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Pickup of the Day

PUD 8/12: Matt den Dekker

by D.J. Short
Updated On: October 4, 2018, 4:09 pm ET

Welcome to Pickup of the Day, where every weekday we'll pick an under-the-radar player whose immediate value is on the rise. The idea here is to identify a starter who can give you some solid innings off the scrap heap, a talented backup who's been given a chance because of a starter's injury, an unheralded regular with a favorable matchup, or a potential breakout player who's starting to put it together. Unlike regular waiver-wire advice, Pickup of the Day is geared more towards interim success, but hopefully we'll have the intuition to help you snag a waiver-wire gem a few times this season.

 

After cutting ties with Bobby Abreu and Chris Young over the past week, the Mets are set to give Matt den Dekker a try as their regular left fielder. The 27-year-old has struggled in his previous stints in the majors, but he was tearing things up at Triple-A Las Vegas this season, putting up a .334/.407/.540 batting line to go along with 46 extra-base hits (including six home runs) and nine stolen bases over 93 games. Yes, we're talking about Pacific Coast League numbers here, but he did a good job cutting down on his strikeouts this year. This can partially be attributed to him lowering his hands, which has made his bat move quicker through the zone. It's an intriguing change. And it's something that has already been noticeable since his return to the majors. Matt Campbell is expected to see at-bats against lefties, but den Dekker should have the opportunity to provide value in NL-only leagues and possibly some deeper mixed formats as well. Keep an eye on him at the very least.