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 pinch-hit specialist extraordinaire, Jordany Valdespin.
2012 Stats:94 Games, .241 AVG, 28 Runs, 8 Home Run, 26 RBI, 10 Steals, .719 OPS
2012 Story: 2012 Jordany Valdespin reminds me a lot of 2011 Daniel Murphy. He is a man without a position in the field and is a lefty bat that can make meaningful productions in the Met lineup. We saw this year that Valdespin is absurdly athletic, has some power, but is at a point in his career where the mental portion of his game has yet to catch up to his physical gifts. Valdespin set a Met record this year with five pinch-hit home runs. During the mid-season collapse, he provided a spark and was a silver lining in what became a lost season. Valdespin is only 24 years old and 2012 was his rookie campaign. He showed Met fans that he has the tools to play in this league and hopefully he could build on this season moving forward.
Odds of Returning: 80%
2013 role:The entire Met outfield is up in the air at this point. Depending on what the Mets do in free agency or the trade market, I see no reason why Valdespin cannot go out there and win a starting outfield position in spring training.
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