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Mets | Matt Den Dekker become too selective?

New York Mets OF Matt Den Dekker may be becoming too selective at the plate as he makes a conscious effort to make more contact. "I see a guy who has worked hard at trying to have a little more discipline at the plate, almost to a fault at times, where he ends up taking certain pitches he's got to 'hunt,'" manager Terry Collins said. "The philosophy and the theory we have here about working the count is not taking the first pitch. If that first pitch is the one you want, hit it, and hit it hard. If it's on the corner, if it's in, if it's out, if it's something you're not looking for, that's having the discipline to take it." Den Dekker is hitting only .194 with 14 strikeouts in 36 spring at-bats with one home run and three RBIs.

Fantasy Tip: The Mets are likely to have him start at Class AAA in order to work on this part of his game. It might not work out they way they hope, but his power profile can't be ignored, even if the BA doesn't follow. He'll be in line for a call-up at some point this season, possibly in September.

2013-03-20 15:38:32 | Source: ESPNNewYork.com - Adam Rubin

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