Now that the 2013 season has concluded for the New York Mets, we have taken a look at overall breakdowns for the offense, starting pitching, and bullpen this past season. We will now take a look at every player on the roster from A (David Aardsma) to Y (Eric Young Jr) as our Mets 101 Player Review Series returns for its third year. In each review we will take a look at the player's 2013 performance and what role, if any, they can expect to have with the Mets in 2014. We continue our series today with a look at outfielder Mike Baxter.
2013 Stats: 74 GP, 132 AB, 14 R, 25 H, 6 2B, 0 HR, 4 RBI, 5 SB, .189 BA, .553 OPS
2013 Story: Mike Baxter was a big part of the 2012 New York Mets. As a Queens native, it was a nice story of a local kid making his way up to the big leagues to play for his hometown team. Many expected Baxter to take another step forward in 2013 but those people were woefully disappointed. Baxter struggled mightily in 2013 and found himself in Triple-A Las Vegas for a good portion of the season. Baxter’s 2013 season showed that he is probably best suited for a pinch-hitting role as the fourth or fifth outfielder.
2013 Grade: D. Baxter could never get his season going in 2013 and eventually got buried on the depth chart.
Contract Status: Arbitration Eligible (First Time).
Odds of Returning: 10%
2014 Role:The Mets already have a crowded outfield corps for next season. With guys like Juan Lagares, Matt den Dekker, Eric Young Jr., Lucas Duda plus whoever the Mets sign in the off season (Choo or Ellsbury will be top targets) in the fold, the odds are stacked against Baxter making the team out of camp. The Mets also face a 40 man roster crunch in the offseason, and Baxter's spot could be in jeopardy in order to make room for prospects like Jacob DeGrom and Cory Vaughn. Either way, Baxter's time on the major league roster has likely come and gone.
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