Mets have discussed promoting den Dekker

NEW YORK -- Matt den Dekker's .329 batting average with Triple-A Las Vegas ranks second in the Pacific Coast League, trailing leader Andy Marte of Reno by one point.

And Terry Collins said Saturday there has been “a lot of talk” about bringing den Dekker back to the majors.

Matt den Dekker

Matt den Dekker

#6 CF
Las Vegas (AAA)

2014 STATS

  • GM87
  • HR7

  • RBI44

  • R67

  • OBP.399

  • AVG.329

Of course, if that were to happen before rosters expand on Sept. 1, it might very well require subtracting an outfielder, presumably Bobby Abreu or Chris Young. (A team official told ESPNNewYork.com on Thursday that the Mets likely would first put those players through the waiver process and see if any interest existed.)

“He’s been hitting the ball good,” Collins said about den Dekker, who was demoted June 18. “The one thing about Matt, as well all know, he’s done it at every level he’s been to. The second year he goes to a level, he swings great. The one thing we’ve got to do is keep the contact consistent.”

Den Dekker has 62 strikeouts in 316 PCL at-bats this season -- actually a modest rate by his standards.

He has 36 Ks in 103 career major league at-bats. Last year with Vegas he had 46 Ks in 179 at-bats.

“In the past he’s had a tendency to strike out,” Collins said. “Power hitters, as you know, strike out. I don’t know what kind of power hitter Matt’s going to end up being. We know he’s got power. The one thing we’ve always told him to do is, ‘Listen, you’ve got to put the ball in play better. And when you do, you know, those numbers add up here.’

“When he’s been up and down, it’s always hard, because they don’t get consistent at-bats. But the strikeout has been a big holdback as far as how much playing time he’s going to get here. So we’re hoping that when he comes back, and there’s been a lot of talk about bringing him back -- when I don’t know -- but hopefully it’s going to be a chance to be in there every day.”