Final Position Player Grades for the 2012 New York Mets: Fan's Take

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Final Position Player Grades for the 2012 New York Mets: Fan's Take
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Jason Bay failed to deliver in 2012.

How bad was the New York Mets' offense this season? In September, the Mets set a franchise record by scoring three or fewer runs in 16 straight home games. Overall, they scored the fifth-fewest runs in the National League. In other words, the offense was terrible. Now that the season is over, let's grade the team's key position players based mostly on their offensive contributions.

OF Jordany Valdespin -- Valdespin beat the Philadelphia Phillies with a pinch-hit three-run home run off Jonathan Papelbon on May 7. It was the first of his franchise-record five pinch-hit homers in 2012. Unfortunately, he played his way back down to the minor leagues by the second half. Final Grade: D+

C Josh Thole -- It was a lost season for Thole, who basically was an automatic out in the lineup and a burden defensively. So frustrated were the Mets with his lack of production, they brought it veteran catcher Kelly Shoppach after the non-waiver trade deadline. Final Grade: D

OF Andres Torres -- Bringing in Torres to serve as the new lead-off hitter was destined to fail. He batted .230 with 13 steals and 57 runs scored, numbers basically in line with his career stats. Plus, he missed 30 games with injuries. Final Grade: D

SS Ruben Tejada -- Tejada was given the unenviable task of replacing Jose Reyes. Naturally, he never was going to replace his predecessor's potent bat, but Tejada's defense was on point. Ironically, Tejada posted a higher batting average (.289) than last year's batting champion (.287). Final Grade: C+

2B Daniel Murphy -- Murphy is a solid player, but he's wildly streaky. These were his monthly batting averages from May-September: .303, .240, .360, .225, .337. It's difficult to live with that kind of inconsistency, especially given Murphy's lack of power and shaky fielding. Final Grade: C

OF Lucas Duda -- Duda saw his stock decline in 2012. He struggled in the second half (.214 batting average) and was sent to the minor leagues. Furthermore, his attitude and work ethic were questioned. Next year could be a make-or-break season for the young slugger. Final Grade: C

IB Ike Davis --

Davis batted .170 through the first two months of the season, but turned it around in the second half. He finished the year with a .227 batting average with team-leading 32 home runs and 90 RBIs. Plus, he was an above-average fielder at first base. Final Grade: C+

OF Scott Hairston --

Hairston was a pleasant surprise. He set career highs with 20 home runs and 57 RBIs in only 377 at-bats. Furthermore, Hairston crushed left-handed pitching and provided the team with solid leadership. The Mets should have played him more or just traded him. Final Grade: B

OF Jason Bay -- It was a lost season for the often-injured Bay, who hit an embarrassing .165 with eight homers and 20 RBI. Moreover, he batted .122 with runners in scoring position. Oh yeah, he also collected $16 million in salary, the same amount he's due next season. Final Grade: F

3B David Wright --

Wright had a record-breaking season. The Mets' homegrown All-Star established franchise standards for most base hits, RBIs and runs scored. He finished the season with a .306 batting average, 21 home runs and 93 RBIs. The only downside: Wright, who carried the team in the first half, tailed off after the All-Star break. He batted .258 in the second half. Final Grade: B+

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Adam Martini is a freelance sportswriter who grew up in Queens, N.Y. with a view of Shea Stadium from his bedroom window. He spent many nights in the upper deck at Shea rooting for the Mets. Adam follow back Mets fans on Twitter @PegCitySports.

Sources

Baseball-Reference.com.

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