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Mets want to see more of Valdespin at the plate

MILWAUKEE -- Throughout his first season with the Mets, utility player Jordany Valdespin has been very versatile, seeing time all over the outfield and at both middle-infield spots.

Valdespin started Friday night in right field, and the majority (36 of 54 games) of his time has come in the outfield. But as far as a long-term fit, Mets manager Terry Collins sees the 24-year-old as "more of an infielder."

"But right now, we want to try to get him in the lineup a little bit to see how he's going to handle the bat, how his bat's going to play," Collins said. "There's a lot of talk about, 'Let's see if this guy's going to hit or not."

Valdespin entered the weekend series in Milwaukee batting .244 with eight home runs and 26 RBIs. Out of those eight homers, five have come in pinch-hit appearances.

Those pinch-hit home runs aside, what kind of hitter is Valdespin?

"One of the things I'm seeing is that he's going up there now with a little bit better game plan," Collins said. "When he first got up here, he was coming right out of the gates swinging like crazy and had some great success.

"Now they've changed the way they pitch to him, and I think he's starting to make some adjustments. I'm going to hope that as we get near the end of the season, that he continues to get better at it."

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MIL Full Game Coverage WAUKEE -- Throughout his first season with the Mets, utility player Jordany Valdespin has been very versatile, seeing time all over the outfield and at both middle-infield spots.

Valdespin started Friday night in right field, and the majority (36 of 54 games) of his time has come in the outfield. But as far as a long-term fit, Mets manager Terry Collins sees the 24-year-old as "more of an infielder."

"But right now, we want to try to get him in the lineup a little bit to see how he's going to handle the bat, how his bat's going to play," Collins said. "There's a lot of talk about, 'Let's see if this guy's going to hit or not."

Valdespin entered the weekend series in Milwaukee batting .244 with eight home runs and 26 RBIs. Out of those eight homers, five have come in pinch-hit appearances.

Those pinch-hit home runs aside, what kind of hitter is Valdespin?

"One of the things I'm seeing is that he's going up there now with a little bit better game plan," Collins said. "When he first got up here, he was coming right out of the gates swinging like crazy and had some great success.

"Now they've changed the way they pitch to him, and I think he's starting to make some adjustments. I'm going to hope that as we get near the end of the season, that he continues to get better at it."

This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.