The current Mets team is the definition of mediocre, win two, lose two, win one, lose one game and so on. Behind the varied level of success is a bunch of enigmatic players. This article is the first of a series of four articles highlighting players whose contributions could be anywhere from a two homerun game to giving up six runs in two innings.
The first enigma hasn’t been on the major league Mets for long but he will be an enigma for many years to come. This player is current back-up middle infielder and occasional center fielder, Jordany Valdespin. This series of articles starts with Valdespin because he is textbook enigma, great tools, varied success and we don’t totally know where his head is sometimes.
He has already had inconsistent statistics in the minors. He had good counting numbers with over 30 steals and 15 homers last year in the minors between Double-A and
Triple-A. However, the year before he had an OBP of .300 and was caught stealing 12 out of 29 times.
Jordany has some of every skill, speed, power, pure hitting ability and can flash a good glove while playing a premium position at shortstop. His skills are very raw, though, as evident by his sloppy play at times, his wild swing and the fact he looks lost whenever a pitcher snaps off a good breaking pitch. A reason for this may be as simple as he’s no ready for the show yet. Evidence of his ups and downs have already been on display when he hit a walk off homerun in Philly. Then costing the Mets a game versus the Nationals with two late inning errors. Hopefully the Mets will learn how much he will be able to contribute.
I think this year is just the precursor for future years of what Jordany Valdespin will bring to the Mets. He will continue to befuddle Mets fans more and more each year as he gets more playing time. Mets fans will learn to love and hate Valdespin. He is the traditional enigma, with the talent to be really good but for whatever reason may never put it together. He is still early in his career, so he has plenty of time to graduate from enigma status.
Look for the next enigma coming soon…