Expect Ruben Tejada to get a lot of time at short in September

Posted: August 30, 2013 in News, Opinion
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By Steven Inmanuntitled

Terry Collins acknowledged that SS Ruben Tejada will be recalled during September call ups and will get a bulk of the playing time. Tejada who really hasn’t hit all that much to deserve a call up, recently has been getting hot. He’s now hitting .385/.444/.590 in his last 10 games which moves his Triple A line to .295/.347/.379 in 57 games with Las Vegas.

Tejada is a big league player but at this point it has become clear that he is not one Terry Collins favorites and they will likely need to address the shortstop position this winter.

Tejada has hit just .209 in 209 plate appearances for the Mets in 2013.

The Mets drafted Gavin Cecchini in the first round in 2012 but he is playing in short season, Brooklyn and is at least three years away.

Tejada will get a long look in  the final month to see what he is. I think when all is said and done, Tejada becomes a nice utility man who can play both middle infield positions kind of like a Maicer Izturis, Ramon Santiago type. The question is does he become that type of player here in Queens.

I wrote about a month ago that it was time to bring Tejada back up. You can check out that article here.

The questions about Tejada have always been about his bat. Tejada has one homer all year and that came in Thursday’s Las Vegas game. That being said he really struggled defensively in April and cost the Mets at least a game or two. Tejada will be one of many players competing for a 2014 job in September.

 

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Comments
  1. Michael Young says:

    Steve – Last year I had high hopes for Tejada. Last night one of the guys in the Mets booth said all Tejada needs to do is hit 250 and play defense. He should beable to do that until the Mets are able to draft the next Cal Ripkin or Ernie Babks. Mike

    • Steven Inman says:

      The problem Mike is, Tejada’s defense has drastically regressed this season. He was solid last year but this year he was dreadful in the field and practically an automatic out at the plate, He will get one more chance here with the Mets but unless he rakes for a month, the mets will look outside the organization for a shortstop

  2. YANN says:

    ALL BASEBALL FANS NEED TO WATCH THIS,AND STAND CAUSE THIS GUY DESERVES A CHANCE: http://www.youtube.com/edit?video_id=TiiabjPActo&ns=1&o=U

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