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Matt den Dekker
8/10/1987 (29 y, 6 m, 16 d)
2010 June Amateur Draft - Round: 5, Pick: 7, Overall: 152, Team: New York Mets
$0.5M / 1 Years (2016)
Den Dekker agreed to a minor league contract with the Marlins on Thursday that includes an invitation to spring training, Tim Healey of the South Florida Sun Sentinel reports. (12/8/2016)
Evaluating the Prospects: New York Mets
Kiley McDaniel (FanGraphs)
Danny Duffy & Matt den Dekker: Deep League Wire
Mike Podhorzer (RotoGraphs)
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Billed as a defense-first outfielder capable of playing multiple positions, Matt den Dekker made his major league debut in 2013 as a late-season call up. Though he showed signs of gap power and double-digit homer potential in the minors, he struggled substantially against major league pitching despite being used predominantly when the platoon advantage was on his side. That said, this occurred over a 63 plate appearance sample size. In deep NL-only leagues, either substantial playing time or platoon split dominance, even over limited opportunity, have value. Matt den Dekker appears not to be n line for either, and with the Mets considering numerous internal and outside outfield options, he’s not even guaranteed a roster spot to open 2014 and therefore unlikely to have value even in the deepest of leagues. (Derek Ambrosino)
The Quick Opinion:
Matt den Dekker made his major league debut in 2013. Over limited sample size, he proved himself as a useful and versatile defensive outfielder, but failed to display offensive prowess, after performing relatively well at the dish through his minor league career. He is not guaranteed playing time in 2013 and does not project to have value in even deep NL-only leagues, or as a prospect in dynasty leagues.
While Matt den Dekker wasn’t awful against lefties in the minors, he hasn't hit them with the same level of authority in the majors. So he joined Kirk Nieuwenhuis as Mets outfielders that were type-casted and faced righties 90% of the time in 2014. Based on his strikeout potential and walk rate regression, it will take elevated line drive rates and batted ball luck to ensure a usable batting average. He had a decent power-speed combo in the minors and maybe his age-27 will be the magical mystery kind if gets enough plate appearances, but that’s doubtful. Still, based on the combined contact rate and isolated slugging percentage, he could have the potential for more counting stats. I would probably prefer den Dekker over Kirk Nieuwenhuis and Eric Campbell as an NL-only outfielder on the Mets. (
The Quick Opinion:
The contact rate and platoon issues means he's a deep league at best. The power and speed mean he could be an interesting name at some point in those deep leagues, though.
It will likely take a Jayson Werth or Bryce Harper injury for den Dekker to see significant playing time in 2016. He’s not going to be starting on the reg, and there isn’t much reason for you to roster him. He’s a useful streamer against certain righties. He sported a .232 isolated slugging percentage last year in a small, 110 plate appearance sample, but didn’t have a ton of hard contact. He pulled the ball more than he has in the past, as he yanked it 48.1% of the time, well above the league average of 39.1%. He hit five home runs in those 110 PA, but that was certainly helped by a 17.2% home run for fly ball rate that seems aggressive for a player of his kind. He is a dead-red hitter, as he mashes fastballs, and struggles against anything with a wrinkle. He attacked the heater and directed them into the field of play with an average exit velocity of 93.1 mph, besting the league average. The small sample comes into play again, but he whiffed on 30% of breaking balls he was offered, and 44% of the offspeed pitches he attempted to connect with. If he sees more than part-time duty, it shouldn’t take long for those weaknesses to be exploited. Last year was the first full season where he didn’t hit double digits in steals, but that’s including all of his minor league time. (Darren Schienbein)
The Quick Opinion:
If you’re in a league where den Dekker is drafted, you’re likely playing Scoresheet. Or you’re in an NL East-only league. Nothing against den Dekker obviously, but he’s just not going to see the opportunity to give you anything that will help you win your league. There are better backup outfielders to gamble on.
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Updated: Sunday, February 26, 2017 3:34 AM ET
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