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This pick was surprisingly obvious. The surprise stems from the fact that it is not Jason Bay. The obviousness comes from years of unfulfilled promise.
David Wright was Evan Longoria long before anyone knew Evan Longoria's name. The young, stud third baseman who had a slick mitt and could hit for average and power. Add in the squeaky clean image and face-of-the-franchise look. That scouting report was most likely copied and pasted from 2004 David Wright to 2008 Evan Longoria.
David Wright hit the ground running in the Major Leagues. Through his first four full seasons, he averaged .311 with 30 home runs and 115 RBI per 162 games. Then something fell apart.
When the Mets moved to CitiField in 2009, a big time pitcher's park, Wright's power number plummeted. In 2009 he hit .307 with only 10 home runs and 72 RBI. Many people blamed the park, Wright clearly blamed himself.
In 2010, he went out to show he still had power. In swinging for the fences, his average suffered. Last season, Wright hit .283 with 29 homers and 103 RBI.
Whatever this fluctuations may be explained by, Wright still had been a dominant player for his entire major league career. Supposedly, at the age of 28, he was supposed to sustain, and maybe even build on that dominance. Such expectations have not been met.
Since August 24, Wright has hit .368 with two homers and 11 RBI. Those are good numbers. Those numbers have been good enough to raise his season statistics to a barely respectable .272 with 12 homers and 51 RBI through 374 plate appearances.
The Mets had a lot of bad luck with injuries this season. It seems that the team had little prospects for success. Still, the struggles of the franchise player, David Wright, have done nothing to stimulate success.