When Mets' Manager Terry Collins talked about the new acquisition of Eric Young Jr., he said that the Mets were hoping that he could bring something to the table that they haven't seen since Jose Reyes.
With the expectations of being a player similar to Jose Reyes, who played exceptional baseball for the Mets, things are almost always going to be challenging. Just be sure not to tell Eric Young Jr. that.
Since leaving the Colorado Rockies organization in a trade for pitcher Colin McHugh and joining the Mets, the speedy outfielder has quickly made quite the name for himself in New York.
Young Jr. has gone 8 for 22 in his first five games as a New York Met, hitting .363. He has shown the dynamic potential that he bestows as a ball player, a potential similar to that of a Reyes-type caliber player. He has the hitting and running ability that most leadoff hitters need nowadays in the major leagues and he has so far been very productive at the lead off position in the Mets lineup the past couple of games.
Young Jr. started off a little slow in the last two games of the Atlanta series, going only 1 for 8 in his first two games as a Met. Since then, however, Eric Young Jr. has been on a tear and really picked things up the since arriving in Philadelphia on Friday.
Young Jr. went 7 for 14 in the Philly series and hit at least one double and drove in at least one run in each of the three games at Citizen Banks Park.
Say what you want about Young Jr. getting "lucky" over his first week as a Met, but I truly think that he can be a big part to this organization moving forward. At 28 years young, Young Jr. (no pun intended) still has plenty of gas left in the tank. Not to mention that his father grew up always wanting to be a Met and now he gets that chance to make his dad even more proud of him. It sure is turning out to be quite a story for the man out of New Brunswick, New Jersey, that's for sure. Hopefully he can keep it up.
People will say it's unfair to compare Eric Young Jr. to Jose Reyes, even after the numbers that Young put up in the Philadelphia series. However, it certainly is fair to say that he has the strong potential of becoming a solid leadoff hitter and outfielder for this Mets franchise that can produce on a daily basis like Reyes did. I mean at the end of the day, isn't that what all teams want? A decent leadoff hitter? It sure is and you can definitely believe that is what the Mets want right now.
Terry Collins and his Mets organization are going to take whatever they can get out of Young Jr. and so far, they have to be pretty pleased with what he has brought to the table.