May 23, 2007

The Mets 2008 Outfield

We already know that in 2008, Shawn Green and Moises Alou will no longer be patrolling the outfield. We also know that pretty much the Mets 2008 outfield will be comprised of a 20 year old (Fernando Martinez), a 31 year old (Carlos Beltran) and a 23 year old (Carlos Gomez). What we don’t know is, how are they going to react to the Majors.

Carlos Gomez has already been brought up to take the fourth outfielder’s job, now that Endy Chavez has taken Moises Alou’s place for the time being. In 6 games and 15 at bats, Gomez is hitting .333, has 2 RBI’s and a stolen base.

It seems as though, Gomez has taken to the Majors, almost, as well as one could hope. He shows great plate discipline for a young hitter and is supposed to be faster than Jose Reyes. If Carlos stays up in the Majors for another two or three weeks and doesn’t show any signs of weak spots in his offense, I personally think he should bat behind Reyes as the number two hitter. That would be on nerve racking one, two punch in the top of the order.

Fernando Martinez is a mystery though. He’s risen through the Farm System at about a level a year. Currently, he’s playing for the Mets Double-A team (Binghamton Mets) and still doing a phenomenal job. Just coming back from an injury, Fernando Martinez is hitting .292, with 2 HR, 9RBI’s and 3 stolen bases.

Respected as one of the youngest and one of the most talented outfield prospects in the Minors, Martinez will more than likely make a splash with the Mets if he gets the call to take Right Field in 2008.

I hope Beltran is getting ready to be the veteran outfielder and teach these kids a thing or two next season.

As many fans are, I’m a huge fan of the Farm System and was almost devastated when the Mets traded away numerous prospects. For some reason the Jacobs deal hit me hard. Let’s just hope that Omar won’t (I know he won’t, just want to reiterate) trade away the future for the present.

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