Originally written December 10, 2012 on Mets Merized Online:
Alex In CT asks: With no real power corner outfielders to speak of in the Mets minors, would it make sense to shift Aderlin Rodriguez to left or right field? As it stands now he’s blocked by David Wright and Ike Davis at the corner infield spots. We know he has the bat, but does Rodriguez have the arm to play in the outfield? Sean Kenny replies: Before I start this response, I will say that everything regarding fielding and Aderlin is based on scouting reports as I have never seen him in person nor playing on TV. Despite having an arm that has been rated as a 60 on the 20-80 scale, his footwork/fielding as well as his conditioning have been called into question. Defense will never be his calling card, and a positional shift would be geared at getting him into the lineup for his bat and not much else. (See Lucas Duda) Despite his awesome power, which is by far the most promising in the Mets system, his overall hitting approach is based on guess-hitting. Aderlin has improved his pati...
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