Now that the 2012 season has concluded for the New York Mets, we have taken a look at overall breakdowns for the offense, starting rotation, and bullpen this past season. We will now take a look at every player on the roster from A (Manny Acosta) to Y (Chris Young) as our Mets 101 Player Review series returns. In each review we will take a look at one player's 2012 performance and what role, if any, they can expect to have with the Mets in 2013. Today we will look at shortstop Ruben Tejada.
2012 Stats: 114 Games, 464 At Bats, .289 Batting Average, 1 Home Run, 25 RBI's, 53 Runs Scored, 4 Stolen Bases, .333 On Base Percentage
2012 Story: Ruben Tejada entered 2012 with huge shoes to fill. Tejada was handed the shortstop job and was expected to follow the greatest shortstop in franchise history, Jose Reyes. Tejada proved to be up for the challenge, and his development was one of the bright spots of the 2012 season. Tejada had always been known as a defensive wizard, but his bat finally began catching up to the glove in 2012. Tejada batted a career best .289 and managed to settle into the leadoff spot of the batting order. Tejada missed a month while dealing with a quadriceps injury, but was able to bounce back and be a steady presence for the Mets throughout the season.
Contract Status: Pre-Arbitration Eligible
Odds of Returning: 100 Percent
2013 Role: Starting Shortstop
Ruben Tejada isn't going anywhere. Tejada looks to be the man at shortstop for the near future, and he should continue to develop as he is only 23 years old. Tejada still can improve with the bat, particularly in terms of drawing walks. Tejada only drew 27 walks in 2012, and if he can boost that figure his on base percentage can get closer to the .350 mark. Tejada's defense is unquestioned, and his defensive ability should continue to help the pitching staff. If Tejada can take another leap forward in 2013, Mets fans may slowly begin to forget the loss of Jose Reyes.
Check back tomorrow for Mets 101's Player Review of Josh Thole!
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