2011 Season in Review: Jason Pridie

The New York Mets went 77-85 in 2011. As suggested by the sub-par record, there were a fair share of ups and downs throughout the season. “2011 Season in Review,” which will be an on-going series, will analyze every single Mets player that picked up a ball or glove in 2011, for better or worse. This particular “2011 Season in Review” will take a look at outfielder Jason Pridie.

Before the season, no one thought Jason Pridie would ever see a single at-bat for the Mets at the Major League level. The 27 year-old career-Minor Leaguer spent most of 2010 with the Mets’ Triple-A team, owning a collective .286/.330/.384 line with 3 homeruns, 19 RBI, 20 runs, and 9 stolen bases. While the former Tampa Bay Rays and Minnesota Twins farmhand had once exhibited good speed (he stole 25-plus bases in 2003, 2007, 2008, and 2009), his mere 9 bags in 2010 with the Mets more or less sealed his fate as a journeyman.

But then Angel Pagan got injured in late-April, changing Pridie’s destiny. Pridie made his Mets Major League debut on April 22, and essentially became the starting centerfielder through May. As a starter for the Mets, Pridie posted a .239/.316/.420 line with 3 homeruns, 11 RBI, 11 runs, and 4 stolen bases in 100 plate appearances. The outfielder also provided some decent defense in center, owning a -1.7 UZR/150 in 312.6 innings there, and a 5.5 UZR/150 in 84.6 innings in right field.

However, upon Pagan’s return in late-May, Pridie’s playing time disappeared–and so did the already minimal production he provided. From May 29 onward, Pridie owned a .225/.304/.333 line with 1 homerun, 9 RBI, 17 runs, and 3 stolen bases in 136 plate appearances.

On the whole, Jason Pridie provided a surprisingly solid temporary replacement in centerfield for the Mets, but he simply does not have a good enough glove to make-up for his horrendous bat and mediocre speed. And that’s even for a fourth or fifth outfielder. Looking forward to 2012, Pridie will likely remain in Triple-A unless a barrage of injuries open the door yet again. Let’s hope that symbolic door stays closed shut.

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