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Lucas Duda: One Met Ready to Break out in the 2012 Season

NEW YORK, NY - SEPTEMBER 13:  Lucas Duda #21 of the New York Mets follows through on a fifth inning two run single against the Washington Nationals at Citi Field on September 13, 2011 in the Flushing neighborhood of the Queens borough of New York City.  (Photo by Jim McIsaac/Getty Images)
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Billy DunnContributor IMarch 4, 2012

When many baseball fans think of Lucas Duda, they all ask the same question.

Who?

Duda was the starting first baseman for the New York Mets last season while Ike Davis was injured. This year, he will be the starting right fielder for the team.

This year, Duda is ready to break through as a solid five or six-hole hitter this season.  

Last season, Duda started off slow, but finished with totals of a .292 average with 10 home runs and 50 runs batted in in 347 pate appearances. 

Standing at an intimidating 6'4", 255 pounds, Duda definitely has the build to be a pure power hitter.

What is more promising about Duda is the way he finished the season last year. In his last 47 games, he hit .315 with eight home runs and 31 runs batted in, as well as a .521 slugging percentage. He also had an on-base percentage of .398, which is Sandy Alderson's favorite stat.

Duda is really skilled with the bat, with potential to hit 30 home runs. He and Ike Davis have the potential to be a scary one-two power combo that can give pitchers nightmares in the near future. 

After watching Duda hit for a while in the batting cages this spring training, manager Terry Collins said that he is going to be a monster.

Clearly, Collins has high hopes for Duda to be a power hitter in the everyday lineup. Confidence should not be an issue for Duda, especially since his manager believes in his ability.

With the experience that Duda has gained over the course of the last two seasons, he should be ready for a season of 25-30 home runs and around 90 runs batted in.

Duda should be one of many unknown players ready to break out for a team that has many unproven players on the roster.

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