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  1. Put it down now: Duda breaks out in 2012 a la Mike Morse 2011.

    Bold prediction: .290/.360/.500/25/75/75

    Comment by Scott — November 7, 2011 @ 9:13 am

  2. You call that BOLD?! I think 75 RBIs is rather low since he’s expected to hit in the middle of the order. I think Duda is a good candidate to make my annual Bold Predictions column and I’m thinking 30 homers is a good target.

    Comment by Mike Podhorzer — November 7, 2011 @ 10:28 am

  3. Good Point Mike, that wasn’t the BOLDEST prediction ever. If they get rid of Wright and he hits 3 I could definitley see more R/RBI in the forecast. He’s gonna be a steal in 4 and 5 OF leagues in the later rounds come draft time.

    Comment by Scott — November 7, 2011 @ 11:05 am

  4. Wait, did he have headaches after he ran into a wall, which have since resolved? Or did he have headaches which disappeared immediately after he ran into a wall? (Please please please be the latter!)

    Comment by byron — November 7, 2011 @ 1:27 pm

  5. To me, the Mets have a real problem in terms of what they can do with Duda and Davis on the same roster. Duda is NOT an everyday RF and whatever advantage he will give us offensively will be dwarfed by his defensive ineptitude.

    Don’t get me wrong, I love the guy’s bat and think he could be an even better offensive producer than Davis, but we just don’t have anywhere to stick him at.

    Comment by Ramon — November 10, 2011 @ 2:47 pm

  6. This is a player who hasn’t dominated at any minor league level, the way Davis did. I like to be optimistic too, but realistic first…..does anyone remember Victor Diaz, Craig Brazelle & Mike Jacobs? I like Duda, but these players seldom work out.

    Comment by Mark Rak — November 10, 2011 @ 3:01 pm

  7. Mark Rak – take a long(er) look at Duda’s AAA numbers. Very silly statement.

    455 ABs there: .310/.398/.606, 54 BB/84 Ks, 31 2B, 27 HR

    Comment by Bill — November 10, 2011 @ 3:36 pm

  8. My favorite player on the mets was Beltran, Now I think I’m going to be a big Duda Fan. I like everything about this ballplayer including his shyness.

    Comment by Mike Ferrer — November 10, 2011 @ 3:54 pm

  9. I’ve been wondering something about a player’s average home run distance. Does anyone else think that since Duda played in a big park last year that his average might be inflated relative to other hitters who play in smaller ballparks because, for example, balls he hits 380-390 feet or whatever don’t leave the park and are therefore not weighing down his average? If he hits a home run at Citi Field, chances are he killed it, and the average distance of all his home runs at Citi Field has to be pretty big since every home run he hits has to go farther to get out.

    Comment by Zack Arenstein — November 10, 2011 @ 4:37 pm

  10. This is an excellent point, and one of the issues with only looking at distance figures like I did. If he had more than 10 homers, I would have also looked at the breakdown of Just Enough/Plenty/No Doubters, but 10 was too small a sample to mean much for that breakdown.

    Comment by Mike Podhorzer — November 10, 2011 @ 6:05 pm

  11. Overall, I think it’s pretty fair to say that a player takes 100 AB’s or so (or more) to get used to the MLB. Looking at what he did over the last 1/3 of the season is about what his impressive AAA minor league numbers amounted to. Call me a sucker, but I’m drinking the Duda Kool-Aid and loving him at $4 in my NL only Roto league.

    Comment by SKob — January 23, 2012 @ 4:53 pm

  12. 0 HR’s vs left-handed pitching as a MLBer.

    Comment by BillHiggs — January 30, 2012 @ 11:57 am

  13. Duda will make the NL All-Star team at least once in his career. With Mets fences pulled in, he will be even more productive.

    Comment by Samuel — February 15, 2012 @ 11:43 am

  14. Those guys like Jacobs were strikeout machines who could be pitched to relatively easily. Duda has improved his strikepout rates throughout his pro career, while also getting better in the OBP and SLG departments.

    Comment by Samuel — February 15, 2012 @ 11:45 am

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