New York Mets Rookie Jordany Valdespin's Presence is Impossible to Ignore
Jordany Valdespin sure knows how to put on a show.
The 24-year-old rookie made his first MLB hit a memorable one, that's for sure.
Brace yourselves, Mets fans.
The onslaught of "Spin" puns is inevitable now, for better or for worse.
Yes, for a player with just one hit in his major league career, Jordany Valdespin sure has an intriguing presence about him.
Valdespin seems to bring excitement with him, and it's not hard to imagine that energy being contagious in the dugout.
The question is, however, what can we really expect out of him?
His skill-set is still pretty raw. It would be foolish to expect a polished major league player at this point in Valdespin's career.
He's certainly not going to be the type of player who hits home runs on a regular basis, much less off of perennial All-Star closers.
In 1500 at-bats (on the nose, exactly) in his minor league career, Valdespin hit an overall .283 with a .330 on-base percentage and a .755 OPS.
His first stint in the big leagues was uneventful. He had just 6 plate appearances and mainly rode the bench.
After an unfortunate injury to Ruben Tejada, the Mets had no choice but to recall Valdespin for a second MLB stint, just one day after he was optioned back to Buffalo.
Safe to say, he's already made the most of his opportunity.
Like Kirk Nieuwenhuis, Valdespin has a certain vibe about him that's difficult to ignore. We've seen it before in Jose Reyes. Yet we've also seen it in Lastings Milledge.
There's no telling what exactly the future holds for Valdespin. He may be a charisma magnet, but that's not going to matter if he doesn't play well and stay humble.
The one thing I do know is that I want to see more of him.
Whether it's here with the Mets or back in Triple-A Buffalo, Valdespin needs to play every day. Period. He can't be up here just to ride pine. He better not be.
Valdespin is intriguing, that's for sure. He may be a flash in the pan, or he may be the next big thing. The only way to find out for sure is to put him in the lineup.
He's athletic enough to play second base, shortstop and center field. He even made his first MLB start as a left fielder.
Jordany Valdespin is definitely going to be fun to watch. Just don't let the puns go too far. He's no Jordinary player, after all.