Originally posted on Mets Merized Online  |  Last updated 2/6/13
When the Marlins signed Jose Reyes in December of 2011, the Mets were forced to turn to a young, inexperienced shortstop in Ruben Tejada. Just 22 at the time, Tejada was given the enormous (and probably impossible) task of replacing Reyes. No one expected him to make up for the production lost, but the club certainly needed decent production out of the position. In 2011, Tejada got a substantial amount of playing time for the second year in a row, and began to hit at the big league level for the first time. He had hit just .213 in 78 games as a 20 year-old with the Mets the year before, but improved drastically, batting .284 with a very solid .360 on-base percentage, the result of a solid 9.3% walk rate. Mets fans had high expectations for him going into camp in 2012. I wouldn’t say Tejada completely met the high expectations some had for him, but he definitely improved and had a good season nonetheless. He batted .289 for the season, a few points better than his 2011 average. The o...
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