Mets Season in Review: Alejandro De Aza
Areas for improvement
De Aza’s biggest improvements will undoubtedly have to be focused on his offense. His awful season with the Mets came after a much better season with three clubs in 2015, so it’s something he should be able to get back.
His struggles at the plate could almost be predicted by the count he swung at, so that should be an area to look at. De Aza was awful when swinging on the first pitch (.188 AVG, .313 SLG). He also struggled in at the bat if the count started 0-1 (.133/.198/.208). On the flip side, if he just took ball 1 to start, his average and on-base percentage skyrocketed (.296/.420).
Of course, pitchers know this as well, so they’ll keep looking to get ahead if he can’t get better on first pitch swinging. If he wants to be able to lock a major league job for next season, that should be where he looks to improve.