Bring On the Youth
March 7, 2010
That’s right, I said it. I am practically excreting optimism right now. I would love nothing better than to see some new blood come in here and shock the world. That sort of energy has not been felt in these parts since Jose Reyes and David Wright first hit the scene. Sure, there have been other flashes. Mike Jacobs in 2005 to name one. However as we all know, that was short-lived.
Wouldn’t it be something to see a couple of the young prospects stick with the team and create some buzz. Come on. Is anyone really interested in seeing Rod Barajas or Daniel Murphy? Murph has some upside perhaps. However, does that possible upside get anyone fired up? I’ll tell you what might. The Mets currently have four prospects in camp that have at least a measure of upside. Along with that upside lies the possibility of a spark for fan excitement. The four are obvious to most. They are Ike Davis, Fernando Martinez, Josh Thole, and Ruben Tejada.
Now I realize that all of them are ticketed for the minors this season. I believe this to be true regardless of how they produce this spring. My thought is, why not throw some prospect logs on the fire and chat it up? There is nothing wrong with conversation now is there?
Ike Davis has already turned the spotlight on himself with his power and production in the first week. His monster grand slam the other day was a thing of beauty, and only further validates his ability. Fernando Martinez hit a pair of home runs yesterday, and has carried over his Carribean League MVP run into spring training. Josh Thole clearly has ability as a hitter behind the dish. Ruben Tejada’s minor league stats also show that he has a promising future ahead. It certainly will be nice to see this kid play in Jose Reyes’ absence this week. I do not need to see Alex Cora. He too lulls me to sleep. Perhaps we might see Tejada as the opening day second baseman next year.
The point is that the Mets have some position players that are actually exciting to follow this spring. These future players certainly look more promising than some of what we have on the major league roster right now. I for one will be pulling for them all to show their stuff this spring, even though they inevitably will all be in AAA come April. That is alright. It is nice to dream, isn’t it? Here is to the 2011 New York Mets!