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Colin Curtis Early Favorite to be 2010 Darren Reed

By Mike Silva ~ March 4th, 2010. Filed under: Mike Silva, New York Mets, New York Yankees.

Last year I had some fun late in Spring Training and speculated who would be the Darren Reed of spring training.

Many fans may not remember Reed. After all he only had 153 major league at bats, but did play for both the Mets and Yankees. Reed was originally drafted by the Yankees in 1984 and was traded to the Mets for Rafael Santana. For a couple of years in the early nineties Reed would lead the team in homers and RBI’s during spring training, only to be sent down because of a numbers game. His minor league numbers weren’t bad slugging around .500 for Tidewater and hitting as many as 28 homers in an MILB season.

Obviously spring training numbers can be deceptive. Angel Berroa had a great spring for the Yankees, but wound up hitting .174 for the Bombers once the season started. Regardless, it’s fun to see someone like Colin Curtis and his number 98 hit a game winning homer in the spring.

Curtis is a long shot to make the team. He had a great Arizona Fall League hitting 5 homers and driving in 18 runs. As Jed said earlier this week Curtis has solid tools, but has never been able to put it all together. Perhaps this is the year he finally does. A lefty outfielder with pop obviously profiles well at Yankee Stadium. With so little positions up for grabs in Tampa there could be a few others in the same boat as Curtis.

In Port St. Lucie the Mets have a couple of Darren Reed’s of their own. Jerry Manuel seems to love the idea of Mike Jacobs being a power bat off the bench. Depending on how many pitchers the Mets take you could see some interesting names on the outside looking in. Russ Adams, Frank Catalanotto and Chris Carter seem to all be candidates. Carter actually is the closest thing to Reed as he has been the 26th man for a few years while in Boston. All he has done is hit for power and average in the minors.

We all know the gap between AAA and the majors can be wide, but sometimes it’s a matter of opportunity. If Darren Reed made the Mets in 1990 or 1991 perhaps his career takes a different turn. Do you have any guesses of others on either team that will win the 2010 Darren Reed award?

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1 Response to Colin Curtis Early Favorite to be 2010 Darren Reed

  1. Darren Reed

    I had no idea that a Darren Reed Spring Training award was really an Award to be proud of or what.
    I would workout twice a day 6 days a week during the off season to make sure I would be in the best shape possible. I had in mind every spring that I was going to force them to make a move that would open up a spot for me on the team. I did become very discouraged after the numbers I would put up every spring and all I would get was a song a dance and a tired excuse.
    You are correct when you wrote ( if Darren Reed made the Mets in 1990 & 1991 perhaps his career takes a different turn ) I am a firm beleiver of that.
    I truley loved playing in New York and I am a true beleiver that The fans of NY are the best! ( Love ya 1 minute and want to kill ya the next ) I loved it and still Love the Mets!
    Maybe the Mets can invite me sometime to present this Award. ( or who knows……maybe a coach ) :)

    Darren Reed

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