Previewing Allan Dykstra
You’ve seen a couple of plate appearances from Allan Dykstra. Here’s what to expect.
Originally drafted by the Padres, Dykstra spent the last four seasons in the Mets organization. He reached Triple-A last season for the first time, and went on to hit. 280/.426/.504 in 439 plate appearances. Impressive figures, except for two things: 1) Dykstra was 27 years old, or overage for the level, and 2) Las Vegas is a notoriously hitter-friendly ballpark—so much so that Dykstra’s .930 OPS ranked fifth on the team, behind catcher Taylor Teagarden, utility man Eric Campbell, outfielder Matt den Dekker, and shortstop Wilmer Flores.
Unsurprisingly, scouts consider Dykstra a Quad-A player—or good enough to succeed in Triple-A, but too flawed to work in the majors. He’s a large feller with plus raw power, yet the in-game usability is limited due to a suspect hit tool. His swing is long and his bat is slow, and he needs to be protected versus left-handed pitchers. What’s more is, while Dykstra works counts, his swing-and-miss tendencies will result in a lot of strikeouts. If that’s not enough reason to be skeptical about his expected output, Dykstra grades as a poor runner and below-average defender.
The best-case scenario sees Dykstra do his best Juan Francisco impression for two weeks. That’s going to be tough, however, since teams figure to employ extreme-pull shifts against him while feeding him a steady diet of heat inside and soft and spinning away.