Cutnpaste: – Jose, David, Mejia, Second Base, K-Moto


I’m buying. The guy stole 30 bases with a bad oblique last season. I’m also buying because after Hanley, Tulo and Reyes, there is a Grand Canyon between him and next shortstop, whoever you have fourth. He is more expensive than most guys on this list, going in the third to fourth round of many 12-team drafts, but if he stays healthy, expect worst-case-scenario numbers of .280, 10 HR, 40 SB and 90 R. And I see potential for .300, 15 HR, 60 SB and 100 R.


I want to believe in David Wright. Why shouldn’t I? He’s a 5-time All-Star at a plus defensive position for the only organiziation to pay him for his baseball acumen. His power stroke returned to the tune of 29 HRs and a .503 SLG in 2010, making his inaugural season at Citi Field appear all the more aberrational. He just turned 28 last December, signaling that Wright’s peak years are upon us.



The 21-year-old Mejia threw batting practice Wednesday to a group that included David Wright, Ike Davis and Scott Hairston. He next will face batters Saturday, when he starts the Mets’ Grapefruit League opener against the Atlanta Braves at Digital Domain Park. Yet Mejia is pretty safely assured of being with the Triple-A Buffalo Bisons to begin this season, according to Collins, perhaps as the Opening Day starter against the Syracuse Chiefs on April 7.


Second Base:
Luis Castillo needs a strong spring to avoid being released, but Daniel Murphy cannot be considered the early front-runner to earn the second base job, Mets insiders say. With Grapefruit League action beginning on Saturday, the second base competition is genuinely open, and there is not internal consensus about the candidates. Many Mets decision-makers consider a healthy Castillo the best defensive option, but that might not be enough to keep him on the roster. Terry Collins has repeatedly said that second base has become more of an offensive position, a view shared by much of the front office. That does not bode well for Castillo


NPB Tracker credits Kent Tsuijimoto as the youngest ever draftee, age 15 in ’05, in Japanese baseball history. Drafted by Hanshin, he did not catch on with the big league team in five seasons, missing two entirely to injury, so he tried his hand at indy ball in ’10. For the Golden League’s Maui club he struck out 48 in 34 innings, but balanced that with plenty of baserunners allowed (33 hits, 15 walks).



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