New York Mets: Why Jordany Valdespin Will Keep 2011 Interesting
Even for a team playing out the string of the season, September can serve as an exciting time.
It's a time when rosters expand, and teams get their first glimpse at young players whom they hope can serve them well in the future.
As attendance begins to dwindle and the dog days of summer turn into crisp autumn afternoons, Jordany Valdespin will be the man responsible for keeping Mets fans from turning their attention from the diamond to the gridiron too early.
Valdespin, who was acquired as a non-drafted free agent in 2007, has been tabbed by many as the Mets' second baseman of the future. He boasts plus-plus speed, and can be headache for pitchers on the basepaths as well as at the plate.
After progressing through rookie ball and A-ball with relative ease, Valdespin was promoted to Double-A Binghamton for the final 28 games of the 2010 season. He struggled somewhat there, hitting just .232 in 112 at bats.
However, he was placed on the Mets' 40-man roster this past offseason, a clear indication that he still had fans within the organization.
The 23-year-old has done little to disappoint his believers thus far in 2011, as he's clubbed 15 home runs to go along with 50 RBI and a .298 batting average in 103 games at Double-A Binghamton.
Those numbers should prove to be enough to warrant a September call up.
If the Mets do promote Valdespin to the big league level in September, they'll certainly have a great deal to evaluate.
With the current logjam at second base, the Mets may choose to use Valdespin's time in Queens as a showcase for potential suitors. His stock is as high as it's ever been, and potentially as high as it ever will be. After all, Mets fans know all too well the horrors of placing too much hope in a prospect instead of dealing him for a proven star (see: Fernando Martinez, Jason Tyner).
But then again, maybe Valdespin excels in the big leagues and proves the job is his to lose in 2012? He may make the Mets choice difficult, and force them to admit that they've finally found the secondbaseman they've been longing for ever since Edgardo Alfonzo left town.
Either way, the call up of Jordany Valdespin is certain to keep fans from wavering their attention elsewhere this fall.
It can be the start of a beautiful courtship, or the initial phase in a Fernando Martinez-esque headache.
For the Mets' sake, let's hope for the former.
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