Season Statistics: .275 BA, 5 HR, 8 RBI, 17 BB, 1.099 OPS
After underachieving in the second half of the 2012 season, Lucas Duda is off to a great start to his 2013 season. This is something the Mets have been waiting to see from their big slugger and if he keeps it up, the Mets' offense could really go somewhere this year.
With just 15 home runs and 57 RBI a year ago, Duda certainly underperformed compared to the 25-30 home run and 90-100 RBI potential he has had for quite some time. With the way he has started his season this year, it's definitely possible that Duda could get a lot closer to his full potential.
Another great thing about Duda right now is that despite striking out a lot, he has shown patience at the plate with 17 walks already. His hitting profile is very similar to that of Adam Dunn in both size (although not to the exact same degree as Dunn) and the fact that they both hit home runs, draw walks and strike out a lot.
The Mets' offensive future is currently built around David Wright and Ike Davis as the cornerstones. They have arguably been the two most consistent run producers in the past few seasons. If Duda can really get his bat going, he would certainly take the Mets' lineup to another level and that could be a key ingredient to an eventual World Series championship down the road.
A lineup that includes Wright and Davis, plus Daniel Murphy and Ruben Tejada as table setters is already a solid top of the order. If Duda can reach his potential and Travis d'Arnaud hits well once he gets called up, the Mets could easily have one of the strongest lineups in the National League. The pieces are there and the hitters just need to produce.