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Of the many Buffalo Bisons that emerged out of the Mets dugout this year, Jordany Valdespin and Josh Edgin proved they belong in the orange and blue.
Edgin allowed just three runs in his first 13 outings, and backed it up with a stretch of 16 straight scoreless appearances in August and September.
After two disappointing outings against the Phillies, his ERA ballooned to 4.56 and the Mets shut him down. But don’t overlook the mediocre ERA. Edgin’s WHIP was only 1.13 and he struck out 30 batters in under 26 innings.
The southpaw out of Francis Marion College proved he can get Major League hitters out and even overpower them at times. At the very least, Edgin can be a lefty specialist. He held left-handed hitters to a remarkable .164 average last year.
Valdespin, on the other hand, has a package of talent unmatched throughout the organization. In my opinion, he’s the only current Met that could have competed with Jose Reyes and Angel Pagan athletically.
If you extend Valdespin’s production over a full MLB season, he would have hit 25 home runs and stolen over 30 bases. That’s a rare speed-power combo to say the least when you look across the Mets’ skill set.
On top of it all, Valdespin broke the club record for pinch-hit home runs in a season and provided a large portion of exciting moments in 2012.
But in addition to his long swing, Valdespin’s primary downside has always been his behavior. He was suspended for two games for not running out a batted ball in the Dominican Winter League last month and decided it would be a good idea to tweet pictures of himself in fancy clothes wearing a Miami Marlins hat.
Selfies on Twitter? What grown man does that? Imagine Bill Gates tweeting a picture of himself smiling with an iPod. I’m sure that wouldn't go over well.
As Valdespin continues to walk the fine line between swagger and obnoxiousness, there’s no doubting his ability to be an impact player at the highest level.