Over the New York Knicks last seven games, Jeremy Lin has averaged 24.4 points and 9.1 assists per game, and he has come from out of nowhere to lead the team to seven straight wins. I'm a Carmelo Anthony fan in the NBA, so I follow the Knicks, and Jeremy Lin has saved the Knicks season in 2012.
What Jeremy Lin has done has been astonishing. He is 23 years old, and in his second year in the NBA. As anybody who has watched Lin play over the past two weeks knows, the kid can play. All he needed was the opportunity.
As the New York Mets head into spring training in 2012, the team is in desperate need of some players. In 2011, the Mets went just 77-85 on the season, and they lost their best offensive player, Jose Reyes, to free agency. Jose Reyes was a big player for the Mets, especially since he was such a gifted shortstop, as well as a hitter.
Due to the Mets owners involvement with Bernie Madoff, the team finds itself under tight budgetary restraints. That was the main reason that Jose Reyes left the team. I live in the New York area, and have lots of friends who are New York Mets fans. Lately, a few of them asked me if the Mets have anybody like Jeremy Lin around to save their season.
Looking over the Mets minor league system, they have a shortstop by the name of Daniel Muno who could actually be the New York Mets own Jeremy Lin.
Daniel Muno Stats
Daniel Muno just turned 23 years old on February 9, 2012. That's the same age as Jeremy Lin. Muno played college baseball for the Fresno State Bulldogs, and was a great offensive player in 2010.
During the 2010 college baseball season, Daniel Muno had 246 official at-bats and he had seven home runs, 33 RBI's and 68 runs scored, while batting .329. He had a slugging percentage (SLG) of .500 and a on-base percentage (OBP) of .444. He led the Bulldogs in runs scored and OBP.
It's the runs scored stat that made Daniel Muno such a great offensive player at Fresno State. He scored 68 runs in just 246 at-bats. That means he scored a run once every 27.6% of the time he batted. That's excellent, Babe Ruth scored a run once every 25.9% of the time he officially batted.
The Mets drafted Daniel Muno in the eighth round of the 2011 MLB Amateur Draft. Muno played the 2011 season for the Mets A ball team the Brooklyn Cyclones. Again, he showed great offense, as he hit two home runs, had 24 RBI's, and scored 45 runs in 220 official at-bats, while hitting .355. Muno also had a SLG of .514 and a OBP of .466.
Muno scored a run once every 20.5% of the time he batted for the Brooklyn Cyclones. That's an excellent percentage. For comparison purposes, Jose Reyes has scored a run once every 16.5% of the time has has had an official at-bat in the major leagues.
Muno Could Lead-off and Score Runs for the Mets in 2012
Of course, Daniel Muno was a great offensive player in A ball and not in the major leagues. He played 52 of his 54 games last season at shortstop, but he had a bad fielding percentage of .952, with 11 errors in 52 games. But if the New York Mets give Daniel Muno a chance to play for them this season, his stats say he would be a pretty good offensive player for them.
The Mets are tentatively planning on playing Ruben Tejada at shortstop in 2012. Tejada is an awful offensive player, who has scored a run an average of once every 10.9% of the time he has batted in the major leagues. That is just bad, and well below what an average player would do.
The odds are pretty long that the New York Mets will give Daniel Muno a chance to play for them on the major league level in 2012. But if they do, he has a chance to be a pretty good offensive player for them, which could make him the Jeremy Lin of the New York Mets.