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March 14, 2017

Position Battles

National League East

by Tim Finnegan


New York Mets

Infield

The Mets infield features a few players coming off of injuries. Neil Walker, Lucas Duda and David Wright all dealt with back injuries last season, and Wright currently cannot throw a baseball because the muscles in his shoulder aren’t firing properly after neck surgery. As a result, Jose Reyes will start at third base and hit leadoff. Asdrubal Cabrera, who has had knee problems in the past few seasons, will play short, with top 10 prospect Amed Rosario waiting in the wings. Wilmer Flores will serve as the utility infielder capable of playing all four positions and will likely get a lot of at bats against left handed pitchers. The biggest risk to lose playing time is Lucas Duda, who has already complained of a stiff back and hips early in spring and is coming off a poor season where he was a significantly below average first baseman offensively. At catcher, Travis d’Arnaud is expected to get most of the playing time to start the season, with Rene Rivera serving as the backup. d’Arnaud has about as much upside as any catcher in the game with a fast bat and excellent pitch framing, but his frequent injuries and tendency to over-tinker with his swing have stalled his progress.

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