to play wherever he is needed has rightfully developed a strong following amongst fans.  Its just that, for the reasons described above, the benefits of keeping Murphy in town through this season seem to far outweigh the risks.  Murphy may never be an all-star, but he is the type of player that can do a lot of good on this team and this team may never need him more than they do now http://networkedblogs.com/qkAqI

Alderson was hand-picked by Bud Selig to cut payroll and right the Mets ship from a financial perspective. Fred Wilpon couldn’t object because he had just requested a $25 million dollar loan from MLB to help him cover payroll and other expenses. Alderson’s job here has little to do with building a winner, and almost everything to do with putting the Mets in a position to pay back all the money it owes MLB and everyone else. For all the talk of Sandy Alderson’s vision of the Mets in 2014, I do not believe he will even be here with the Mets to see it. I’m certain that he will instead be the top candidate to replace Bud Selig when he retires after the 2012 season, and that Sandy Alderson could become the next commissioner of baseball http://metsmerizedonline.com/2011/11/where-theres-smoke.html?utm_source=feedburner&utm_medium=twitter&utm_campaign=Feed%3A+MetsMerizedOnline-GetMetsmerized-NewYorkMets+%28Mets+Merized+Online%29
 Aderlin Rodriguez:  Aderlin had just an awful year in 2011, aside from one highlight stat which was the fact that he drove in 77 RBI.  In saying that the power hitting third baseman regressed in almost every facet of the game that matters.  He was abysmal in the field as he made 35 errors manning the hot corner.  The player with the greatest power potential in the system hit just 17 home runs in a full seasons of 510 at bats.  After batting .290 and .300 in his first two professional season, his average dipped to unsightly levels as he finished the season hitting .222. Not only did he not hit, he did not get on base in any way with just 29 walks and a .286 on-base percentage.  With all of the that said there is still reason for optimism going into 2012.  His first two seasons in the pros were much better than what we saw in 2011, and to me that just speaks to a bad season, it happens.  He has youth on his side as he will be just 20 years of age on opening day next season. http://metsmerizedonline.com/2011/11/mets-top-position-player-prospects-were-disappointing-in-2011.html?utm_source=feedburner&utm_medium=twitter&utm_campaign=Feed%3A+MetsMerizedOnline-GetMetsmerized-NewYorkMets+%28Mets+Merized+Online%29

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