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 Lucas Duda.
Mets 101 Player Review: 1B/OF Lucas Duda
2013 Stats: .223 Avg., 16 doubles, 15 homers, 33 RBI, 102 strikeouts, .352 OBP
2013 Story: The 27-year old Duda failed to get anywhere close to the level of production he enjoyed in 2010, his first full MLB season in which he hit .292 with ten homers and 50 RBI. Seeing time in the outfield and later at first base when Ike Davis was first demoted to AAA and later went down for the season with an injury in late August. First base is Duda's preferred postion and while he's been a good soldier in right field, his outfield defense is abysmal and with slick fielders like Juan Lagares, Matt den Dekker and Kirk Nieuwenhuis in the system, the Mets are better off using Duda exclusively in the infield.
On the positive, Duda did post his hightest on-base percentage of his career, drawing 55 walks in 384 plate appearances.
2013 Grade: C-
Contract Status: Pre-Arb Eligible
Odds of Returning: 70%
2014 Role: Unless Duda kills the ball in spring training, he'll be battling for a bench spot and depending on what kind of depth Sandy Alderson can find this winter, he could be looking at a trip to Las Vegas to start the year. Given his past numbers, Duda could be a bench option with some pop, but as the Mets look to transition into a contender, it doesn't look like he'll have much of a chance to start on a regular basis moving forward.
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