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New York Mets outfield report cards for the 2018 season

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BOSTON, MA - SEPTEMBER 14: Michael Conforto #30 of the New York Mets celebrates with Brandon Nimmo #9 after scoring a run against the Boston Red Sox during the first inning at Fenway Park on September 14, 2018 in Boston, Massachusetts.(Photo by Maddie Meyer/Getty Images)
BOSTON, MA - SEPTEMBER 14: Michael Conforto #30 of the New York Mets celebrates with Brandon Nimmo #9 after scoring a run against the Boston Red Sox during the first inning at Fenway Park on September 14, 2018 in Boston, Massachusetts.(Photo by Maddie Meyer/Getty Images)
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 Kevin Kaczmarski RF

The nicknames: Kaz

The review: Kevin Kaczmarski is another player who was called up and not used and then sent back down for no apparent reason. Mickey Callaway, like Terry Collins, seems to prefer veterans, even ones who are clearly over the hill, to young unproven players who might be useful.

The offensive stats: PA 5, .000/.200/.000/.200

The defensive stats: UZR/150 (RF 6 innings) 73.8

The grade: incomplete

The strengths: good hitter in the minors, with a good OBP

The weaknesses: lack of power, inability to make Mickey Callaway write his name on the lineup card

Notes: He may be in the Witness Protection Program, since the above photo is the only one we have, and we can’t see his face.

Matt den Dekker CF

The nicknames: Upper Dekker, MdD

The review: Matt den Dekker was signed to fill in for a depleted Las Vegas 51s outfield, and no-one expected to see him patrolling centerfield for the New York Mets this year. That he did so, and did it surprisingly poorly, to go along with offensive production that could hardly be worse, led to his outright back to Vegas.

The Mets have to lead MLB in bringing back Mets retreads way past their expiration date.

The offensive stats: PA 21, .000/.095/.000/.095, 2 BBs and zero total bases

The defensive stats: UZR/150 (CF 46 innings) -31.5

The grade: F

The strengths: one of the three little d’s

The weaknesses: no longer a passable major league player

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