Originally written on Mets Merized Online  |  Last updated 3/24/12
Andy McCullough of the Star-Ledger had a good read this morning on Mets shortstop Ruben Tejada. In it he points out that Tejada should simply focus his game on getting on base. He compares Tejada to Jose Reyes at the same age. Compared with his predecessor, Tejada is smaller, slower, more placid, a possessor of a more down-tuned personality. But he remains, as hitting coach Dave Hudgens said earlier this spring, “a good solid player.” His instincts are advanced, and his fielding is solid. His swing is compact. In 96 games last season, Tejada impressed his front office by embracing their offensive philosophy and cobbling together a .360 on-base percentage. When Reyes was 21, he played just 53 big-league games and posted a measly .271 on-base percentage. That statistical comparison, of course, does not mean team officials expect Tejada to out-perform Reyes this season. But they understand the asset they have. “I really concentrated last year on taking my pitch and trying to hit the ...
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