When Sandy Alderson was asked what his expectations were for Lucas Duda last week on Twitter, he responded,
“OPS, High OBP and big power. He put on another show in BP today.”
I loved Terry Collins’ take much better.
After watching his right fielder take a few pitches over the fence and out of the park he said,
“This guy is going to be a monster.”
Last week I had a little exchange with Seedlings To Stars about Lucas Duda:
Lucas Duda never really spent any quality time on anyone’s prospect list, and yet here he is about to lay claim to the Mets everyday rightfield job in 2012. Did he just slip through the cracks?
Nathaniel: You’re asking the wrong guy! I actually had Duda 49th on my top 100 prospects entering 2011, and he obviously didn’t let me down, delivering with the bat in his rookie campaign.
As for why others didn’t like him, it goes back to what I was saying earlier about first base prospects. Here’s a paragraph out of the article I mentioned in my response to #3: