Originally posted on Mets360.com  |  Last updated 2/10/13
Next up in our projection series is Ruben Tejada. This time last year there were all kinds of doubt and angst surrounding Tejada. The doubt mostly came over concerns how he would do replacing fan favorite Jose Reyes. The angst came largely due to his manager throwing a tantrum that Tejada did not report to camp early. A year later there seems to be a complete absence of both doubt and angst. Tejada did a credible job replacing Reyes and he showed up early to camp. It was fun watching Tejada play last year, especially with his propensity to deli ver line drive hits. Line drives are the batted ball type that results in hits most often. According to Baseball-Reference, the BABIP on line drives last year in the National League was .707, compared to .238 for ground balls and .135 for fly balls. Tejada’s rates were .745/.239/.137, respectively in these categories. Tejada was essentially average with his ground balls and fly balls and above-average with his success in turning line drives
PLAYERS: Bill JamesJon Niese
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