Why the hype?
Matt Den Dekker, OF: Like Wilfredo Tovar, Matt Den Dekker is a prospect that divides a fan base. Matt Den Dekker has the best outfield glove in the Mets organization and that is including the major league team. If Den Dekker ever gets the chance to start for a major league team, there is a high possibility that he would win a gold glove. With that said, his hitting will never be enough for him to stick as a starter.
Den Dekker exploded out of the gate this year in AA Binghamton. He hit to a tune of .340/.397/.563 with 21 2Bs, 4 3Bs, 8 HRs, 29 RBIs, and 10 SBs. Although this stat line is impressive, Den Dekker produced it at 24 years old – an age that most young players are getting their careers started in the major leagues. Despite the age concerns, Mets fans couldn’t help but get excited with Den Dekker. If his hitting could catch up to his defense, the Mets would have a good player on their hands.
Many believed Den Dekker was figuring out his hitting, but if ...