Originally written on Mets360.com  |  Last updated 3/22/13
When we projected Lucas Duda in the third week of February, mine was one of the bullish predictions, as I forecasted a .268/.348/.475 line for him. Duda then proceeded to start off Grapefruit League play 0-for-8 with six strikeouts, which earned him some time off and made me feel a bit queasy. However, the rest worked wonders, as since then Duda has recorded 11 hits in 35 ABs (.314) with six of those hits going for extra-bases. Our official projection for Duda is a .255/.340/.425 line. After 47 PA this Spring, he has a .256/.319/.535 line for an .854 OPS. It’s hard not to notice how similar his OPS in Florida so far is to his 2011 season, when he notched an .852 OPS in 347 PA. While the OPS numbers are similar, the components are completely different. In 2011, Duda had a strong AVG (.292) and an excellent OBP (.370) to go along with a solid SLG (.482). In Grapefruit results this year, Duda has a mediocre AVG but makes up for it with his SLG. An ISO of .279 would be a wonderf...
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