Found February 26, 2012 on
Mike Silva's New York Baseball Digest:
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Lucas Duda isn’t Albert Pujols, not yet. But I am sure Mets fans could only dream that he will be 75% as good as Pujols. As Michael Salfino wrote at the Wall Street Journal, “Duda’s second-half rookie surge puts him in the company of MVPs Albert Pujols, Ryan Howard, Joey Votto and Ryan Braun plus perennial All-Stars Mike Piazza and Todd Helton…. The Mets outfielder had an on-base plus slugging percentage of .957 in 205 at bats after the All-Star Break. That’s 100 percentage points better than what David Wright posted in the second half of his 2004 rookie season and it’s the 11th best among all rookies since 1990 (minimum 200 at bats).”
Duda’s total second half numbers were:
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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.”
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Letting the Greatest Hitter Walk
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