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2015 Full Season Projections (seasonal age 24)
PA AVG HR R RBI SB TAv WARP
90 .244 1 8 7 1 .245 0.2
Birth Date10-27-1989
Height5' 11"
Weight200 lbs
Age25 years, 6 months, 28 days
BatsR
ThrowsR
2.32011
2.02012
0.12013
2.92014
0.22015
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WARP Summary

Projected Rest-of-Season Playing Time

Last Update: 5/25/2015 07:59 ET | Mets Depth Chart

Team Pos Order PT% PA AVG R HR RBI SB OBP SLG WARP TAv
NYN SS 7 10 46 .244 8 1 7 1 .306 .315 0.2 .245
NYN SS 8 10 44 .244 8 1 7 1 .306 .315 0.2 .245
2014 Rest-of-Season Totals2090.2448171.306.3150.2.245

Standard

YEAR TEAM AGE G PA AB R H 2B 3B HR TB BB SO HBP SF SH RBI SB CS AVG OBP SLG TAv VORP FRAA WARP
2010 NYN 20 78 255 216 28 46 12 0 1 61 22 38 8 3 6 15 2 2 .213 .305 .282 .226 1.0 -0.1 0.1
2011 NYN 21 96 376 328 31 93 15 1 0 110 35 50 6 3 4 36 5 1 .284 .360 .335 .274 20.8 0.3 2.3
2012 NYN 22 114 501 464 53 134 26 0 1 163 27 73 5 2 3 25 4 4 .289 .333 .351 .262 24.4 -5.4 2.0
2013 NYN 23 57 227 208 20 42 12 0 0 54 15 24 1 0 3 10 2 1 .202 .259 .260 .203 -1.9 3.1 0.1
2014 NYN 24 119 419 355 30 84 11 0 5 110 50 73 8 2 4 34 1 2 .237 .342 .310 .261 16.3 10.3 2.9
2015 NYN 25 19 52 45 6 9 3 0 1 15 7 11 0 0 4 0 0 .200 .308 .333 .294 4.4 -0.1 0.5
Career4831830161616840879185131562692810201241410.252.327.317.25365.18.17.9

Advanced

'opp' stats - Quality of opponents faced - have been moved and are available only as OPP_QUAL in the Statistics reports now.
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YEAR Team Lg G PA TAv oppAVG oppOBP oppSLG oppTAv BABIP BPF BRAA repLVL POS_ADJ FRAA BRR BVORP BWARP VORP WARP
2007 MTS Rk 35 149 .259 .258 .351 .366 .251 .321 102 -0.1 4.1 1.4 4.8 0.1 6.6 1.1 6.6 1.1
2007 vme Rk 32 149 .000 .000 .000 .000 .000 .410 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0
2008 SLU A+ 131 555 .221 .249 .322 .362 .248 .263 98 -23.4 16.5 7.6 2.3 2.0 4.0 0.6 4.0 0.6
2009 BIN AA 134 553 .262 .253 .329 .373 .263 .310 98 0.9 15.4 6.3 -8.7 1.8 27.1 1.9 27.1 1.9
2010 NYN MLB 78 255 .226 .257 .324 .403 .268 .250 90 -8.9 7.0 1.1 -0.1 2.2 1.0 0.1 1.0 0.1
2010 BUF AAA 65 244 .228 .264 .332 .406 .254 .319 104 -8.7 7.4 3 4.0 0.6 1.6 0.5 1.6 0.5
2011 NYN MLB 96 376 .274 .252 .313 .387 .257 .331 96 5.1 10.1 1.7 0.3 1.8 20.8 2.3 20.8 2.3
2011 BUF AAA 54 231 .241 .261 .323 .405 .253 .274 92 -5.3 7.2 3.2 -2.5 2.4 5.9 0.3 5.9 0.3
2012 NYN MLB 114 501 .262 .254 .312 .402 .257 .339 97 0.9 13.7 6.3 -5.4 2.4 24.4 2.0 24.4 2.0
2012 SLU A+ 2 9 .189 .254 .324 .387 .245 .143 116 -0.7 0.3 0.1 -0.3 0.1 -0.2 -0.1 -0.2 -0.1
2012 BUF AAA 6 21 .152 .260 .322 .404 .253 .235 99 -2.6 0.6 0.3 -0.2 0.8 -0.8 -0.1 -0.8 -0.1
2012 PAN int 4 18 .000 .000 .000 .000 .000 .385 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0
2013 NYN MLB 57 227 .203 .252 .310 .394 .256 .228 97 -12.3 6.0 2.7 3.1 1.8 -1.9 0.1 -1.9 0.1
2013 LVG AAA 60 269 .252 .277 .342 .423 .268 .316 113 -2.3 7.7 3.5 -2.1 2.7 13.3 1.1 13.3 1.1
2013 MTS Rk 3 10 .252 .228 .286 .322 .231 .750 104 -0.1 0.3 0.1 0.1 0.1 0.4 0.0 0.4 0.0
2014 NYN MLB 119 419 .261 .254 .313 .388 .264 .283 95 0.3 10.8 4.9 10.3 -2.5 16.3 2.9 16.3 2.9
2015 NYN MLB 19 52 .294 .263 .326 .396 .273 .242 94 1.7 1.3 0.3 -0.1 0.5 4.4 0.5 4.4 0.5

Statistics For All Levels

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Year Team Lg PA R H 2B 3B HR RBI BB SO SB CS AVG OBP SLG ISO TAv VORP FRAA WARP
2007 MTS Rk 149 13 34 4 3 0 16 19 16 2 1 .283 .401 .367 .083 .259 6.6 4.8 1.1
2007 vme Rk 149 32 44 5 0 3 25 19 19 16 5 .364 .469 .479 .116 .000 0.0 0.0 0.0
2008 SLU A+ 555 55 114 19 4 2 37 41 77 8 5 .229 .290 .296 .066 .221 4.0 2.3 0.6
2009 BIN AA 553 59 141 24 3 5 46 37 59 19 3 .289 .343 .381 .092 .262 27.1 -8.7 1.9
2010 NYN MLB 255 28 46 12 0 1 15 22 38 2 2 .213 .305 .282 .069 .226 1.0 -0.1 0.1
2010 BUF AAA 244 25 61 11 0 1 16 14 36 1 3 .280 .322 .344 .064 .228 1.6 4.0 0.5
2011 BUF AAA 231 26 51 7 3 3 21 19 30 4 2 .246 .314 .353 .106 .241 5.9 -2.5 0.3
2011 NYN MLB 376 31 93 15 1 0 36 35 50 5 1 .284 .360 .335 .052 .274 20.8 0.3 2.3
2012 SLU A+ 9 1 1 1 0 0 0 0 2 0 0 .111 .111 .222 .111 .189 -0.2 -0.3 -0.1
2012 NYN MLB 501 53 134 26 0 1 25 27 73 4 4 .289 .333 .351 .062 .262 24.4 -5.4 2.0
2012 PAN int 18 2 5 3 0 0 3 1 3 0 0 .312 .353 .500 .188 .000 0.0 0.0 0.0
2012 BUF AAA 21 3 4 1 0 0 2 1 3 0 0 .200 .238 .250 .050 .152 -0.8 -0.2 -0.1
2013 LVG AAA 269 38 69 14 1 2 24 14 30 1 1 .287 .337 .379 .092 .252 13.3 -2.1 1.1
2013 MTS Rk 10 1 3 1 0 0 2 0 5 0 0 .333 .400 .444 .111 .252 0.4 0.1 0.0
2013 NYN MLB 227 20 42 12 0 0 10 15 24 2 1 .202 .259 .260 .058 .203 -1.9 3.1 0.1
2014 NYN MLB 419 30 84 11 0 5 34 50 73 1 2 .237 .342 .310 .073 .261 16.3 10.3 2.9
2015 NYN MLB 52 6 9 3 0 1 4 7 11 0 0 .200 .308 .333 .133 .294 4.4 -0.1 0.5

Plate Discipline

YEAR PITCHES ZONE_RT SWING_RT CONTACT_RT Z_SWING_RT O_SWING_RT Z_CONTACT_RT O_CONTACT_RT SW_STRK_RT
2010 906 0.5464 0.4425 0.8325 0.6121 0.2360 0.8977 0.6289 0.1600
2011 1411 0.5443 0.4826 0.8458 0.6667 0.2628 0.9004 0.6805 0.1512
2012 1883 0.5247 0.4633 0.8657 0.6387 0.2682 0.9350 0.6833 0.1320
2013 857 0.5449 0.4434 0.8816 0.5889 0.2692 0.9527 0.6952 0.1132
2014 1547 0.5275 0.4648 0.8303 0.6483 0.2599 0.8922 0.6579 0.1683
2015 184 0.4946 0.4402 0.8025 0.6703 0.2151 0.8525 0.6500 0.1975
Career67880.5340.46170.84940.63770.25960.91310.67030.1474

Injury History  —  No longer being updated

Last Update: 12/31/2014 23:59 ET

Date On Date Off Transaction Days Games Side Body Part Injury Severity Surgery Date Reaggravation
2014-03-01 2014-03-07 Camp 6 0 Left Thigh Strain Hamstring - -
2013-09-19 2013-09-30 DTD 11 11 Right Lower Leg Fracture Fibula - -
2013-05-30 2013-07-06 15-DL 37 33 Right Thigh Strain Quadriceps - -
2013-02-25 2013-02-27 Camp 2 0 Left Thigh Tightness Quadriceps - -
2012-05-07 2012-06-24 15-DL 48 44 Right Thigh Strain Quadriceps - -
2012-03-12 2012-03-20 Camp 8 0 Left Groin Strain - -
2011-09-02 2011-09-04 DTD 2 2 Left Hand Contusion - -

Compensation

Year Team Salary
2016 NYN $
2015 NYN $1,880,000
2014 NYN $1,100,000
2013 NYN $514,701
2012 NYN $491,209
2011 NYN $
2010 NYN $400,000
YearsDescriptionSalary
4 yrPrevious$2,505,910
2011Current$1,880,000
5 yrPvs + Cur$4,385,910
5 yrTotal$4,385,910

 

Service TimeAgentContract Status
3 y 171 dPeter Greenberg1 year/$1.88M (2015)

Details
  • 1 year/$1.88M (2015). Re-signed by NY Mets 1/16/15 (avoided arbitration).
  • 1 year/$1.1M (2014). Re-signed by NY Mets 1/15/14 (avoided arbitration).
  • 1 year/$514,701 (2013). Re-signed by NY Mets 3/3/13.
  • 1 year/$491,209 (2012). Re-signed by NY Mets 3/12.
  • 1 year (2011). Re-signed by NY Mets 3/2/11.
  • 1 year/$0.4M (2010). Contract purchased by NY Mets 4/5/10.
  • Signed by NY Mets 2006 as an amateur free agent from Panama.

2015 Preseason Forecast

Last Update: 3/15/2015 05:35 ET

PCT PA R H 2B 3B HR RBI BB SO SB CS AVG OBP SLG TAv VORP FRAA WARP
90o 300 29 73 14 0 2 26 25 43 2 1 .279 .346 .370 .277 15.9 SS 0 1.7
80o 283 27 66 13 0 2 24 23 41 2 1 .267 .332 .353 .266 12.1 SS 0 1.3
70o 270 25 62 12 0 2 22 21 40 2 1 .258 .322 .341 .258 9.6 SS 0 1.0
60o 260 23 58 11 0 2 21 20 39 2 1 .251 .314 .331 .251 7.6 SS 0 0.8
50o 250 22 55 11 0 2 20 18 38 1 1 .244 .306 .322 .245 5.9 SS 0 0.6
40o 240 21 50 10 0 1 18 17 37 1 1 .237 .298 .312 .239 4.2 SS 0 0.5
30o 230 19 46 9 0 1 17 16 36 1 1 .230 .290 .302 .232 2.6 SS 0 0.3
20o 217 18 42 8 0 1 16 15 34 1 1 .221 .280 .290 .224 0.9 SS 0 0.1
10o 200 16 37 7 0 1 14 13 32 1 1 .210 .266 .274 .213 -1.2 SS 0 -0.1
Weighted Mean2522256110220193821.245.308.324.2466.3SS 00.7

2015 Rest-of-Season Forecast

Last Update: 5/25/2015 08:28 ET

PCT PA R H 2B 3B HR RBI BB SO SB CS AVG OBP SLG TAv VORP FRAA WARP
90o 300 29 73 14 0 2 26 25 43 2 1 .279 .346 .379 .277 16.0 SS 0 1.7
80o 283 27 66 13 0 2 24 23 41 2 1 .267 .332 .361 .266 12.2 SS 0 1.3
70o 270 25 62 12 0 2 22 21 40 2 1 .258 .322 .349 .258 9.7 SS 0 1.0
60o 260 23 58 11 0 2 21 20 39 2 1 .251 .314 .338 .252 7.7 SS 0 0.8
50o 250 22 55 11 0 2 20 18 38 1 1 .244 .306 .328 .245 5.9 SS 0 0.6
40o 240 21 50 10 0 1 19 17 37 1 1 .237 .298 .318 .239 4.3 SS 0 0.4
30o 230 19 46 9 0 1 17 16 36 1 1 .230 .290 .308 .232 2.7 SS 0 0.3
20o 217 18 42 8 0 1 16 15 34 1 1 .222 .280 .296 .224 0.9 SS 0 0.1
10o 200 16 37 7 0 1 14 13 32 1 1 .210 .267 .279 .214 -1.2 SS 0 -0.1
Weighted Mean2522256110220193821.246.308.331.2476.3SS 00.7

Diagnostics

Breakout Rate Improve Rate Collapse Rate Attrition Rate MLB %
2% 46% 7% 10% 94%

Long-Term Forecast (Beyond the 2015 Projections)

Playing time estimates are based on performance, not Depth Charts.
Year Age PA R H 2B 3B HR RBI BB SO SB AVG OBP SLG TAv WARP VORP BRR POS_ADJ REP_ADJ RAA FRAA
201626368367715022826572.233.299.299.2310.65.41.54.54.0-4.6-0.1
2017275696012024085142903.237.303.332.2441.110.52.36.84.0-2.6-0.2
2018285485611724054540912.239.304.320.2401.09.32.26.43.3-2.6-0.2
2019295235311121054238852.236.302.313.2350.98.12.16.03.1-3.0-0.2
2020305135210721054238851.233.298.312.2330.87.62.15.72.9-3.1-0.2
2021315095210620054138881.232.298.310.2340.87.62.25.52.2-2.3-0.2
2022325025010220054038860.228.297.307.2330.87.42.25.31.7-1.8-0.2
202333474479619043735820.227.295.302.2300.77.02.14.90.1-0.1-0.2

Upside By Year

2015 2016 2017 2018 2019 2020 PEAK 5
36.424.935.22110.324.9127.8

Comparable Players (Similarity Index 79)

Rank Score Name Year TAv Trend
1 86 Aaron Hill 2007 .277
2 84 Asdrubal Cabrera 2011 .283
3 84 Yuniesky Betancourt 2007 .257
4 84 Russ Adams 2006 .205
5 83 Sean Burroughs 2006 .192
6 83 Blake DeWitt 2011 .255
7 83 Alex Cintron 2004 .225
8 83 Dioner Navarro 2009 .203
9 82 Elvis Andrus 2014 .241
10 82 Erick Aybar 2009 .264
11 82 Everth Cabrera 2012 .248
12 82 Steve Lombardozzi 2014 .223
13 81 Michael Brantley 2012 .271
14 81 Yunel Escobar 2008 .268
15 81 Barry Larkin 1989 .310
16 80 Ken Oberkfell 1981 .281
17 80 Tony Fernandez 1987 .283
18 80 Francisco Cervelli 2011 .258
19 80 Harvey Kuenn 1956 .299
20 80 Maicer Izturis 2006 .268
21 80 Melky Cabrera 2010 .249
22 80 Stephen Drew 2008 .287
23 80 Kevin Stocker 1995 .215
24 80 J.J. Hardy 2008 .280
25 80 Alcides Escobar 2012 .252
26 80 Ron Hunt 1966 .278
27 80 Gregg Jefferies 1993 .318
28 80 Alexi Casilla 2010 .246
29 79 Jim Gilliam 1954 .269
30 79 Jose Reyes 2008 .294
31 79 Ted Sizemore 1970 .267
32 79 Omar Infante 2007 .226
33 79 Ronnie Belliard 2000 .258
34 79 Mike Andrews 1969 .298
35 79 Scott Fletcher 1984 .246
36 79 Kurt Suzuki 2009 .258
37 79 Yadier Molina 2008 .254
38 79 Pete Rose 1966 .286
39 79 Marwin Gonzalez 2014 .261
40 78 Martin Prado 2009 .284
41 78 Robin Ventura 1993 .283
42 78 Jerry Hairston 2001 .238
43 78 Chuck Knoblauch 1994 .279
44 78 Nellie Fox 1953 .268
45 78 Wade Boggs 1983 .325
46 78 Mark Grace 1989 .310
47 78 John Donaldson 1968 .239
48 78 Alberto Callaspo 2008 .260
49 78 Jerry Browne 1991 .216
50 78 Roberto Alomar 1993 .306
51 78 Dave Cash 1973 .261
52 78 Tony Gwynn 1985 .283
53 78 Alan Trammell 1983 .306
54 78 Buddy Bell 1977 .273
55 77 Jerry Kenney 1970 .220
56 77 Jose Oquendo 1989 .281
57 77 Rafael Palmeiro 1990 .290
58 77 Wayne Causey 1962 .242
59 77 Greg Gross 1978 .248
60 77 Edgardo Alfonzo 1999 .298
61 77 Quilvio Veras 1996 .268
62 77 Dave Magadan 1988 .300
63 77 Rich Rollins 1963 .295
64 77 Matt Lawton 1997 .275
65 77 Luis Valbuena 2011 .183
66 77 Scott Cooper 1993 .266
67 77 Willie Randolph 1980 .314
68 77 Josh Thole 2012 .207
69 77 Ken Boswell 1971 .260
70 77 Ronny Cedeno 2008 .246
71 77 Jose Lopez 2009 .260
72 77 Steve Braun 1973 .303
73 77 Bernard Gilkey 1992 .298
74 77 Cliff Pennington 2009 .257
75 77 Manny Jimenez 1964 .241
76 76 Mike Hargrove 1975 .299
77 76 Dave Chalk 1976 .234
78 76 Terry Puhl 1982 .268
79 76 Al Gallagher 1971 .263
80 76 Dustin Ackley 2013 .251
81 76 Mike Cubbage 1976 .259
82 76 Dion James 1988 .261
83 76 Ryan Sweeney 2010 .256
84 76 Chris Speier 1975 .281
85 76 Brent Gates 1995 .234
86 76 Steve Ontiveros 1977 .283
87 76 Bruce Bochte 1976 .257
88 76 Joe Keough 1971 .246
89 76 Jose Tabata 2014 .228
90 76 Alexi Amarista 2014 .245
91 76 Hosken Powell 1980 .236
92 76 Emmanuel Burriss 2010 .311
93 76 Dick McAuliffe 1965 .287
94 76 Tim McCarver 1967 .316
95 76 Jason Kendall 1999 .326
96 76 Toby Harrah 1974 .272
97 76 Jose Vidro 2000 .303
98 76 Ernest Riles 1986 .249
99 76 Jeremy Reed 2006 .213
100 76 Daniel Descalso 2012 .240

Platoon

SORT_FIELD PLATOON AVG OBP SLG TAv
10 vs L (Multi) .267 .365 .318 .271
11 vs R (Multi) .235 .314 .308 .245
18 Split (Multi) -.032 -.052 -.010 -.026
19 LgAvg (Multi) -.016 -.025 -.039 -.021
30 vs L (2014) .238 .369 .262 .261
31 vs R (2014) .236 .333 .325 .261
38 Split (2014) -.002 -.036 .063 -.000
39 LgAvg (2014) -.016 -.025 -.036 -.021

BP Annual Player Comments

YearComment
2015 Due to publishing agreements, the 2015 player comments and team essays are only available in the Baseball Prospectus 2015 book (available in hardcopy, e-book, and Kindle).
2014 Tejada’s was a lost season if ever there was one. He didn’t just regress in every conceivable category, he had his work ethic called into question from the beginning of spring training. When Tejada and Ike Davis were sent down following terrible starts, the organization wasn’t subtle about which player it wanted to succeed, and which was persona non grata. Tejada’s minor-league numbers in 2013 mirrored his major-league contributions a year earlier, yet he earned only a September cameo despite Omar Quintanilla’s uninspiring three-month stewardship of shortstop.
2013 So-called "secondary" skills on offense (whether that be power, walks, base-stealing, getting hit by pitches, or being really good at drawing catcher's interference) are great, but if you're a shortstop who can put up a .289 batting average and play non-awful defense, you can make some money without them. Tejada gets good marks for maturity, polish, and all those other not-tools words, though Collins was reportedly miffed that Tejada dared to show up merely on time for spring training rather than reporting early. With Tejada still cheap and the Mets' best shortstop prospect having just been drafted in 2012, Collins might do well not to run Tejada out of town because of a day or two of workouts in February.
2012 Tejada should assume shortstop duties in Queens with Jose Reyes gone to Miami, and on paper, he should be the cause for plenty of excitement. As a 21-year-old, he had a better season in the big leagues than Reyes did at the same age. Unfortunately, Tejada has always been a player whose polish far outweighs his tools. His offensive value comes from his ability to work the count and make contact, as he has no power and is merely an average runner. His defense is more notable for fundamentals than flashiness. The total package will keep him in the big leagues for a very long time, but always as a guy playing because his team can't find something better.
2011 Tejada's 2009 season as a teenager at Double-A raised hopes that he could be a solid utility solution or even a way off the Luis Castillos of the Caribbean ride at second base, but his punchless performance in Triple-A and the majors in 2010 temporarily placed those dreams on hold. He didn't turn 21 until after the season and his 8.6-percent walk rate for the Mets was actually his best mark since rookie league, so the only real worry provoked by his season is whether Omar Minaya's impulsive decision to rush him to the bigs to sub for the injured Castillo will do him any permanent harm. New general manager Sandy Alderson wisely wants Tejada to spend a full season at Triple-A, so count him out of the initial battle to topple Minaya's self-inflicted albatross from the keystone.
2010 In a world filled with toolsy Latin American players, Tejada is unusual, his game revolving more around fundamentals than athleticism. He more than held his own in Double-A at 19, a rare feat indeed, but scouts have trouble blessing him with a big-league projection beyond "solid," and even then they see him at second base rather than shortstop due to range and arm issues. He doesn't have much power and more isn't coming; he walks a bit, but is hardly an on-base machine; and while he's going to hit for average, that's about the sum of his skills. That said, with just a little growth he could be a .300 hitter. The Mets will gladly take it.
2009 On the strength of a fantastic 2007 debut in Rookie ball, the Mets felt that Panamanian shortstop Ruben Tejada was ready for High-A, a tall task for an 18-year-old; he has an advanced offensive approach, but his lack of power and probable need for a shift off of short seriously limits his upside.

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DateQuestionAnswer
2014-08-04 13:00:00 (link to chat)WHY OH WHY Wont the Mets actually give Wilmer Flores a shot, does Sandy Alderson need to take Ruben Tejada away from Terry Collins?
(Steve from Winnipeg)
I don't know, Steve. Ive been saying since this past winter that they needed to give Flores at-bats, even if it meant having to watch him butcher things at SS. Who cares? It's not going to be a competitive season anyway. Let's see just how well the kid can hit. But instead we're getting more confirmation that he can rake in Vegas. Big whoop. I don't get it. He needs to play regularly in the majors and I don't care at what position. The Mets are going to go into next year still not knowing what kind of bat he is at the major league level, and that's a travesty. (Jeff Moore)
2014-04-03 19:30:00 (link to chat)I love to collect scrappy, young MI not named Jose Altuve. Which of my collection has the most upside: Jose Ramirez, Alexi Amarista, Ruben Tejada, Leury Garcia
(tbwhite from San Diego)
Do I have to? (Craig Goldstein)
2014-03-12 14:00:00 (link to chat)Hey Ben, thanks for the chat. supposedly flores got in shape to the point where the mets may use him at short. i guess he played ss on tues. what do you think the odds are he could become the starter by years end?
(hdub from the bleachers)
Someone asked about Flores at short in Jason Parks' most recent chat, and Jason said:

"He won't be a good shortstop. He doesn't have the range to excel there at the highest level. I guess the kind way of putting it is that Flores isn't an ideal shortstop, physically speaking. He has really nice hands and a strong arm, but the range is just what you want at the position. I think he could be a very good 3B, but obviously that's not going to happen with the Mets. Underrated player, though. He doesn't get enough credit for being able to hit. He's a natural hitter that keeps getting stronger."

Of course, Flores' competition in the short term is Ruben Tejada, so sure, it could happen. (Ben Lindbergh)
2014-03-14 09:00:00 (link to chat)Need a shortstop in NL-only deep dynasty league, traditional 5x5, and options are running slim: Gregorious, Furcal, Hechavarria, Dee Gordon, Ruben Tejada, Freddy Galvis, Haveabananarama. Not a rebuilding team, should compete this year, but did not keep Gregorious.
(Greg from KC)
Gordon is the guy I'd take a flier on at the moment. OBP risk and could flame out again but he has the upside. Furcal and Gregorius are the next two players on my list but - as you point out - this is a deep NL-only so the options are unsurprisingly uninspiring. (Mike Gianella)
2013-07-16 13:00:00 (link to chat)What do you think of the Altuve extension? Seems like it's going to be tough for him to walk through fields with those little paws.
(Kevin from St. Louis)
He's the same age as Ruben Tejada, he's done almost exactly as much, and it's almost impossible to see him playing any role besides second base. Tejada at least could be a utility infielder or a second baseman, besides playing short. Nobody's clamoring for a Tejada extension. I like Altuve enough, and it's hard for a team to really lose these extensions, and R.J. pointed out in his TA that it's a valuable signal for the Astros to be putting out. But seems like there's some degree of The Internet Likes Him Because He Quirky in the reaction. (Sam Miller)
2013-05-24 14:00:00 (link to chat)I've got five shortstops born over the course of six months, September 1989-March 1990. Take contract status out, but considering all else, how do you rank them for the short and the long term? Andrelton Simmons, Ruben Tejada, Didi Gregorius, Jean Segura, Starlin Castro.
(Matt Trueblood from Fridley, MN)
Short: Castro, Segura, Gregorius, Simmons, Tejada
Long: Castro, Segura, Simmons, Gregorius, Tejada (Sam Miller)
2012-01-20 14:00:00 (link to chat)Do you think the Mets will call up Matt Harvey this season and give him another full year in the minors? Also, how do you think Ruben Tejada will do in place of Reyes?
(Scot from Washington, DC )
Harvey will spend most, if not all of the year in the minors. September callup at best, as he's not ready. I actually like Tejada as a solid performer. He's not a star, but there are plenty of shortstops I'd take Tejada over. (Kevin Goldstein)
2011-12-02 14:00:00 (link to chat)What would you estimate for the number of times out of 100 the threesome of Dee Gordon, Jemile Weeks, and Jose Altuve has more productive careers than the threesome of Ruben Tejada, Johnny Giavotella, and Kyle Seager?
(goiter6 from MN)
98. (Kevin Goldstein)
2011-10-31 13:00:00 (link to chat)If you were Sandy Alderson's right hand man, and Reyes has already signed elsewhere, what would you advise as a course of action?
(Matt from Whippleville, NY )
Abject surrender, like the rebels at Appomattox. They can stick Ruben Tejada in there, but there isn't a handy way to replace the offense or the electricity that player provides. (Steven Goldman)
2011-02-14 13:00:00 (link to chat)Jason Heyward, Mike Stanton and Starlin Castro all played last year at age 20. Has there ever been a year when that many 20-year-olds did as well in the majors as those three? Of the players who've done that in the past, have most ended up in Cooperstown?
(Rex Little from Big Bear, CA)
Restricting our inquiry to hitters who had at least 200 PAs, last year had four: the ones you mention plus Ruben Tejada. Years with four 20 year-old hitters aren't so rare (e.g. 1976, 1970), but the only year in recent memory with MORE 20 year-old hitters is 1964. That year, Ed Kranepool, Rusty Staub, Tony Conigliaro, Derrell Griffith, Ed Kirkpatrick, and Terry Jones all played their age-20 seasons. As best I can tell, that (6) is the record. (Tommy Bennett)
2011-02-14 13:00:00 (link to chat)20 team strato keeper league - who would rather have, Ruben Tejada or Jake Fox?
(goiter6 from MN)
I wouldn't be too excited about either of those guys, but I guess I'd take Tejada for position and upside. (Tommy Bennett)
2010-07-01 14:00:00 (link to chat)Ruben Tejada: still just a utility guy or does he have a chance to be a regular with J Wilson type career?
(Rave from Mahwah, NJ)
Well, he's not the glove wiz Wilson is. I could see him having some years as a second-division starter certainly. (Kevin Goldstein)
2009-11-19 13:00:00 (link to chat)The Mets starting 2B on Opening Day 2010 will be ...? In 2011????
(dianagramr from NYC)
Luis Castillo. Ruben Tejada. (Joe Sheehan)
2009-08-21 14:00:00 (link to chat)When do you see Ruben Tejada making an impact in the majors and what kind of impact do you see him making?
(Carl from Buffalo, NY)
Ruben Tejada is going to be a big leaguer, but not an impact one. For me, he's kind of a future Enrique Wilson kind of player. (Kevin Goldstein)
2009-05-28 14:00:00 (link to chat)Am I wrong to love Ruben Tejada? 19 years old in AA ball, hitting for average and demonstrating great plate discipline?
(Thomas from NY)
Is love really ever wrong? Love is a good thing, the world needs more love. In all seriousness though, I like Tejada for all the reasons you do, but I'm not convinced his more than a good utility guy in the end. (Kevin Goldstein)


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