While he is not lighting the world on fire in Las Vegas, eventually Ruben Tejada will be called backed up to the majors when rosters expand in September. From there, what kind of role can we expect of Tejada once he arrives?
Obviously, nothing should be handed to Tejada, as he has been horrible from the get go this season. He has struggled mightily in both Las Vegas and in the majors. With the Mets, Tejada has posted a measly .209/.267/.262 slash line, while in Vegas, it isn’t that much better: .267/ .267/.262
However, do the Mets really consider current shortstop Omar Quintanilla part of the future? Probably not. It actually is a position the Mets will probably want to upgrade in the offseason, as both Tejada and Quintanilla are clearly not cutting it, at least from an offensive perspective.
So, with both players struggling, and with no other great options in the minors, it seems at the very least that Terry Collins should go with a platoon.
While Collins has expressed his love for Quintanilla on many occasions, it’s not like Quintanilla is thriving in this spot, as he too has a weak .225/.311./.293 slash line. Is Quintanilla’s defense that much better, that when Tejada comes up, Tejada should still sit the majority of games?
Chew on this. Quintanilla is 32, while Tejada is 23.
With that said, why should a guy (Quintanilla), who is only doing marginally better than what Tejada did earlier in the year—and is nine years older—being given this much preference?
Again, Tejada may not be the future either, and he does have to earn his playing time. But given the fact that Tejada is much younger, he should at least be a given a fair chance at playing time in September. This way it will give the Mets a better grasp on whether or not Tejada can be part of the Mets’ future.
Quintanilla should be commended for giving this team a spark when he was initially called up, as he was clearly a better option at the time over Tejada, but whatever luster there was, it has since worn off.
September should be the time Tejada is given one, final hard look to see if he can be the Mets starting shortstop for 2014. If he fails, then it’s clear the Mets have to look outside the organization for help.