Scouting Lucas Duda; Heyward thoughts 

August, 15, 2011
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Ike Davis' ankle injury and Carlos Beltran's departure have given 25-year-old Lucas Duda a chance at some regular playing time with the Mets, and he has held his own thus far, hitting .276 with a .448 slugging percentage and handling the strike zone well while playing first base and the outfield.

Duda is a strong, 6-foot-4, left-handed hitter who, up until 2010, was known more for his "5 o'clock power," a scouting term for a player who puts on a big show in batting practice but isn't able to carry over that power to the game. A seventh-round pick out of USC in 2007, Duda didn't hit for the kind of power his size and raw strength in college suggested he should, nor did he do so the first three seasons of his pro career, although he did post good on-base percentages.

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