Mets 2017 Season Preview: Which player is most likely to surprise?
Richard Gueren, Staff Writer
Curtis Granderson is the player most likely to surprise in 2017. What makes me confident about Granderson is that he is an experienced veteran with solid production and a positive leader on a club that needs one.
Let’s be honest, Granderson is a role model who all professional sports players should look up to and emulate. He is very generous with his time and is constantly involved in charitable organizations that are trying to aid less fortunate people.
On the diamond, Granderson is also a solid baseball player with years of experience under his belt. Granderson is playing for his third MLB team and is currently entering his fourth season with the Mets. While Granderson has never been an offensive machine, he does give you reliable defense in the outfield.
Last season was a bit of a struggle for Granderson (.237/.335/.464), even though he raised his average as the second half of the season wore on, which helped propel the Mets to a Wild Card berth.
Additionally, Granderson is being asked to play centerfield this season, which may or may not be something that his body and age can endure at this point.
However, as indicated earlier, I still believe in Grandy because his career numbers are higher (.255/.340/.474) and the fact that he is strong leader in the clubhouse. Just the fact that Granderson has so selflessly accepted the task of playing center field for, say 130 games, demonstrates what he can bring to the table.