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Change of plans: Lucas Duda to stay in majors for now

Jul 23, 2012, 9:30 PM EDT

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UPDATE: It looks like Pedro Beato‘s poor performance tonight saved Duda from a demotion. Beato gave up four runs over one-third of an inning in the 10th inning tonight against the Nationals, after which he was sent to the minors.

9:30 PM: The Mets need to clear a spot on their roster for top prospect right-hander Matt Harvey, who will make his major league debut Thursday against the Diamondbacks. Many speculated that the struggling Kirk Nieuwenhuis would be the odd-man out, but Bob Klapisch of the Bergen Record hears that Lucas Duda will be demoted to Triple-A Buffalo.

Duda earned a shot at the starting right field job after hitting .292 with 10 homers and an .852 OPS in 100 games last season, but he has delivered a disappointing .241/.335/.391 batting line to go along with 12 home runs, 44 RBI and a .726 OPS across 355 plate appearances in 2012. He’s hitting just .140 (6-for-43) with one homer and 16 strikeouts this month. Making matters worse, he has been one of the worst defensive outfielders in the majors.

While the Mets try to get Duda back on track in the minors, they appear ready to give more playing time to the hot-hitting Jordany Valdespin. The 24-year-old entered tonight’s action batting .299/.330/.586 with six home runs, 20 RBI, four stolen bases and a .916 OPS over his first 92 plate appearances in the majors.

  1. gregbeau - Jul 23, 2012 at 9:36 PM

    After what he did last year and as a Mets fan I hate to say this, but it’s the right move. Duda has been killing them defensively and is an automatic out against left-handed pitching. He needs to figure out what he can do down in the minors.

  2. exibitsman - Jul 23, 2012 at 9:44 PM

    I think Lucas Duda will be a part of any trade the Mets make this week.they can package him and a pitching prospect to the KC ROYALS For Johnny Broxtons.

    • paperlions - Jul 23, 2012 at 9:49 PM

      The Mets are below .500….that’s a team that is a seller, not a buyer.

  3. stlmetsfan5 - Jul 23, 2012 at 11:01 PM

    Mets sent Beato down, not Duda. Just as well.

  4. arrooo - Jul 23, 2012 at 11:57 PM

    Sandy waited too long. It’s over

  5. kappy32 - Jul 24, 2012 at 3:18 AM

    Lucas Duda is garbage. I’ve been saying it since he was announced during the offseason as the presumptive 2012 starting RF. All Mets fans heard about was his “power” when he came up. Gary Cohen would talk about how people raved about this so-called power, although the guy never hit 30 HR in a minor league season, and the next pitch he would send a routine fly to RF off a hanging curve or slider. The guy has the bat speed of a 40 year old & his defense is atrocious. The Mets have been notorious for fielding sub-par fielders in favor of their hitting & finding places for players without a position to play just because they produce at the plate; prime example of that is Mike Piazza who was a horrible defensive catcher but a hall of fame hitter. As for Duda, the guy is a below average hitter & a terrible fielder. More than half way through the year, .250, 14 HR, 40 RBI doesn’t cut it if you’re going to give up a run or 2 per week through bad fielding. Unless the Mets are making a move to bring in bullpen help, hopefully with Duda being shipped out in that move, sending Beato down instead of Duda is the wrong move. Duda has no future with this team & doesn’t have the skills to make you think he might turn it around as he’s slow, overweight, slow bat, no power & a bad fielder; whereas, Beato, who has been injured all year until recently, still has a 95-97 MPH fastball & a solid cutter/slider. The Mets need as many warm bodies as possible in the bullpen, hoping one of them hits a hot streak. On the other hand, the Mets have enough OF’s to field a starting squad, all of which are platoon players. Another brilliant move by the brilliant Sandy Alderson. He’s on the clock & I’m starting to miss Omar Minaya as I began to miss GW Bush 3 years ago.

  6. ermur22 - Jul 24, 2012 at 9:52 AM

    Put a fork in it the seasons done.

  7. foreverchipper10 - Jul 24, 2012 at 4:58 PM

    Dudabides.

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