Originally posted on Mets Merized Online  |  Last updated 7/29/13
Every so often there’s a player that everybody loves to hate. In the past it was players like Oliver Perez, Luis Castillo, and even Mike Pelfrey to some extent towards the end of his Mets tenure. This year it’s Jordany Valdespin.  Whether it’s because of his attitude rubbing people the wrong way or his statistics, he is probably the most disliked player on the team.  While there are definitely valid criticisms of Valdespin, I believe he deserves another opportunity. to succeed. First off, there seems to be this notion floating around that Valdespin is somehow a “non prospect”. I don’t know why this belief is suddenly so popular because Valdespin’s minor league statistics and natural physical ability prove otherwise. Physically, Valdespin has a great combination of power and speed. He’s strong, he has a quick bat, and he also possesses excellent speed.  In his most recent full minor league season, Valdespin was able to turn his potential into results.  In AA and AAA as a 23 year old, Valdespin
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