Mets: Where does outfielder Bryce Brentz fit in our future?
By Richard Heaton
The Mets have a lot of depth in the outfield. One more addition wouldn’t really hurt when you’re talking about Bryce Brentz.
Bryce Brentz is an odd case when it comes to baseball. In 2010 he was drafted by the Boston Red Sox in the first round of the draft. Eight years later he’s playing for the Las Vegas 51’s and only has 34 MLB games under his belt.
Injuries have pretty much ruined most of his career, but apparently he gets even better the more injured he gets and the longer he spends in the minors. As a result, the New York Mets might really be able to capitalize on his talents down the road.
He spent nearly his entire career with the Red Sox up until the end of the 2017 season and currently has nearly 150 career home runs in the minors. However, because of injuries and some issues with talent, he went four straight seasons without being able to reach 90 games from 2013 until 2016.
In 2011 he hit .308 with 30 home runs. Then he averaged about 12 to 20 home runs a year since then. While his average has started to dip, his power has been on the rise as of late.
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Last season he played in 120 games and he hit .271. He hit 31 home runs and drove in 85 runs. Those are great numbers even though he only played in three fourths of the season. This season was his first away from the Red Sox and he did even better with the Las Vegas 51’s, despite missing nearly three months with another injury.
During his first 52 games in Las Vegas he hit 15 home runs while driving in 45 runs. He also holds a .906 OPS, which is the second highest of his career, and his higher than all of his shortened seasons.
Bryce was out of action from May 6th until July 28th. If he had stayed healthy and played the entire season up until this point, he could have easily had the same power numbers that Peter Alonso had been posting for Las Vegas. It’s also possible that he could have been called up at one point to replace one of the injured outfielders.
Bryce wouldn’t really offer much help this season other than to show off what he can do, but maybe he can be vital in the future. He’s going to turn 30 at the end of the year but the Mets will apparently still have him under control for a few seasons.
If he can translate what he’s been doing all his life into a solid MLB showcase, he could become a good player for the next few seasons, either as a full time player, bench player, or injury replacement. Most likely, he could represent a better version of Lucas Duda and Jay Bruce.
It’s very unlikely that his numbers would translate point for point, but a full season in the majors could get Bryce a .260 to .275 batting average with 20 to 26 home runs and at least 80 RBI’s.
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That sort of power for someone the Mets claimed off waivers would be amazing over the next few years and could really help the team whichever direction they take.