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Mets' outfielder off to strong start in Class A

New York Mets center fielder Matt den Dekker

New York Mets center fielder Matt den Dekker attempts but fails to catch the double hit by Florida Marlins' Brett Hayes during the eighth inning of a spring training game. (March 30, 2011) Photo Credit: AP

Matt den Dekker, the Mets’ fifth-round pick in last year’s draft, made a few impressive cameos during spring training for the big-league club and he’s continued to play well at Class A St. Lucie. The 23-year-old outfielder went 2-for-4 yesterday with a three-run homer and a sacrifice fly in a 9-4 victory over Bradenton.

Overall, den Dekker is batting .370 (30-for-81) with 11 doubles, two triples, one homer and 15 RBIs in 19 games. The speedy den Dekker, with a .395 on-base percentage, has been the regular No. 2 hitter at St. Lucie, sandwiched between leadoff man Cesar Puello and Wilmer Flores, and has scored a team-high 19 runs.

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