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Allan Dykstra Breaks Fibula Playing In Venezuela


General managers usually endure an elevated level of anxiety when their players participate in the Caribbean Leagues.  Today, Sandy Alderson realized his first major casualty.  ESPN writer Adam Ruben confirmed Mets minor league free agent first baseman, Allan Dykstra, broke his fibula, and is on his way to New York for possible surgery.

 

 

Allan Dykstra, 26, won the Eastern League MVP this past season, and was additionally named the Mets Sterling Organizational Player of the Year.  In 122 games for the Binghamton Mets, Allan set career highs with 21 home runs, 82 RBI, a .436 OBP, a .503 slugging average, and a .938 OPS.  Otherwise, in 372 official plate appearances, he had 102 hits, for a 274 batting average, and scored 56 runs.

I personally hoped the Mets would resign him, and that he would compete for the first base job next Spring.  I stated my case in his support back on November 10th.

Dykstra played 13 games for los Navegantes de Magallanes of the Venezuelan league.  In 38 at-bats, he had 15 hits for a .395 average.  He scored 5 runs, hit 2 doubles, one home run, had 4 RBI, walked 6 times and struck out a whopping 11 times.  However, he posted a .486 OBP, accompanied by a .576 slugging average and a 1.015 OPS.

Allan is a former first round draft pick, a six year minor league veteran, and is not listed on the Mets 40-man roster, which makes him eligible for minor league free agency.

He will potentially be out of action, pending surgery, for up to ten weeks.

 

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