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Dispatches from Port St. Lucie, 3/23

There is officially one week to go until Opening Day.

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What we learned: Though Jenrry Mejia has outpitched Daisuke Matsuzaka this spring, Mejia’s low innings total last year may preclude him from joining the Opening Day rotation.

What we wrote:

Around the league:

They said it:

“Tim Teufel was probably not happy.” –Daniel Murphy on his between-the-legs throw to first, referring to the Mets’ third-base coach and infield instructor.

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How has Wright improved on defense?

After a few seasons of lackluster defensive play, David Wright has rebounded to be one of baseball’s most consistent third basemen over the first five weeks of 2012. That story describes how Wright worked with third-base coach Tim Teufel this spring on his defensive positioning, both while waiting for balls to be hit to him and while preparing to throw to first base.

But how exactly has Wright improved? I spoke today to author, statistician and defensive expert John Dewan, whose “Fielding Bible” is required reading for many Major League general managers. Dewan uses a Plus/Minus system that calculates how many runs a fielder saves versus the average player at his position, breaking it down to various aspects of a player’s game. Dewan’s data shows that Wright has already saved two runs on balls hit to his right this season, making him suddenly a very good third baseman on those reaction shots down the third-base line.

Compare that to Wright’s specific struggles of years past and it’s a big, big change. As Dewan wrote in the third edition of his “Fielding Bible,” which came out this spring, “It seems that Wright has the physical tools to make highlight-reel plays; if his range to his right improved and he limited the misplays on throws, he could possibly work his way into the Fielding Bible Award discussion in the future.”

That, thanks to Teufel, is exactly what Wright has done so far in 2012. It’s a neat little story about how stats and scouts don’t always have to be independent; it’s a human game, and players who work can sometimes overcome their shortcomings of the past.

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Report from Port St. Lucie, 3/4

Word out of Mets camp is that Ike Davis’ Valley Fever diagnosis will not restrict him going forward. That said, the Mets will be cautious with their first baseman, preventing him from becoming too fatigued.

Also today, check out Marty Noble’s profile of new third-base coach Tim Teufel.

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